Army Job Profile: 25B Information Technology Specialist

These soldiers deal with highly sensitive information

A pair of army IT specialists fixing equipment
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Information Technology Specialists have the great responsibility of maintaining, processing, and troubleshooting military computer systems and operations. This job is military occupational specialty (MOS) 25B.

These soldiers deal with highly sensitive information and need to have technical skills and aptitude for programming and computer languages. For someone interested in a career in computer programming or engineering, this job will provide the necessary training. These soldiers are crucial to the Army and national security.

Duties of MOS 25B

There is a lengthy list of possible duties for soldiers in this job. They’ll install, operate, and perform maintenance on equipment and devices; transfer data between information processing systems; and troubleshoot automation equipment for hardware and software malfunctions.

Similar to civilian IT personnel, these soldiers perform all manner of installing and editing of computer programs and provide technical documentation and maintenance for programs. They perform system administrator duties such as compiling report data and quality control and may be called upon to help less-experienced soldiers in the installation, operation, and maintenance of information processing equipment. Additionally, debugging, analyzing, testing, and modifying software, as well as programs and manuals are also likely to be part of the MOS 25B job.

Training for MOS 25B

Job training for an information technology specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction.

Some of the skills you’ll learn include:

  • Use of computer consoles and peripheral equipment
  • Computer systems concepts
  • Planning, designing, and testing computer systems

Requirements for MOS 25B

To qualify for this job, a soldier needs a score of 95 on the Skilled Technical (ST) aptitude area of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.

Since soldiers in this position have access to sensitive information that could affect national security, a secret security clearance is required. This means you’ll be subject to a background check, which will look into any public and financial records and might include interviews with personal and professional records. 

Soldiers in this job will need normal color vision (no color blindness) and must be U.S. citizens. They'll need to qualify for the Personnel Security and Surety Program and also will need to have passed a high school algebra course. 

Civilian Positions Similar to MOS 25B

This is an Army job that trains soldiers for potentially lucrative careers after leaving the military. You'd be qualified for a variety of IT and computer-related positions, potentially in systems administration or engineering.