Functional Area 24 Telecommunications Systems Engineer

 Functional Area 24 (FA24) officers engineer secure and reliable to support Army and Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) operations worldwide.  FA24s provide the Army with a corps of highly skilled communication network and systems engineers who plan, design, engineer, implement, and operate portions of the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN).

FA24 Officers are innovative, agile, adaptive, problem solving leaders who embody the Army Values and Warrior Ethos. FA24 Officers must be able to transform highly technical concepts into practical solutions to meet Warfighter communications  requirements.

Why Become an FA24FA24 DutiesFA24 Training

Demanding, Dynamic Career Field
Challenging assignments at the tactical, operational and strategic levels
Utilize Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) education while leading teams of technical experts
9+ graduate-level education credits for completing FA24 training course
LTC Centralized Selection List (CSL) billets for Regional Cyber Center (RCC) Directors

Career Flexibility
• All FA24 positions are Key Development (KD)
• Assignment Diversity
• Broadening Opportunities 
       • Advanced Civil Schooling  
        • Training with Industry

Personal Benefits
• Highly marketable skills and certifications  
• Leadership and technical skill development  
• Lifelong learning in constantly changing field of Information Technology

FA24s specialize in leading teams of technical experts in a variety of locations and assignments around the world to engineer solutions to meet Army communications requirements. Our unique skill set to plan, design, engineer, implement, and operate enterprise scale information networks allows for diverse assignment opportunities from  Signal Brigades, Divisions and Corps to Army-wide strategic, Joint, Multi-National, Cyber Mission Force, and Special Mission Units. FA24 duties are incredibly varied ranging from engineering communications infrastructure in Afghanistan to positions working at the National Security Agency and Army Cyber Command.

FA24s also serve in institutional support assignments as collegiate academic professors at the Cyber Center of Excellence, Air Force Institute of Technology, and United States Military Academy at West Point. Additionally FA24s' information technology experience is critical in developing the next generation of systems and networks for the Department of Defense and the Army in testing, evaluation, and development roles at the Army Communication and Electronic Command and other organizations.

Reserve Component FA24s in the Army Reserve and National Guard perform similar roles as their Active Duty counterparts and are able to leverage their civilian work experience to meet Army communications requirements.  

FA24 Officer Training begins at the Army Cyber Center of Excellence at Fort Gordon, Georgia where you will attend the Telecommunications Systems Engineer Course (TSEC). The 30 week long course provides a foundation in network and systems engineering to prepare FA24 officers to serve in a multitude of roles in tactical, operational and strategic organizations.

Currently, TSEC consists of 12 modules, nine of which are taught at the graduate level by PhD University professors. These modules cover topics ranging from IP networking to cybersecurity. Completion of TSEC provides 9+ graduate credits accepted by Syracuse University, University of Maryland and University of Colorado towards Master of Science degrees. 

 More information about TSEC can be found at the link below (CAC Required)

Frequently Asked QuestionsEligibilityHow to Apply
Telecommunications? Do FA24s work with telephones?

No. While the duty title Telecommunications Systems Engineer is dated, FA24s are responsible for engineering and integrating cutting edge technology to meet rapidly changing Army communications requirements
What is a Functional Area?

A Functional Area is a grouping of officers by technical specialty due to the unique education, training and experience required for their field. The Signal Corps contains both FA24 Telecommunications Systems Engineering officer and FA53 Information Systems Management officer Functional Areas. FA24s comprise approximately 7% of officers within the Signal Corps

What is the difference between FA24, FA53, 25A and 17A officers? 

FA53 officers focus on enabling mission command through management of information systems and services. Signal officers (25A) command, lead and manage Signal Soldiers and organizations conducting network operations. Cyber officers (17A) conduct defensive and offensive cyber operations to protect the DoDIN.

• Must have Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) Aptitude
      • Undergraduate or Graduate STEM Degree
      • GRE Quantitative Score greater than 550 (153 in new scoring system)
Must be 1LT (P), CPT, CPT (P), or MAJ with less than 14 years AFCS

• Must be Army Competitive Category Officer
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (TS) Security Clearance
• Year group eligibility based on in/out call matrix in applicable MILPER message


Application information can be found on the HRC Officers Voluntary Transfer Incentive Program (VTIP) website. (CAC Required)

Candidates must complete and submit the applications packet consisting of:  
    • DA Form 4187  
    • Memorandum for Record stating reason for request   
    • Transcripts    
    • Copy of IT certifications (if any)

Ideal candidates are highly motivated, proven leaders with excellent performance records and a strong Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics background.


Contact Us:
FA 24 Assignments Officer
Commercial(502) 613-6671
FA24 HRC Website (CAC Required)