Congrats on successfully completing the 225S course!
The 3 SPCs did have the books, On-Demand, the whole package minus a physical instructor. There are several people in the 25D courses now, and they have even added 2 more courses to the curriculum (Forensics and Intrusion Analysis) to better reflect the 255S course, which is ARCYBER's intention. Essentially, the next 7 25D classes that 442nd kicks out are being assigned directly to the USACPB (US Army Cyber Protection Brigade), in an Army Cyber billet. The courses that follow these 7 will be carefully scrutinized, based on potential, and available slots at USACPB. VERY SOON the 35Q, 25D, 255S, etc. will all be realigned into a 17 Series Cyber Branch (either this September or October), in the mean time our ERBs reflect a fencing code to keep us assigned to Army Cyber billets. The MTOEs for BCTs have 25Ds, and they too will get 25Ds; can't say for sure when, but I am sure that it won't be till after ARCYBER mission req. are met.
I am on a CPT (Cyber Protection Team), and I have a Cyber Soldier who is a 35Q SPC, ever bit as capable as any 25D or 255S, but he is the exception, not the rule, until/if these SPCs prove they can hack-it. There is another program happening as well, where the existing 25B (SGTs and SSGs) in the USACPB are attending the 25D course (minus COMSEC) for the Y2 Identifier, which allows them to work in a 25D Cyber billet, and affords them the possibility of one day being awarded the 25D MOS, should they procure the req. COMSEC courses (while they are still req).
For SFCs and MSGs 25D applicants, time is running out, as the allowance for these ranks is only 1 yr. from the effective date of the MILPER MSG. Please review the MILPER MSG in it's entirety as some have applied, not realizing they did not meet the min requirements.
THIS MILPER MESSAGE ... EXPIRES NLT 31 JAN 15.
Details: https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milpe...aspx?MILPERID=14-085 https://www.hrc.army.mil/Milper/14-195
(augments above MILPER MSG)
All I can say is keep your fingers crossed for the 3 SPCs that are in the course, and we at the USACPB will keep a boot firmly planted in their a$$e$. I will post the progress of the 3 SPCs as it becomes available. Everybody else keep reading those books!
While our mission is obviously the protection of DoD networks, etc. it doesn't hurt to mention that the courses you will take in the 25D course are directly applicable to a Masters Degree in Information Security Engineering with the SANS Technology Institute. Also University of Maryland recognizes a lot of the training you will take as College Credits. Do I really need to mention the 6-figure salaries you would easily apply for in the commercial sector? There is always someone looking to make a quick buck, well this course would not be for you if that was your intent, as you must successfully complete the entire course, and serve the required follow-on enlistment years in order to even be able to attend or finish. The training, if you haven't already figured out, is all commercial, and is the best in the world, therefore, it isn't cheap. if you tried to attain on your own, the level of knowledge and certifications that this course has to offer, you would easily pay over $50,000.00 out of pocket.
In addition to reading books on Cyber, it would also help you to enroll (it's free) in http://www.codecademy.com/tracks/python
..this will help prepare you for the Python course in the 25D course. But why Python? Python is used in numerous useful Linux Tools... it is well integrated in Kali Linux, and is the most easy programing language to learn ... http://www.amazon.com/Python-K...amming/dp/1593274076
Hey! If Kids can do it, so can you!
The new recruitment link and video are found here:
I am a firm believer that one should always utilize their COC and Career Counselor to the greatest extent possible, however, if you are not getting the answers you seek about reclassify to MOS 25D, or the MOS in general, you can personally msg. me and I will get you the answers you seek.
(Leave out any PII or mission data, full name is sufficient).