NEWPORT NEWS, Va (NNS) -- A USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailor recently accomplished a historical milestone this January as she cross-rated into the Navy's newest career field.
Cryptologic Technician (Networks) 3rd Class (AW/SW) Charlotte Moss, of the aircraft carrier's engineering department, was once a hull technician (HT), but now looks forward to the challenge of being a part of what she calls a "new and exciting career opportunity."
"I came into the Navy with years of analyst software and hardware experience, and I currently have many information systems certifications," said Moss.
"Because of this, I have some experience in my corner that should really benefit me in my new rate."
The cryptologist technician (networks) (CTN) rate was designed to face the new threat of cyberspace and war fighting through information operations. CTNs will focus not only on protecting Navy computer networks from attacks, but will also help develop networks and systems that improve overall mission accomplishment.
The new rating is a combination of three former cryptologic ratings. These ratings include: Cryptologic technician communications, cryptologic technician maintenance and cryptologic technician administration.
"I was accepted and directly converted a few weeks ago," said Moss. "The merger requires Sailors to go through CTN 'A' and 'C' schools, but because of my past experience and education, I will be going directly to 'C' school and assuming the duties and responsibilities of a CTN afterward."
Despite past experience with computer systems, the conversion to the new career field was not easy. But with the assistance of the command career counselors on board and her chain of command, Moss persevered through numerous steps toward the conversion, such as taking more than 40 Navy Knowledge Online courses and obtaining her enlisted warfare qualifications.
As her tour aboard Carl Vinson comes to a close, Moss continues to maintain a positive attitude and is very enthusiastic about the new venture in her Navy career.
"I always look to my future and search for better opportunities," said Moss. "It enables me to set my own course in life. I'm excited about joining this new rating."
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