Posted on Feb 14, 2018
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Prior 255N, now 170A. If you have a laptop, then spin up some virtualization software. You can also rely on GNS3 and Cisco Packet Tracer to emulate network and host connections. Add a couple of virtual machines to communicate with GNS3 and you've got a fairly decent lab.

Also, check out the Cisco ASAv and Cloud ASR routers; they are free to download and use within a test environment. Combine those technical skills with lessons and readings from Safari Books manuals, FedVTE (just search for networking) and things on open source training sites like Cybrary and you'll have a fairly decent foundation. The JKO and ALMS training is incredibly limited, and best suited for manual labor faculties such as mandatory training.

At the end of the day, you have to apply skills and you'll get fairly good with practice. There really isn't a way to gain experience without actually working in the IT field, so if you want to do that then look up some assignments and get with your assignments branch to see about opportunities within a technical field.

Hope this helps.
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Yes it did chief thank you. One more question chief can I get an assignment like that being that I’m not even signal I’m ordnance branch?
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For that, I would contact your branch manager. Also, remember that signal and cyber personnel are within many of our formations so it's a matter of looking. If your boss doesn't have you busy day-to-day, then link up with the S6 or G6 and get some experience. If you are thinking about a branch transfer to signal, then check the prereq requirements and talk with your branch manager to get some insight only they are able to offer.
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not a warrant officer but I would find online training and perhaps a part time weekend job where you can put your foot in to that field.
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Thanks SSG but would online training count as experience?
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Im thinking that perhaps JKO might have some certification training you can get that may count or ALMS.
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I'd look at https://www.onetonline.org/ and find what it is that you want to do. Once you find that it will tell you "all the thinks" that you need to do for that position. Once you know that you can then work it into your everyday life. Your statement is very broad and you need to try and focus it down to your interests. Reading anything on how to be a good leader will always serve as beneficial. I use Audible to read any chance I have (since I'm to busy to sit and focus) like in the care, on my daily runs, etc... Great place to dive in is at small schools or open source software at home. Take if for what it's worth but that is my advice.
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