Posted on Jan 25, 2019
WO1 Network Management Technician
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I was hoping I could share some background information about myself and ask current 255Ns whether they think I’ll have a shot at being selected in May.

Prior to enlisting in the Army Reserve I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems.

My GT is 133. I have been in the Army Reserve as a 25B for 2 years. At 25B AIT I earned A+, Network+, Security+, CCT, and CCENT.

I am currently a Corporal positioned as a squad leader and have completed WLC. I have been recommended by a promotion board for E5 but as a 25U because there are no 25B E5 slots anywhere near where I live. Since I am not MOSQ as a 25U yet, I have not been promoted. I have no NCOERs.

I have four years combined civilian experience as an Intern, Help Desk Analyst, Technical Support Analyst, Network Engineer, and currently as a Systems Analyst.

I am working on my 255N packet now with a high speed accessions NCO and just completed the resume portion of the packet.

If not selected, in a year I will have: an additional year of civilian experience, completed 25U reclass and promote to E5, 1 NCOER, CCNA, CASP, and will finish my Master’s in Cyber Security and Information Assurance which will include CEH and CHFI in addition to the degree.

I am a highly motivated individual and really want to be selected this year so that I can complete CCNA, CASP, and CISSP while at Fort Gordon for WOBC but I am willing to study and pay for the certs myself over the next year if I’m not selected this time to make myself more competetive next year.

Any advice or mentorship you can offer is greatly appreciated.
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CW2 Nick Chadwick
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I went to WOBC with some folks less qualified than you. I’d say they are good, the USAR are short 255N CWOs, but need some strong candidates. Just give it a shot. I’m probably the exception going in at E-7, wish I would have gone sooner, would be going to board to CW4 instead of CW3...
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CW5 Jack Cardwell
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If I remember correctly the Guard and Reserve would waiver so E4s could apply.
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Yes waivers are possible in the reserves with e4 and no NCOERs but I’ve heard they are very tough to get.
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WO1 (Join to see) they are hard to get, alot depends on there being a shortage in that MOS.
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Should be a good chance with qualifications you have.
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Thank you Chief I’m very happy to hear that. I was stressing it because I couldn’t find any E4s listed in selection results for the past several years but I wasn’t sure if those lists included reserve component. From what I’ve heard the reserves are hurting for warrants in general and especially 255N.
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