Are you an IT professional with years of experience as an IT director, IT supervisor, technical project manager, or similar IT career field? Are you able to manage large IT organizations and projects? Do you enjoy solving complex problems and tackling difficult technological challenges? Do you also want to serve your country? If you answered yes to these questions, you may have what it takes to become an elite member of the Army’s Signal Corps.
If selected, you could help build and establish the future of the Army’s Signal Warfare capabilities and technologies as an officer in the rank of second lieutenant through colonel, depending on a thorough review and calculation of relevant education, training, and work experience.
WHAT IS THE SIGNAL DIRECT COMMISSIONING PROGRAM?
Historically, direct commissioning has been available to qualified professionals in the medical, legal, and religious fields, but under this program, it’s now available to select signal professionals. This program allows civilians with specific, highly specialized, signal-related skills and education to be directly appointed as a commissioned officer in the Army’s Signal Corps. As such, you’ll be a commissioned Signal officer in the U.S. Army, performing critical roles within your area of expertise to support our nation’s military operations.
WHAT WILL I DO AS A DIRECT COMMISSION SIGNAL OFFICER?
You’ll bring your extensive skills and education to bear in establishing and securing our network in and through cyberspace. In doing this, you’ll support the operational force with the implementation of tools, capabilities, applications, processes, and technologies necessary to enable Signal organizations to perform critical, real-time, real-world operations.
Upon selection and appointment, you will attend two schools to prepare you to serve as an Army officer: the 6-week Direct Commissioning Course (Ft. Benning, GA) and a follow on Signal leadership course (Ft. Gordon, GA). You may also receive additional training, as necessary, to prepare you for specific positions within Army Signal units.
After the completion of your initial training, you’ll be assigned to perform duties related to your skillset in Active or Reserve Component Signal units during the length of your Army commitment. The majority of opportunities under this program are in the Army’s Active Component; however, there are limited opportunities within the Army Reserve or National Guard.
- Must be a United States citizen; applicants in a dual citizenship status are ineligible.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance.
- Must have at least a 4-year-degree, preferably in a relevant field.
- Must possess +4 years of relevant work experience in a designated career field.
- Must complete an Army commissioning physical, meeting basic fitness standards for service as an Army officer.
- Must be between the ages of 25-50
- Prior Service candidates must have an honorable discharge to apply
- Must complete the application packet and submit it to the Office of Chief of Signal
You will compete against other qualified applicants, and you must be selected from among your peers to fill a specific, operational requirement or critical need. The process may take a few months to complete, but a representative will inform you of the status of your application at key points during the screening and selection process.
WHAT RELEVANT SIGNAL WORK EXPERIENCE SHOULD I POSSESS?
For the Active Army, current requirements exist for experienced personnel to fill the following work roles:
- IT Program/Project Director
- IT Supervisor
- Network Operations Manager
- Chief Information Officer
Must have at least 4 years of experience, or 2 years of experience with advanced degrees in a related field, in the following areas:
- IT Management
- Project Management
- Agile development
- IT Equipment Procurement
- IT Helpdesk Management
The following are preferred qualifications, but not required:
- ITIL certifications
Education: Must have a four-year degree, preferably in an IT-related field.