Cruiser 2 B ! Good morning sir. There are 3 classifications of licensing. Technician, General and then Extra being the highest. If you have a background then this should be much easier for you. If you are cruising then you really are going to need SSB. Not selling anything but I studied with the Gordon West CD set. He also has a book that goes along with the CD's. There are 4 for the Tech class. If you listen to them and follow the book you can be ready in 2 weeks. The General class is the ticket you need for SSB. This is a little more in depth but very informative also. Once you reach a comfortable level of studying, you can go to a website called QRZ to take as many tests as you like for free. This is the best way to see how you are doing. When you start scoring 85 or higher, then your ready to test. There is another thread in the forums that goes into much more detail. With your HAM license you will be able to do sooo much to include receive all your weather and wind faxes to your laptop. It is an amazing hobby. Here is the website I was talking about.
Take care !!