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Offline geekygirl

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Naval Communicator or ACISS?
« on: July 06, 2017, 16:18:33 »
Hi there,

I am having trouble deciding what trade would be the best for me to pursue. I have a background in project management and a few years as a computer technician; though I do prefer the more technical sides of both jobs. I'll be finishing up my Comp Sci degree within the next year, so I'm not looking for the Forces to reimburse my university education. I'm just trying to decide which one of those jobs would be a better fit for me as a Reservist. It seems like both jobs are more hands-on (which I'd prefer), based on their respective descriptions.

If you are currently in either trade, what are the parts do you really enjoy about your job? What was your background prior to this? Any issues that you've encountered, in terms of not feeling professionally fulfilled? Is there opportunity to electively pursue further studies within the trade, or is that exclusive to progression in higher ranks?

I have/I am working on attaining a few Cisco, Comptia, MCSE, and LPI certifications. I know the Naval Communicator undergoes training for A+ and Network+ (my CCNA R+S is ranked a bit better than that, industry-wise). I'm wondering if there is more training available beyond that, and if the descriptions for both positions are accurate for what is expected on the job.


Thank you!

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Re: Naval Communicator or ACISS?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2017, 21:53:53 »
The probably with ACISS is that it is split into 4 sub occupations.
Core - Talking on Radios
IT - Running our LCSS (Land Command Support System) - Essentially IT in the field
Line - Running WD and CAT 5 for CPs/Out Dets
Rad Tech - Radio Technician (Need to transfer from the reg-f to the reserves).

Likewise most signals regiments are split into two squadrons and the IT assests are usually with the bigger of the two squadrons. If your squadron doesn't have any of the LCSS kit then you can't work with IT.  However assuming your unit has the IT equipment and you have an IT background, you'll have no problem getting in the detachment.

If you are currently in either trade, what are the parts do you really enjoy about your job?
I love the variety and I love working out doors. I spend enough of my life in a cubicle and running spreadsheets out excel (which I love), but the reserves is nice break from this. I've never worked in the IT detachment and I don't have any intentions to do so in the future. I've only ever worked as Core or "Tac Rad". I've worked with pretty much every unit: Engineers, Infantry (OC Sig, Plt Sig, CPs), service battalion, Artillery, RRBs and TBG TOCs. Each time the job is more or less the same "Pass messages over the radio from A to B so that the unit are supporting can do their job." However each task has it is own unique challenges. It keeps the job interesting, because while it is always the same job, it is slightly different everytime. 


 What was your background prior to this?
Highschool and then a B-Com. I've always been interested in computers and technology so it wasn't a challenge.

Any issues that you've encountered, in terms of not feeling professionally fulfilled?
I've been a corporal now for almost 4 years, I can't get the time off work to go on my next career course. As a result of this I am starting to get bored of my job, because it is starting to get repetitive. Additionally, we have equipment shortages, leadership shortages and the troops that we recruit and train are at a lower standard than before. Given the current state of the reserves, I've given some thought to releasing in the next few years.

 Is there opportunity to electively pursue further studies within the trade, or is that exclusive to progression in higher ranks?
 You can get up to $8k via the ILP (Individual learning plan) to use towards professional development as long as it benefits the CAF. Most guys use it for University or a Masters. I'm not aware of IT related courses that are available in the reserves, but I've never worked in the IT troop. You also need to be available for the course, whenever the army wants to run it.

Bottom line it is a great part time job and you won't meet better people. If you are thinking about joining as an ACISS you need to ensure that your civilian employer will allow for 60 days for your DP 1.0.