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In the cyber realm, anonymous attacks occur at near light speed every day. Here, the Guard’s growing cyber force fights on the frontlines of this digital domain. Cyber Soldiers are trained to execute offensive cyberspace operations, conduct computer network defense, and detect malicious activity on the electromagnetic battlefield, using advanced military networks and cyber weapon systems.

 

Cyber Soldiers learn skills that make them immensely valuable in the civilian sector, which may include certifications in networks, security, and ethical hacking. These elite Soldiers dominate the fiber-optic fight and keep cyber threats on their heels.

  • 17C Cyber Operations Specialist

    OVERVIEW
    Cyber operations specialists execute defensive and offensive cyberspace operations (DCO and OCO). Cyber operations specialists ensure the freedom of maneuver within the cyberspace domain and deny the same to adversaries.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Perform cyber attacks/defenses
    • Cyber intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance actions on specified systems and networks
    • Conduct network terrain audits, penetration testing, basic digital forensics data analysis, and software threat analysis
    • React to cyberspace events, employ cyberspace defense infrastructure capabilities, collect basic digital forensics data, provide incident response impact assessments and produce network security posture assessments


    REQUIREMENTS

    Those who wish to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

    TRAINING
    Job training for a cyber operations specialist requires completing 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and two phases of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Phase one is located in Corry Station, FL for 25 weeks and phase two is located in Fort Gordon, GA for 20 weeks.

    Some of the skills you'€™ll learn are:

     

    • Conducting defensive cyberspace operations
    • Conducting offensive cyberspace operations
    • Analyzing information


    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Capability to bear numerous responsibilities


    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    General Technical (GT) : 110, Skilled Technical (ST) : 112
    Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

     

    COMPENSATION
    Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.


    EDUCATION BENEFITS

    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

     

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies, as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.

  • 25D Cyber Network Defender

    OVERVIEW
    The cyber network defender performs specialized computer network defense duties, including infrastructure support, incident response, auditing and managing. The cyber network defender also protects against and detects unauthorized activity in the cyberspace domain and uses a variety of tools to analyze and respond to attacks.

    JOB DUTIES

    • Tests, implements and deploys infrastructure hardware and software
    • Responds to crisis or urgent situations within the network to mitigate immediate and potential cyber threats
    • Uses defensive measures and information collected from a variety of sources to identify, analyze, and report events that occur or might occur within the network in order to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats
    • Provides detailed analysis reports as necessary
    • Uses mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery approaches as needed.
    • Conducts assessments of threats and vulnerabilities


    REQUIREMENTS
    In order to qualify as a cyber network defender, the successful candidate must have:

     

    • An SSG, MOS immaterial, with at least four years of experience in IA and IT. This experience must be verified by the personnel development officer
    • Top Secret Security Clearance
    • Contact your recruiter for additional requirements


    TRAINING
    Job training for 25D Cyber Network Defender is conducted under the auspices of the USA Signal School at Fort Gordon, GA. Contact your commanding officer for inquiries regarding waivers.

    Some of the skills you'll learn are:

     

    • Conducting defensive cyberspace operations
    • Conducting offensive cyberspace operations
    • Analyzing information

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Capability to bear numerous responsibilities

    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
    General Technical (GT) : 105, Skilled Technical (ST) : 105
    Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

    COMPENSATION
    Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

    EDUCATION BENEFITS
    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies, as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.

     

  • 29E Electronic Warfare Specialist

    OVERVIEW

    The electronic warfare specialist advises and assists the commander on electronic warfare operations. This person makes use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) and defeat the enemy through planning, coordination, integration, and execution of electronic attack (EA), electronic protection (EP), and electronic support (ES).

     

    JOB DUTIES

    • Planning and execution of electronic warfare operations
    • Targeting adversary's electronic systems
    • Defeat adversary's electronic systems

     

    REQUIREMENTS

    Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

     

    TRAINING

    Job training for Electronic Warfare Specialist requires 9 weeks Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field with on-the-job instructions. 

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

     

    • Radio wave theory
    • Planning and execution of Electronic Warfare operations
    • Determining proper frequencies

     

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Ability to work as a team member
    • Perform strenuous physical activities
    • Interest in computers and technology

     

    REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)

    Surveillance & Communications (SC): 100, Electronics (EL): 100, Skilled Technical (ST): 100 

     

    COMPENSATION

    Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and vacation time.

     

    EDUCATION BENEFITS

    In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. 

     

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies, as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.

  • 17 Cyber Operations Officer

    OVERVIEW

    Cyber branch is a maneuver branch with the mission to conduct defensive and offensive cyberspace operations (DCO and OCO). Cyber is the only branch designed to directly engage threats within the cyberspace domain.

      

    JOB DUTIES

    • Lead, plan and direct both defensive and offensive cyberspace maneuvers and effects operations in and through the cyberspace domain
    • Conduct OCO by using cyber capabilities in and through cyberspace to target and neutralize threats
    • Conduct DCO by protecting data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems through detection, identification, and response actions to attacks against friendly networks
    • Execute mission command of cyber maneuver forces during DCO and OCO missions in support of joint and combined arms operations

     

    REQUIREMENTS

    Those who wish to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

    Applicants must have a bachelors of science or higher degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, information systems, information assurance/cyber security or mathematics.

     

    TRAINING

    Job training for a cyber operations officer requires completing the Cyber Basic Officer Leaders Course (CBOLC). Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

    Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

    • Leading a team in cyber operations
    • Analyzing information
    • Preparing technical products

     

    HELPFUL SKILLS

    • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
    • Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
    • Ability to make quick decisions
    • Capability to bear numerous responsibilities
     

    FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS

    The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.

  • 170A Cyber Operations Technician

    DUTIES

    • Performs as the subject matter expert and advisor to the commander and staff regarding the employment of offensive and defensive cyber operations assets and personnel
    • Directs, plans, administers, manages, integrates, and assesses cyberspace operations
    • Develops policy recommendations and provides technical guidance regarding the operation and management of Army, Joint, intergovernmental, interagency and multi-national cyberspace assets and personnel
    • Integrates cyberspace effects into warfighting functions in an effort to optimize combat effectiveness
    • Protects the Department of Defense Information Network against foreign and domestic threat vectors in order to maintain network integrity and functionality
    • Leads, trains, and mentors cyber personnel through individual and group instruction, as well as the establishment, direction and evaluation of standard operating procedures (SOP) and job qualification standards

     

    MINIMUM PREREQUISITES

    • Be a SGT (E5) or above
    • BLC Graduate
    • Hold a current IAT/IAM Level 2 certification (i.e., Security+, et cetera)
    • Currently hold an adjudicated TS/SCI security clearance; failure to retain an adjudicated TS/SCI clearance by precludes you from attending WOBC and holding the MOS 170A (no waivers)
    • Documented practical experience in cyberspace operations in a cyber mission force certified work role, cyber security/computer network defense (CS/CND) or equivalent civilian experience.
      • Practical experience may be documented through NCO evaluation reports and award citations
      • In some instances, practical experience acquired from civilian employment may be acceptable, provided the experience can be documented by employee evaluations or performance appraisals and determined to be equivalent to military experience
    • A minimum of three years of rated time documented in NCOERs; this is the minimum prerequisite; all NCOERs must be submitted for consideration
      • Majority of NCOERs must reflect outstanding and exceptional duty performance ratings noted with "among the best” and “excellence” ratings by the rater and top (1) "successful" and "superior" ratings by the senior rater
      • USAR and ARNG may request a waiver for NCOER time, but must provide civilian performance appraisals in conjunction with their NCOERs or in lieu of not having NCOERs (SPC/E4 only)
    • A letter of recommendation (LOR) from a Senior Warrant Officer (CW3-CW5) is required; it is preferred that the letter comes from a senior cyber warrant officer; in the absence of an available senior 170 series cyber operations technician, the Cyber Proponent will accept a senior 255 or 352 series SWO LOR (CW3-CW5), as long as the recommendation is specifically written for the applicant to be a 170A (no waivers)
    • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Complete Battery, Level A 9/10; complete test (not survey) with all categories; scores required are Reading, Total Math, and Language at 12th grade level (12.9); applicants with an AA/S, BA/S or master’s degree meet this requirement and do not require the TABE (no waivers)
    • A minimum of six semester hours of college composition (English 100 and English 101 or equivalent English courses are the only accepted college courses) from an accredited academic institution; speech and public speaking courses are not considered as meeting this requirement even if administered by the English department of an institution; successful completion of the CLEP College Composition examination (not composition modular) or an associate’s degree or higher are the only acceptable alternatives
    • Applicants with Reserve Component time must submit official documentation in order to properly compute the length of Active Federal Service; documentation may be a DA Form 1506 (i.e., Statement of Service), an official memorandum (on unit letterhead) signed by the unit S-1, or similar documentation (e.g., RPAM statement)

     

    PREFERRED PREREQUISITES

    • ALC graduate
    • Hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university

     

    NOTE 1: Although not a requirement or prerequisite, technical certifications and National Cryptologic School credit also add great weight to the overall strength of the packet and should be cited in the resume and included in the packet. A few examples include: CASP, CEH, CISSP, CCNA, and MCSE.

     

    NOTE 2: Applicants from other military services (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy) who can substantiate their qualifications with performance evaluations, awards and certificates are encouraged to apply for MOS 170A. Please contact the proponent POC below only for questions regarding any qualifications. Address all other inquiries to the Warrant Officer Recruiting Branch: wo-team@usarec.army.mil.

     

    NOTE 3: Waiver requests for SPC/E4s and/or for the minimum of three NCOERs will be considered on a case-by-case base. Such waivers will be considered if the candidate has documented comparable managerial or leadership experience in the government service and/or civilian sector.

     

    NOTE 4: Any waiverable prerequisites not met will require a prerequisite waiver to be approved by Proponent. Be advised that submitting a prerequisite waiver does not constitute automatic approval.

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