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FA24 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTIONS:

  1. What is the ISOL? Do I have to attend the ISOL before attending the TSEC?
  2. Is the ISOL/TSEC open to Joint Services?
  3. What do I need to bring to the TSEC?
  4. How about some general information about FA24?
  5. What math we need to be familiar with?
  6. Am I expected to purchase the textbooks myself?
  7. I don't have a hard science undergraduate degree. Can I still come to the TSEC?
  8. Can I arrange to get a post office box at Fort Gordon so I can start sending my household goods?
  9. DA Pam 600-3 lists FA24 as Information Systems Engineer, PERSCOM lists it as Systems Engineering, what is the correct name?
  10. What is the difference between an FA24 and an FA53 Officer?
  11. Where can I go to find what the requirements are of signal officers and FA24 Officers?
  12. What is the Signal Corps and what is the Signal Corps Regiment?
  13. Where can I find some helpful sites to set me up for success at Fort Gordon, GA?
  14. What can I do to prepare myself for the FA24 course?

1. What is the ISOL? Do I have to attend the ISOL before attending the TSEC?

In the beginning, the Information Systems Operations Levelers (ISOL) Course was meant to introduce non-Signal Officers to the Signal Corps (mission and organization), provide students with the communications and automation training given in the Signal Officers Basic and Advance Courses, and prepare students for the follow-on 24 course. Non-Signal officers would attend the ISOL before attending either the TSEC or Systems Automation Course (SAC FA53) course. The first four weeks of the ISOL would be taught by instructors at the TSEC, and the last six weeks would be taught by instructors at the SAC course. As both courses developed, we realized that attending SOBC and/or SCCC could not compare to the depth being presented in the ISOL, so now all TSEC students must attend the ISOL. You may, however, request to waive attendance at the ISOL provided you can demonstrate a knowledge of the material (Have a recent CCNA). Essentially, the ISOL/TSEC is one course, but the course material in the ISOL is more foundational.

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2. Is the ISOL/TSEC open to Joint Services?

Yes. The ISOL/TSEC is now open to Joint Services and DoD Civilians on a space available basis.

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3. What do I need to bring to the TSEC?

This Website has information and links see the FA24 Prerequisites section.

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4. How about some general information about FA24?

This Website and other OCOS briefings can help you. Explore the links to math tutorials and other links from this FA24 website.

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5. What math we need to be familiar with?

 

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6. Am I expected to purchase the textbooks myself?

No. We issue all textbooks, RFCs, IEEE, and International Telecommunications Standards to every student to take with them when they graduate. You SHOULD Consider, however, purchasing a good telecom reference for your own use. Students in the current TSEC class recommend Harry Newton's Telecom Dictionary (ISBN 1578200539) and/or Tom Sheldon's, The Encyclopedia of Networking, Electronic Edition (ISBN 0078823331).


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7. I don't have a hard science undergraduate degree. Can I still come to the TSEC?

Maybe. But you will have a very difficult time. The TSEC is not like other military courses. It is extremely difficult to keep up with the work load and there is no inflated system to keep students from failing. Students spend 20-40 hours per week (outside of class) working homework assignments, performing lab experiments, and researching for papers. Students are expected to be computer literate before they arrive and learn to program in C and MATLAB during the first month. Many of the current students (all of which have hard science degrees) find the work load and the course material very demanding. Please call the office and we can put you in touch with the current course leader to give you a student's point of view on the work load.

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8. Can I arrange to get a post office box at Fort Gordon so I can start sending my household goods?

Absolutely. Go to your local post office and fill out PS Form 1093 (application for Post Office Box). Pay your local post office and make sure they initial box 14 (identification verification) and then mail the form to the Fort Gordon Post Office:

Postmaster
Fort Gordon, GA 30905

The post office here will open a PO box for you and when you arrive, show some picture ID and your receipt to retrieve your box key. If you intend to get reimbursed for postage, make sure you ask for and get written authorization to ship personal goods via US Mail (this is only a requirement at the Fort Gordon Transportation Office, not Army-wide).

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9. DA Pam 600-3 lists FA24 as Information Systems Engineer, PERSCOM lists it as Systems Engineering, what is the correct name?

The current DA Pam 600-3 lists FA 24 as Information Systems Engineering with three Areas of Concentration:

  • FA24A: Telecommunication Systems Engineer
  • FA24B: Data Systems Engineer
  • FA24Z: Information Systems Engineer (Colonels Only)

Since DA Pam 600-3 was published, the regiment recognized that the FA24B tasks were too similar to FA53 and correctly eliminated FA24B. OCOS is working now to recode the FA24B job positions to FA53. The result is that now the functional area is called Information Systems Engineer, but the only area of concentration is the Telecommunication Systems Engineer. Our course is the Telecommunication Systems Engineer Course and is meant to qualify FA24A officers. If you are an FA24B, you have the choice of continuing into FA24A or being recoded into FA53. Call your branch manager for details.

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10. What is the difference between an FA24 and an FA53 officer?

Good question. We've been trying to define the difference between an FA53 and an FA24 and have come up with these ways to distinguish the skill sets of these officers:

1. Define the environment for each. We use the following illustration to describe how the FA24 officer lives in the WAN, while the FA 53 officer lives in the LAN. In some places (like the router) the skills and responsibilities overlap.

2. Define the training for each. If the skill sets are so similar, why don't we just train officers to do both? Well, take a look at the training for FA24s and FA53s. The common training takes 10 weeks and each of the functional area courses take 20 weeks. It would take 50 weeks to teach both and the way technology changes, by the time an officer graduated, the material from the first part of the course could be obsolete. You can also go to question number four and look at the tasks, math, and general topics FA24s are expected to know.

FA53 vs FA24

Training (10-weeks): Information Systems Officer Leveler's Course

  • Introduction to the Signal Regiment
  • Math for Telecommunications Engineers
  • Legacy and Future Telecommunication Systems
  • Cisco Academy, 1st Semester
  • Cisco Academy, 2rd Semester
  • Cisco Academy, 3rd Semester
  • Cisco Academy, 4th Semester
  • Basic Electronics and Digital Logic
  • IASO Security Course

FA24 Officers attend the Telecom Systems Engineer Course (20 weeks):

  • Telecommunications Systems Models
  • Data Communications
  • Switching
  • Information Assurance and Network Security
  • Network Management
  • Network Design
  • Capstone

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11. Where can I go to find out what the requirements are of signal officers and FA24 officers?

  • The US Army Signal Officer (DA PAM 600-3, Chapter 17) - document
  • The FA24 Telecommunication Systems Engineer (DA PAM 600-3, Chapter 39) - document
  • Introduction to the Signal Corps (Web site)

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12. What is the Signal Corps and what is the Signal Corps Regiment?

Introduction to the Signal Corps (Web site)

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13. Where can I find some helpful sites to set me up for success at Fort Gordon, GA?

See the listing in the "FA24 Pages" menu and "Links" menu at top of this page.

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14. What can I do to prepare myself for the FA24 course?

Students identified via ATRRS to attend the FA24 course will be enrolled on the Fort Gordon whiteboard site and will have access to all the modules they will encounter during the course with exception of Cisco Academy. In some cases books are available. It behooves Course attendees to read the syllabus first and read and/or scan the areas identified on the syllabus to gain a understanding of what they will encounter. In most cases their are not books available on whiteboard, however, bare in mind the whiteboard is a working progress and is continuously being improved.

 

 

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