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USAF Helps Students Pursue Cybersecurity Careers

The U.S. Air Force has launched a program that aims to help students attain a certification required for cybersecurity careers in the service branch. The new pathfinder program would allow reclassed student airmen to retake the Security+ exam within their initial six months of military duty, USAF said Tuesday.

The effort provides a second chance to students who have failed the complex exam at first take. USAF administers Security+ to determine whether someone holds the expertise necessary for information security work.

“I was shocked when I heard I was able to take the test again," said Airman 1st Class Johnathan Garcia, a 75th Communications Squadron client systems technician who failed the exam on his first take. He is also the program's initial participant. "After passing, I felt accomplished and motivated because I was ready to pursue the career I initially wanted," he added.

USAF's 81st Training Group seeks to use the program as a medium for continued motivation across airmen.

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