Army Information Technology Specialist - MOS 25B
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Army Information Technology Specialist (MOS 25B)

Army Information Technology Specialists (MOS 25B) are responsible for maintaining, processing, and troubleshooting military computer systems.

You are essentially an IT expert for the U.S. Army.

Learn more about what it takes to become an Army Information Technology Specialist (MOS 25) including required education, training, job duties, and civilian job outlook.

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Education, Qualifications, and Training

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Army Information Technology Specialists (MOS 25B) have a huge responsibility to protect highly sensitive military information. Image: Army University Press

Army Information Technology Specialists handle Information Technology (IT).

IT is related to anything to do with computing technology including networking, hardware, software, and the Internet.

Therefore, already having a passion for computer systems will go a long way in your preparation for becoming MOS 25B.

Education

The Army requires you to have a high school diploma or GED to enlist in the Army.

In order to qualify for MOS 25B you will need to have passed high school algebra.

Additionally, you must complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

If you are interested in becoming an Information Technology Specialist (25B MOS) you must score Skilled Technical: 95 on the ASVAB.

Qualifications

After scoring higher than Skilled Technical: 95 on the ASVAB you will need to receive military security clearance.

Since the information you will have access to as MOS 25B is highly sensitive and could affect national security, the background check for an aspiring Army Information Technology Specialist is intense.

The background check will not only look into a criminal record, but also examine your public and financial records.

Additionally, you may have to conduct personal interviews with Department of Defense personnel.

You also must have normal color vision with no color blindness.

Training

Training to join the U.S. Army includes boot camp for all new enlistees.

Basic Combat Training (BCT) lasts 10 weeks.

Then, you will progress to Advanced Individual Training.

AIT for an Army IT Specialist is 20 weeks long and combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training.

You will learn computer systems concepts on several different consoles and peripheral equipment.

Aspiring 25B MOS will also learn how to plan, design, and test computer systems.

What does an Army Information Technology Specialist Do?

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MOS 25B maintain, process, and troubleshoot Army computer systems and operations. Image: Army.com

Army Information Technology Specialists have a huge responsibility in maintaining and troubleshooting military computer systems and operations.

IT Specialists deal with highly sensitive information and need to keep that vital information protected.

In the era of cyber warfare the role of an Army Information Technology Specialist (MOS 25B) is becoming very important.

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IT Maintenance & Processing

IT Specialists for the Army must possess technical skills and aptitude for programming and computer languages.

You will install, operate, and perform maintenance on equipment and devices.

MOS 25B must transfer data between information processing systems to maintain the programs.

Maintenance includes everything from handling networks to software to hardware.

IT Troubleshooting

Anyone that has ever worked in technology know that even the most sophisticated computer systems and operations in the military shut down.

Consequently, 25B MOS provide customer and network administration services to handle problems.

They construct, edit, and test computer programs on a regular basis to ensure maximum security and protection.

IT Specialists MOS 25B will troubleshoot automation equipment for hardware and software malfunctions.

What does an Army Information Technology Specialist make?

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The civilian job outlook for 25B MOS is extremely high in the growing field of IT. Image: Virginia National Guard

The Army does not pay you based on your MOS.

You are paid based on Army rank and years of service:

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviationAvg. Monthly Pay
E-1PrivatePVT$1,681
E-2Private Second ClassPV2$1,884
army e 3 insignia - pfcE-3Private First ClassPFC$1,981
army e 4 insignia - specialistE-4SpecialistSPC$2,195
army e 4 insignia - corporalE-4CorporalCPL$2,195
E-5SergeantSGT$2,394
E-6Staff SergeantSSG$2,613
E-7Sergeant First ClassSFC$3,021
army e 8 insignia - master sergeantE-8Master SergeantMSG$4,345
E-8First Sergeant1SG$4,345
E-9Sergeant MajorSGM$5,308
E-9Command Sergeant MajorCSM$5,308
e 9 sergeant major of the army insigniaE-9Sergeant Major of the ArmySMA$5,308

It is important to note that you can further your education through the U.S. Army.

Qualified students can earn full tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books, and annual stipend for living expenses through the Army.

Benefits

The U.S. Army offers multiple benefits in addition to its monthly salary:

  • Vacation Time
  • Special Pay
  • Medical Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Education: Army members can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus annual stipend for living expenses.
  • Housing: Allowances for living expenses, utilities, and maintenance.
  • Food: Allowance for the on-base dining hall and access to tax-free department and grocery stores.

Job Reviews

The importance of an Army Information Technology Specialist (MOS 25B) is growing in demand with the rise of cyber attacks.

We couldn’t have put it better than this former Army Information Technology Specialist:

As another former service member put it – MOS 25B is a fantastic way to get your foot into the door of the field of Information Technology:

Though it is a non-combat MOS you will receive many of the same benefits other soldiers of the Army applaud:

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Civilian Job Opportunities

IT Specialists should have no problem finding a civilian job when they choose to leave the U.S. Army.

It is different from some Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) which have no direct civilian job equivalent.

The skills you learn will prepare you for a career as a data-processing technician, network support technician, or computer programmer.

There are several lucrative careers related to IT as more and more jobs become technologically advanced.

Summary

Information Technology Specialists (MOS 25B) are essential to the daily operations of the U.S. Army.

IT Specialists handle extremely sensitive national security information and help keep it protected.

Resources:

  1. https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/computers-and-technology/information-technology-specialist.html
  2. https://www.indeed.com/cmp/U.S.-Army/reviews?fjobtitle=Information+Technology+Specialist&fcountry=ALL
  3. https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/US-Army-25B-Information-Technology-Specialist-Reviews-EI_IE41322.0,7_KO8,45.htm
Rob V.
Rob V.
Rob V. is the founder of OperationMilitaryKids.org. While he never actually served in the US Military, he has a passion for writing about military related topics. Born and raised in Woodbridge, NJ, he graduated from the New Jersey Institute Of Technology with an MBA in eCommerce. His hobbies include beach volleyball, target shooting, and lifting. Rob is also a commercially rated pilot with over 1,500 hours of flight time.

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