I am a US Army Staff Sergeant in the Signal Corps. My primary job according to the Army is satellite communications. In that realm, I worked with Ku band VSATs as an operator. I then went to a Network Operations role as the SatCom operations Non Commissioned Officer. Most of my experience was gained during 2 deployments to Afghanistan for mission critical communications. There I gained an interest in networking. So, I worked hard and passed my CCNA exam. I am working on my CCNA Security right now (Exam in 2 weeks!) And if all goes well, I will begin studying for the CCNP Router and Switch exams. That's my background :)
I plan to get out of the Army a little over a year from now (will be 6 years time in service) and hope to be hired on as a Network Engineer. My biggest concern is whether I will be a marketable prospect having no degree but some good experiences and motivation. Secondly, I hope to be employed in the Raleigh, NC area. I see that there is a large market for Network Engineers there. Could having no degree have a negative impact on my marketability in that area as I expect there are plenty of experienced candidates from nice schools with a bachelors under their belt fighting for these positions? If so, what should I do to help mitigate this?
The transition from Army to Civilian sounds a bit crazy right now since the Army is all that I know, so I am just trying to get a feel for the market and get some individual opinions on the market and such. I want to make sure I prepare myself to the fullest before I get out of the Army. Thanks for reading!