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By Clare O’Gara
Wed | Feb 26, 2020 | 6:30 AM PST

Imagine if the only thing separating you from your dream career was a test.

The only catch? The test is extremely difficult.

And if you fail it once, your dream goes down the drain.

That used to be the reality for people in the U.S. Air Force taking the Security+ exam. But a new decision could impact the cybersecurity talent gap for good.

Air Force implements a cybersecurity pathfinder program

A new Air Force program gives students a second chance at obtaining their cybersecurity certification.

In the past, when members of the Air Force failed the Security+ exam, they had to choose a new area of focus. 

And, for the record, the test is known to be complex and challenging, so it's not unusual for Air Force "students" to have to choose a different track.

But things are changing:

"The new program allows selected re-classed students to retake the exam during the first six months at their duty station.

The 81st Training Group hopes to continue to motivate Airmen and send them down the right path with this program."

One of the first airmen to retake the exam was Johnathan Garcia, who said:

"The Security+ test is very difficult, and I fell short of a passing score. I was shocked when I heard I was able to take the test again. After passing, I felt accomplished and motivated because I was ready to pursue the career I initially wanted."

Making cybersecurity careers more accessible, even in the Air Force, is one of the important steps to closing the talent gap for these security roles.

For more information, check out the news from the U.S. Air Force.