The Cisco Learning Network’s got a “Military” web page set up especially for transitioning or ex-military personnel, with some interesting info, and pointers to some “Special Military Programs.” These are worth investigating, not just because of the specific Cisco-oriented information they provide, but also because they make mention of specific military operation and service codes that map readily into civilian IT jobs.
Though not all vets and transitioning military may want or need to pursue Cisco certs per se, these Cisco resource provide useful info and pointers.
Under a heading of “Special Military Programs” readers can learn more about the Joining Forces Initiative and the Michigan Shift Careers: Networking Certifications Program for Military Servicemembers. The former is particularly interesting because it maps the career designation “Network and Computer Systems Administrator” to the following table of Military Operation and Service Codes:
Each of the major branches of the military has codes that map into network/systems admin training — and jobs.
Even for those who may not be interested in pursuing Cisco credentials (perhaps they’re more inclined to chase down Juniper or Fortinet stuff instead, or perhaps they’d rather dig into Red Hat or other Linux sysadmin credentials), these mappings are still useful to help them figure out how their military MOS codes might lead them into network and systems administration jobs in IT.