MIL I am officially an FA24

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  1. kazimer

    kazimer New Member

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    Today was graduation day and it couldnt come a moment too soon :o
    Apparently I am providing the electronic blanket of freedom

    basically I am a WAN engineer for the Army..it encompasses much more but yeah my future assignment will be WAN engineering and research on improvements
     
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    SIGNAL FUCK YEAH
     
  3. kazimer

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    lol I shudder at the thought of being lumped into signal :o

    I am corps of engineers as a basic branch :hsugh:
     
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    Anyhow - you still going to be around in January?
     
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    yep will be here until june:bigthumb:
    ill check out your thread in a second
     
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    MrRyan Gary Johnson 2016 OT Supporter

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    You me and Jeff will have to have dinner, once twice or more.
     
  7. Deviance

    Deviance Can't you smell that smell? OT Supporter

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    I do this job in the real world. Backbone architect. Big money. :bigthumb:
     
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    so will you maintain FA24 throughout your career or is it something that can change? I did some reading about occifers and FAs and it was a bit confusing.
     
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    Functional Areas are specialties within the regular line officer corps and they are based on qualifications you already have. For the telecom systems engineer (FA24) functional area, I had to have a degree with a hard science background (engineering, math, comp sci, etc etc or a masters degree in a quasi technical area) and meet year group/rank requirements. From there I had to submit my records to the board and the board members make their decision based off of my credentials and previous officer evaluation reports. I had all of my senior rater and raters put in my files that I would be a perfect fit for FA24. Only 12 people Army wide were picked up when I applied so it is very selective and my tactic of making it known worked for me.

    yep i will stay an FA24 for my entire career. By going into a functional area I give up the opportunity to command and I will never make general officer (unless they shift focus in the army command structure)..also slots for O-6 colonel are very limited as well. I gain a much more transferable career and I can stay technical for as long as I like kind of like a warrant officer with different rank. If I play my cards right I will have a fully funded PhD before I am 35. I am 27 right now.

    Hope that explains it a bit more


    :cool:
    hopefully i enjoy doing the work on a daily basis :o
    where do you work? how long have you been doing it?

    :bigthumb: sounds like a plan
     
  11. Deviance

    Deviance Can't you smell that smell? OT Supporter

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    I've been doing it on a daily basis since 93. NOTHING I would rather do.

    I've built networks for phone companies, cable companies, ISP's, satellite companies, and cell companies. I consult on municipal network projects on the side. It's a good gig.
     
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    got it. what are you now, cpt?
     
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    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Which company?
     
  14. kazimer

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    sounds like it :cool:
    do you keep up on certs or did you go the formal education rout?
     
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    yep a CPT
     
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    Deviance Can't you smell that smell? OT Supporter

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    Well, it's more important to keep up on the latest tech than it is to get the latest degree. The degrees tend to lag behind current tech by about 5 years.

    Get some business management courses in to your degree. A business management degree is needed to go above director level at the large companies. They are more worried about you managing your 100million+ a year budget than if you can configure a router. Of course, you need to understand the network too.

    If you want to get in a specialized area, like dwdm optics, a PhD is good. If you want to create a new way to stream video to 20 million people at once, a degree isn't going to help. 5 years after you create it, it will be available in a class.
     
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    Congrats!

    sounds complicated.
     
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    very cool, congrats!
     

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