I'll say this right now, if you don't have the certs today, most places will not even consider hiring you. With that said, we have hired a few people here to help us go virtual from a contractor and the DOD required them to have their certs, and one them was Security+ as a MUST!!! So if you are considering being hired by the DOD either for a short term or long term, ensure that your Security+ is valid or you will not be considered for the job. And to be hired for that specific job, i.e. going to the cloud (vsphere), it needs to also be current.