Functional Area 53 Information Systems Management
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Demanding, Dynamic Career Field
• Challenging assignments at the tactical, operational and strategic levels
• The Army’s premier experts to manage enterprise information systems and services, and implement cybersecurity measures to protect information on the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN) in support of mission command.
• All FA53 positions are Key Development (KD)
• Assignment Diversity
• Broadening Opportunities (TWI/ACS)
• Highly marketable skills and certifications
• Leadership and technical skill development
• Up to 15 credits towards master's degree at universities such as Syracuse University.
All FA 53 positions are key developmental (KD) with opportunities at all levels:
• Regional Cyber Centers
• Joint, Multi-national
• Research and Development
• Professor (USMA, AFIT)
The Information Systems Manager Course (ISMC) is 30 weeks long at Fort Gordon, GA. The course provides training to equip the students with the skills necessary for the tasks they are expected to perform at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels.
ISMC teaches students how to install, operate, maintain, secure and defend computer systems and local area networks at all organization levels to include multinational, joint and service agencies. Completion of the ISMC provides 15 graduate credits accepted by Syracuse University, and Webster University towards Master’s Degrees in Information Systems Management.
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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. FA53s comprise approximately 12% 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.
• Officer must have an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) or request a STEM waiver
• If officers do not possess one of the required STEM degrees, they can request a waiver. Waiver reqeusts must be supported by GRE results within the past 5 years with quantitative score greater than 153. Officers unable to obtain a GRE may request an exception based upon demonstrated previous experience and Information Technology certifications such as Network+, CompTIA Server+, Security+, Cisco CCNA, CISCO CCNP, Microsoft or ITIL
• 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.
FA53 Career Program Manager (OCOS)
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