Cybersecurity Training for the Military: Flex Learning - MedCerts

Is Short-Term Online Career Training Right for You?

When thinking about the transition to civilian life, you may be considering a boost to the resume by taking advantage of low or no-cost cybersecurity training while in the military. Flex learning models make it possible to be enlisted and learn new skills.

Cybersecurity training is one of the most sought-after programs for post-military life for great reasons. This is a rapidly growing industry, with more than 700,000 open positions in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With the number of jobs expected to grow 35% by 2031, there is a great future in this industry.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces are often eligible for training funds that pay for certification programs, typically called “credentialing assistance” or “COOL”  programs. When those courses are available online through flexible learning paths, it’s possible to prepare for a new career in cybersecurity while serving the country from anywhere in the world.

What Is Flex Learning?

Flex learning is a modern way of gaining skills and certificates for a variety of industries. Also called remote learning, flex learning allows you to attend courses during times that work for your individual schedule so long as you have access to a computer and an internet connection.

This is especially important for military personnel, who sometimes have a permanent change of station (PCS) in the middle of a course. When your course is part of a flexible learning path, a PCS is no problem.

Some flex learning institutions, like MedCerts, are approved as partners with the U.S. Department of Defense Credentialing Assistance programs for the Army, Coast Guard and Air Force. Many classes can be completely covered by up to $4,000 in credentialing assistance.

A Closer Look: Flex Learning for Cybersecurity

To get an idea of what you can learn in the field, let’s look at the MedCerts course that prepares you for the CompTIA CySA+ certification. This is a great place to start your cybersecurity training for military purposes or civilian life.

In the course, you’ll learn how to perform data analysis and identify vulnerabilities and threats to an organization, as well as understand the latest trends in the field. You’ll learn how to secure systems and combat malware to avoid the ever-growing digital threats in today’s workplaces.

The Cybersecurity Job Path

Cybersecurity-focused information technology professionals earn a starting salary of $96,778 and can likely find a great job almost anywhere in the country. IT cybersecurity specialists can work remotely as well as in offices and for a wide range of companies that offer great benefits and working environments.

There are even plenty of positions within the Office of the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor. This is the kind of rewarding and meaningful work that can propel you into a career with great pay and plenty of advancement opportunities.

Learn More With MedCerts

Cybersecurity training for military personnel is a strategic way to leverage the funding opportunities from your service. You can set yourself up for success in your future as a civilian well before you transition. To learn more, check out MedCerts today.

The Army, Department of Defense are not affiliated with MedCerts and do not endorse our services.

Portrait of Mickey Gamoral
Written by Mickey Gamoral
Military Education Consultant

Mickey is a Platoon Leader for the Nevada Army National Guard and has been serving since September 2019. He joined the Army in an act of “now or never” as he neared his 30th birthday and had always dreamed of serving. Mickey is also an ASVAB coach and uses his education background to assist other soldiers through Gamonal Tutors.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and spent two and a half years in Morocco with the United States Peace Corps. He joined MedCerts in January 2020 and uses his combined Army and education experience to help soldiers take advantage of their Army Credentialing Assistance funding to pursue career training.

Mickey lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife Sheena, who he considers his “rock”, and enjoys teaching snowboarding in his free time. He also has completed MedCerts Project Management program and hosts the ASVAB Domination podcast.

Published on July 12, 2023


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