Terry Howell

Terry Howell is a retired Coast Guard veteran, where he served for 20 years. He is currently the Executive Director for Veterans' Legacies, a non-profit that works to preserve veterans personal stories to help educate our youth. Terry is also the author of The Military Advantage, an annually updated guide to military and veteran benefits.

Law Enforcement Careers Can Start as a Correctional Officer

Many Veterans seek jobs in Law Enforcement after the military, but few consider looking into careers as correctional officers (prison guard). However, it may actually make good sense for you to consider working as a correctional officer to prepare you for a career in police work. In fact, working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons… Read more »

Corona's Impact on GI Bill

Congress to Stop Coronavirus’ Impact on GI Bill Rates

Update 03/21/2020: The legislation to protect veterans from the impact of campus closures has been signed by President Trump, thus safeguarding GI Bill benefits (Housing Stipend) from being reduced for veterans who were forced to take classes online due to the coronavirus. House and Senate lawmakers have introduced bills that could stop the impact of… Read more »

Guide to Veterans’ Preference Points

Considering going to work for the Federal Government after you leave the military?  Then knowing how Veterans’ preference points work is a must. The following guide will help you take advantage of this hiring preference program for veterans. Veterans’ Preference Points Fast FAQs: Fast FAQ #1: What do Veterans’ preference points do? Veterans’ preference points… Read more »

Cyber Investigations

Cybersecurity Job Category: Cyber Investigations Cyber Warriors that work in “Cyber Investigations” investigate cybersecurity events or crimes related to information technology (IT) systems, networks, and digital evidence. The two cybersecurity “Investigations” sub-specialties are: Cyber Investigator – Applies tactics, techniques, and procedures for a full range of investigative tools and processes to include, but not limited… Read more »

Cyber Defense Analyst

Cybersecurity Job Description: Cyber Defense Analyst A Cyber Defense Analyst’s job is to use defensive measures and information collected from a variety of sources to identify, analyze, and report events that occur or might occur within the network to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats. Below is a sampling of the tasks and… Read more »

Cybersecurity Incident Response Specialist

Cybersecurity Job Description: Incident Response Specialist An Incident Response Specialist responds to crises or urgent situations within the pertinent domain to mitigate immediate and potential threats. Uses mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery approaches, as needed, to maximize survival of life, preservation of property, and information security. Investigates and analyzes all relevant response activities. Below… Read more »

Cyber Vulnerability Assessment and Management Specialist

Cybersecurity Job Description: Vulnerability Assessment/Management Specialist A Vulnerability Assessment and Management specialist conducts assessments of threats and vulnerabilities; determines deviations from acceptable configurations, enterprise or local policy; assesses the level of risk; and develops and/or recommends appropriate mitigation countermeasures in operational and nonoperational situations. Below is a sampling of the abilities, tasks and responsibilities for… Read more »

Cyber Oversight and Governance

Cybersecurity Job Category: Cyber Oversight and Governance Cyber Warriors that work in “Cyber Oversight and Governance” provide leadership, management, direction, or development and advocacy so the organization may effectively conduct cybersecurity work. The “Cyber Oversight” sub-specialties include: Cybersecurity Manager – The Cybersecurity Manager oversees the cybersecurity program of an information system or network, including managing… Read more »

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Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support

Cyber Job Description: Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support A Cyber Defense Infrastructure support tech’s job is to test, implement, deploy, maintain, review, and administer the infrastructure hardware and software that are required to effectively manage the computer network defense service provider network and resources. A CDI monitors the network to actively remediate unauthorized activities. Below is… Read more »

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Cyber Administration

Cybersecurity Job Category: Cyber Administration Cyber Warriors that work as “Cyber Administrators” provide the customer support, system administration, and maintenance necessary to ensure effective and efficient information technology (IT) system performance and security. Cyber Administrations is one of the largest cybersecurity job categories. The Cyber Administration category sub-specialties include the following: Customer Service and Technical… Read more »

Cyber Operations

Cybersecurity Job Category: Cyber Operations Cyber Warriors that work in “Cyber Operations” provide specialized denial and deception operations and collection of cybersecurity information that may be used to develop intelligence. The Operations sub-specialties include: All-Source Collection Manager – Collection Managers identify  collection authorities and environment; incorporate priority information requirements into collection management and develop concepts… Read more »

Cyber Analysis

Cybersecurity Job Category: Cyber Analysis Cyber Warriors that work in “Cyber Analysis” perform highly specialized reviews and evaluations of incoming cybersecurity information to determine its usefulness for intelligence. The cybersecurity “Analysis” sub-specialties include: All-Source Analyst – Analyzes threat information from multiple sources, disciplines, and agencies across the Intelligence Community. Synthesizes and places intelligence information in… Read more »

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Cybersecurity Career Guide – How to Become a Cyber Warrior

How to Become a Cyber Warrior – Cybersecurity Career Guide Every day we hear that another company, organization, or government agency has had a data breach. Big names like Facebook, Nike, LinkedIn, and even the Department of Homeland Security have become data breach victims. According to the University of San Diego, “the annual cost of… Read more »

Account Executive: Could Be Your Dream Job

Wait, before you click away, hear me out. I realize that the thought of being a an Account Executive (a.k.a sales representative) may not align with what you thought of as your post-military “dream” career. But keep in mind that what you may think about sales, really comes down to how you think about sales. Let… Read more »

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CHECKLIST – Find the College that Fits your Career Goals

Finding the school that fits your goals, scheduling, and is covered by your benefits is not as cut and dry as it may seem, but it is much easier if you have already done your homework. If you have followed the first two checklist items you should be fairly clear on your career path and… Read more »

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Know Your Education Benefits: A Checklist

Far too many veterans make the mistake of diving into school without fully understanding their education benefits. The fact is that each of your military and veteran education programs have specific policies, regulations, and limitations. Not knowing how they work can led to delays, out-of-pocket expenses, embarrassment, or worse – lost benefits. Simply put, there… Read more »

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Determine Your Career Path and Education Goals

It isn’t enough to just want to go to school; the time money and effort required demands that you make some hard choices upfront. Unlike a teenager whose parents are footing the bill, you can’t afford to make your education decisions on the fly. Decision Point #1: Want Do I Want to be When You… Read more »

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Enroll and Launch Your Education Adventure

Now it’s time to enroll and launch your education adventure.  It is important to note that the enrollment process, procedures, and requirements differ from school to school. You may find that some schools require minimum scores on the SAT or ACT assessment exams.  While others may waive these requirements for adult learners like veterans. In… Read more »

Five Tips to Ensure a Solid Start to Your College Experience

Service members tend to transfer several times throughout their military careers. The military has processes to ensure that your transfer goes as smoothly as possible. No matter where you go in the military you will find people you have much in common with a familiar military culture and structure. Colleges and universities also have processes… Read more »

Your College Degree “Pre-Launch” Checklist

Earning your degree and launching your next career requires focus, effort, and planning. The key to success comes down to five tasks that you need to check off before start.  The following five item checklist will ensure you don’t waste money, time, or effort in the pursuit of your college degree. Determine Your Career Path… Read more »

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Verify GI Bill Eligibility: A Checklist

Not all programs are created equal.  You’ll want to make sure that your degree program is GI Bill eligible.  Schools aren’t “GI Bill approved”, but degree programs must be.  Make sure to verify that your degree program is GI Bill eligible. Verify GI Bill Eligibility of Your Degree Program There are a couple of key points… Read more »

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You Already Have What A College Student Needs

A college degree is arguably the best way to reach your career goals, create new opportunities, find your dream job, and increase income. Unfortunately, the cost, time, and effort it takes to earn a degree can be overwhelming. But, thanks to your military experience you have a leg up in all three of those areas…. Read more »

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Get A SMART Start On Your Education

Are you thinking about what’s next after the military? Planning your transition and reintegration can be daunting, but there are some steps you can take to make the process less stressful and increase your chances for a successful civilian life. Planning For Change Practically speaking, planning a career change is not unlike a planning military… Read more »

GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility

The GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility

The process for getting your GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is relatively easy. There’s one thing you definitely need to remember. Submit your “Application for VA Education Benefits” well before you fully enroll in school. Why Do You Need To Submit GI Bill COE Early? The VA clearly states that the process takes up… Read more »

GI Bill Certification

Lessons Learned: Certify Your GI Bill Eligibility

In this series of articles I have covered many of the lessons I learned the hard way – through personal experience. The tips and tricks I have learned will help you navigate the process and “red tape” of military and veteran education benefits. For this article I am going dive a bit deeper into an… Read more »