MOS 25B Information Technology Specialist

MOS Description

The Information Technology Specialist installs, operates and maintains computer systems and information technology (IT) networks. Performs system administration (SA) and maintains computers and servers within the computing environment (CE) and the network environment (NE). Performs network administration (NA); installs, configures and maintains network equipment within the network. Installs, operates, and maintains commercial off the shelf (COTS) equipment (i.e. routers, switches, desktop and laptop computers). Provides SA to Tactical Battle Command Servers (TBC Server) in the tactical operations center (TOC). Provides SA and direct support for Content Management. Performs Information Assurance (IA), provides the security services and attributes of availability, authentication, confidentiality, integrity and non-repudiation; Network Operations (NETOPS) Service Desk Management, which includes incident and problem processing, change request processing, availability management and user interaction. Assists in the planning, configuration, management, and monitoring of the wide area network (WAN). Performs Communications Security (COMSEC) Account Management (CAM) IAW AR 380-4. For more information on MOS 25B, see this Army website.

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Star

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Gap Analysis

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

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The Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA): BI Reporting certification demonstrates and individual's expertise in analyzing data with both Power BI and Excel. Earning an MCSA: BI Reporting demonstrates knowledge relevant to data analysis, data visualization, modeling, dashboards, and direct connectivity to data sources in Excel and Power BI. Candidates must pass two exams to earn certification. There are no perquisites; however, Microsoft recommends that candidates have experience consuming and transforming data, modeling and visualizing data, and configuring dashboards using Excel and Power BI.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Expert on Microsoft Office 2013 credential is a mid-level certification for candidates that have advanced skills in key Office programs.  Key technologies assessed by this certification include Microsoft Office Word 2013 and Microsoft Office Excel 2013. There are no prerequisites to sit for the two required qualifying exams for each program (Part One and Part Two).
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Expert on Microsoft Office 2016 credential is a mid-level certification for candidates that have advanced skills in key Office programs.  Key technologies assessed by this certification include Microsoft Office Word 2016 and Microsoft Office Excel 2016. There are no prerequisites to sit for one or both of the qualifying exams.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Master on Microsoft Office 2013 credential is an advanced-level certification for candidates to demonstrate the deepest level of skills needed to proficiently use Office programs. Candidates must choose from one of three tracks: Word 2013, Excel 2013, or Traditional Office 2013 and pass the required exams for that track plus one elective exam. There are no education or experience requirements to sit for the exams.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Master on Microsoft Office 2016 credential is an advanced-level certification for candidates who demonstrate the deepest level of skills needed to proficiently use Office programs. Candidates must pass three core exams focusing on Word 2016, Excel 2016, and PowerPoint 2016 as well as one elective exam focusing on Access 2016 or Outlook 2016. There are no education or experience requirements to sit for the exams.
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Renewal Period: varies

The Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) is an intermediate-level certification that validates an individual has the global educator technology literacy competencies needed to provide a rich, custom learning experience for students. Educators will demonstrate that they are able to incorporate the 21st Century Learning Design (21st CLD) skills identified in the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project into learning activities using Microsoft tools for education. Candidates must pass one exam to earn certification. There are no prerequisites to sit for the exam; however, Microsoft offers a comprehensive e-learning curriculum, 21CLD, to help educators prepare for this rigorous exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Detection Analyst (GCDA) is an intermediate-level cyber security certification. Candidates for the GCDA collect, analyze, and tactically use network and endpoint data sources to detect malicious or unauthorized activity. Candidates for the GCDA use tools including Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and use tools to turn attacker strengths into attacker weaknesses. No specific training is required for any GIAC certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA PenTest+ certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope an assessment, understand legal and compliance requirements, perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, analyze data, and effectively report and communicate results. Candidates are recommended to have Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge and a minimum of 3-4 years of hands-on information security or related experience. While there is no required prerequisite, PenTest+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus.
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The Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Experience Manager Forms Developer Certification is for individuals who can competently perform the role of an AEM Developer and can implement forms-based solutions. Typical candidates have the following work experience: minimum one year total CMS experience; minimum one year experience with CQ 5.x/Adobe Experience Manager 6.x; minimum two years experience as a Java developer; an understanding of HTML, JSP, JSTL/tag library, JavaScript/jQuery, and client libraries; an understanding of HTTP and REST, XML, and JSON; and an understanding of JCR, sling and OSGi. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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The Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Experience Manager Sites Lead Developer Certification is intended for software developers who have a minimum of 3 – 4 years’ experience with AEM 6.x, conduct code reviews and guarantee the quality of code that is written. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

The Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Advertising Cloud Search Business Practitioner certification is for candidates who are currently performing or have previous work experience with the job responsibilities of an Adobe Advertising Cloud Search Business Practitioner. Candidates are recommended to have a minimum of 1-2 years of experience in the Digital Marketing space (SEM emphasis). Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Certified Expert: Adobe Campaign Classic Architect certification is for candidates who have held a senior level position with at least two years of experience as Campaign Technical Developer prior to being a Campaign Architect and a good understanding of marketing principles. This certification is targeted towards technical architects, multi-solution architects, and solution architects. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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The Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe Campaign Classic Business Practitioner is an entry level certification. The Adobe Campaign Classic Business Practitioner validates a candidate's technical skills and expertise. Candidates must meet experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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The VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Network Virtualization Deployment 2020 (VCAP-NV Deploy 2020) is a professional-level credential that validates a candidate’s knowledge in how to deploy and optimize VMware NSX environments. Candidates must have earned the VCP-NV 2020 certification and pass a lab-based exam. It is recommended that candidates have a minimum of two years of experience deploying VMware network virtualization solutions.
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The VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Network Virtualization Design 2020 (VCAP-NV Design 2020) is a professional-level credential that validates a candidate’s ability to gather customer information, including requirements, risks, constraints, and assumptions, and use that information to make design recommendations for NSX-T Data Center 2.4 solutions. Candidates must have earned the VCP-NV 2020 certification and pass a written exam. It is recommended that candidates have 1 year of experience designing NSX-T Data Center solutions and 2 or more years designing physical and virtual data centers/networks.
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The VMware Certified Design Expert - Network Virtualization 2020 (VCDX-NV 2020) is the highest level of VMware certification. This credential validates a candidate’s world-class vSphere and NSX 6.x skills and prove he or she can deliver true business value through designing a VMware NSX®-platform-based data center networking infrastructure that meets customer objectives and constraints. Candidates must hold the VCP-NV 2020 certification and the VCIX-NV 2020 badge. Candidates must select and build a design based on the blueprint, pass the application and design review, and successfully defend the design against three panelists.
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The VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Cloud Management and Automation Design 2020 (VCAP-CMA Design 2020) is a professional-level credential that validates a candidate’s ability to design and integrate vRealize Automation 7.2 solutions within large enterprise environments. Candidates must have earned the VCP-CMA 2020 certification and pass a written exam. It is recommended that candidates have 5+ years of general IT experience and at least two years’ experience designing an enterprise cloud by using a distributed architecture deployment of VMware vRealize Automation in accordance with VMware recommended practices.
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The VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Cloud Management and Automation Deploy 2020 (VCAP-CMA Deploy 2020) is a professional-level credential that validates a candidate's knowledge in how to deploy and optimize data center environments using the tools provided by vRealize Automation. Candidates must have earned the VCP-CMA 2020 certification and pass a lab-based exam. It is recommended that candidates have 5+ years of general IT experience with a minimum of 12-24 months experience with vRealize Suite in a production environment.
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The VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Desktop and Mobility Design 2020 (VCAP-DTM Design 2020) is a professional-level credential that validates a candidate’s ability to design and integrate large scale VMware Horizon 7.2 environments. Candidates must have earned the VCP-DTM 2020 certification and pass a written exam. It is recommended that candidates have minimum of 5+ years of general IT experience with at least 12 months of experience recommending and designing end-user computing solutions that meet customer goals and requirements in a production environment.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Excel 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Excel 2016 Expert credential is targeted towards individuals who wish to demonstrate advanced skills in key Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Excel 2016 Expert certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience or pre-requisite requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of the program functionality in order to demonstrate proficiency with the advanced features of Excel 2016.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Access 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Access 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Outlook 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Outlook 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Word 2016 credential is an entry-level certification for individuals who wish to demonstrate expertise in using Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Word 2016 certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of program functionality in order to successfully complete the tasks in each of the projects in the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Word 2016 Expert credential is targeted towards individuals who wish to demonstrate advanced skills in key Microsoft Office programs. To earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Word 2016 Expert certification, candidates must pass one, performance-based exam. While there are no experience or pre-requisite requirements for this certification, candidates should understand the purpose and common usage of the program functionality in order to demonstrate proficiency with the advanced features of Word 2016 for document and content management and for advanced formatting.

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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