Posted on Dec 15, 2015
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I am an Operations Specialist and I am going to Cryptologic Technician Maintenance "A" school in January, I was wondering if anyone had recently done this type of conversion and had any recommendations on what I should expect. Also if anyone happens to be their currently and could give some pointers on the whole check in process this would be much appreciated.
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PO2 Michael Henry
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My sister just left as CTM1 after 10 years. Expect plenty of electronics and at least a TS clearance, probably TS-SCI, (5 year renewal). Also expect near god-like status as a fleet returnee, probably won't stand duty or will be a duty section leader. With your clearance and electronics training, provided you make it through because nothing is given to you, you will have job opportunities lining up for you. You will also have to get the IW pin and her chief made her get Comptia N+ certified, she also had to test for Security+. Don't expect Comptia tests as they are civilian IT cert exams. I think it was related to her shore duty job only. She won't tell me though I had a Secret clearance as a FC and I work IT now. If you need help with help with electronics training, go here: http://www.tpub.com/electronics.htm

Buy the NEETS modules on a disk. http://oneondemand.com/Navy-Electrical-Engineering-Training-Series-Manuals
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NEETS Modules are the best thing for her and it's all unclass so she's able to take that home and study......can't stress the study part enough.
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PO3 Frank Opalecky
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Welcome to the family! The amount of "Hands on" you will be doing will be directly dependant on which C School you get. Some systems are component level troubleshooting and some are pack level return the bad board / pack to the vendor for replacement.
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I'm not an "M" brancher but just some advice. Please learn and understand everything regarding the maintenance on systems. It's not like fixing a breaker in TFCC (if you were on a carrier). Stay after class for study; from my understanding the school is till around 1530-ish. Take the necessary hour or 2 hours to study and ask for help from the instructors; they are willing to help you far more than you imagine.

The check in process, is a bit different. Some CT peeps go over to NAS Pensacola for some additional school but do end up at Corry Station (I believe your school is there too). You'll have to check in with the quarterdeck, which should be the 3714 building, next to the church.

****Some of this information may have changed because I haven't been there since 2013****

You'll need to go to Student Affairs, which will set you up with your schedule or if you are needed to be in NMT until there's enough students or an available class. When I was there, I had to wait for a class and was put in NMT where you'll be cleaning (I suggest the MWR). If not, you'll muster on the grinder in the morning (like around 0600-0615)...make sure you eat breakfast early because the mess decks doesn't open till 0600 so you'll be scarfing your food to make sure you are on time. Once on the grinder, you'll march to class; do your thing that ya'll "M"s do, then you're out of school around 1530-1630; depending on what you are doing.
I don't know if the curfew aspect will affect you since you are a seasoned sailor; probably not. After school you are free to do whatever you want; just make sure you are back in time in the morning. You may be assigned to a duty section, I think that will be explained to you. Duty days are split between 5 different sections (??); you'll do either Messenger or Rover (I would assume Messenger or POOD).

It's not all bad. Get out there when you are free and explore. I suggest Palafox Dr, McGuires, Navarre Beach, Naval Air Museum on NASP just to name a few places.

Good luck to you, and welcome to the family!!! lol.
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