One of the most recent technological job classifications in the military is the position of Information Systems Technician. The service that has embraced this position enthusiastically has been the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard works to establish voice and analog systems, and the Information Systems Technician works to maintain these systems. The IT technician in the Coast Guard deals with communications, control, tactical support, sea support, and information technology. The Coast Guard serves around the 48 continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as other locations in support roles around the world. The Coast Guard Information Technology specialist serves throughout the Coast Guard, in both large and small shops. They serve on board vessels of every size and configuration in the Coast Guard, as well as on shore in Marine Safety Offices and Coast Guard Air Stations.
The larger Coast Guard Shops are known as Electronic Support system Units, and their job is to maintain the larger division shops for the Coast Guard. The smaller support units of the Information Technology specialty in the Coast Guard are referred to as detachments in the Electric Support service. Coast Guard Information technicians are in Coast Guard shore stations, Coast Guard Cutters, Air Stations and Search and Rescue stations. Working as a technician in the Information System field requires an extensive electrical and computer systems knowledge
The training for an Information Technology specialist in the Coast Guard begins with 9 weeks of boot camp at Cape May, New Jersey. After basic training you will proceed to Class A school in Petaluma California. You will attend training in basic electrical theory, and computer and routing technology. The school is located about 60 miles to the north of San Francisco. It is a school that is 25 weeks in length. This is one of the longest training programs for Information technology in the military. It is well regarded in the Armed forces as one of the most comprehensive schools available. Working in Information Technology is a career that will allow you to transition to a number of different civilian career fields. Information technology is a state of the art job specialty, and it is one of the fastest growing areas in the military service.