The Cyber Direct Commissioning Program allows professionals with highly specialized computer programming, coding and analytical skills to be directly appointed as an Officer in the Army's Cyber Corps.

Even if you don't have any previous military experience, you could be eligible for a fast-track leadership role as an Army Officer, and earn a rank of second Lieutenant through Colonel depending on your level of expertise and qualifications.

Learn about the application process.

DEFEND OUR NATION IN CYBERSPACE

The Cyber Direct Commissioning Program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help build and establish the future of the Army's Cyber Warfare capabilities and technologies. Your extensive skills and education will be used to secure and defend our nation in and throughout cyberspace.

You'll engineer and implement the tools and technologies that enable Cyber Mission Force teams to perform critical, real-time, real-world cybersecurity operations, including risk analysis and mitigation, malware analysis, intrusion detection, cloud security, software development, and infrastructure management.

If you're passionate about innovating, developing, or reverse-engineering cyber-related capabilities and technologies and enjoy solving complex technical problems, you will thrive in the Army Cyber Corps.

SPECIAL TRAINING

If accepted into the program, you will attend two schools to help prepare you to serve as an Army Officer:

  • A 6-week Direct Commissioning Course, also known as BOLC-A, at Ft. Benning, GA
  • A 12-week Cyber Direct Commission Course, also known as BOLC-B, at Ft. Gordon, GA

You may also receive additional training, if needed, to prepare you for specific positions within Army Cyber units.

YOUR SERVICE COMMITMENT

The length of your commitment depends on the Army Component you select or to which you're assigned. The Army is comprised of three major components: Active Duty, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.

Active Duty: Requires a three-year service commitment with an option to either continue your active-duty service or switch to the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for a period of five more years. Therefore, the minimum total commitment is eight years. Additional service may be required based upon your current service commitment.

Army Reserve: Cyber positions are served part-time, and the length of the service commitment varies depending on which roles are needed.

Army National Guard: At this time, the Army National Guard is only hiring civilians. Civilian candidates do not to need to enter a service agreement or complete Army training.

AVAILABLE ACTIVE-DUTY ROLES

Capability Development Engineer

Qualified candidates will have 7+ years of software development experience, be skilled in reverse-engineering, vulnerability assessments, pentesting, scripting, and able to lead a team of developers.

Senior Telecommunications Advisor

Qualified candidates will have 5+ years leading large portfolios, demonstrate technology expertise in broadband and cellular networks, Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions, and advanced cellular communications (5G).

DevSecOps Engineer

Qualified candidates will have 5+ years in a dedicated DevSecOps role; experience with container orchestration services and cloud computing services, be an expert in systems scripting and automation, able to develop, integrate, deliver, and maintain capabilities in a continuous testing, integration, and deployment environment.

Data Scientist / Machine Learning Engineer

Qualified candidates will have 3+ years of experience with ML/DS techniques, able to program using C and Python; able to use statistical, algorithmic, mining, and visualization techniques to model complex operational problems.

Senior Platform Persistence Developer

Qualified candidates will have extensive experience in programming with C and Python, be able to craft remote access tools, loaders, and callback infrastructure. This position requires an in-depth understanding of the platform along with the ability to write robust, resilient, and high-quality software. Candidates must also be able to build capabilities which maintain access and provide interfaces for the operators which execute Cyber operations.

Senior Hardware / Radio Frequency Engineer

Qualified candidates will have 3+ years of experience in RF-related development or hardware reverse-engineering, be able to categorize hardware components, extract and reverse-engineer firmware, program software-defined radios, and create software for embedded systems. Candidates should be able to identify vulnerabilities in hardware systems or RF signaling and create exploitation capabilities.

Senior Cybersecurity Operations Expert

Qualified candidates will have 15+ years of IT management experience, 5+ years leading a 50+ member workforce, and at least 7 years of overall IT experience.

Senior Enterprise Architect

Qualified candidates will have 10+ years experience in full IT development life-cycle management and a strong understanding of web-based platforms including SaaS / PaaS, multi-tenancy, multi-tiered infrastructure, and application servers. Must also have expertise in vulnerability research and discovery. Plus, a strong understanding of the state-of-the art techniques in static and dynamic program analysis along with a broad understanding of vulnerability classes, exploitive techniques, and writing shellcode; requires extensive experience programming in C, and assembly in both user- and kernel-space.

AVAILABLE ARMY RESERVE ROLES

USAR-Data Architect

Qualified candidates will have at least 1 year operating in a data scientist capacity with a relevant MS degree or 3 years with no advanced degree.

AVAILABLE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ROLES

Cyber Operational, Strategic and Technical Leader

Qualified candidates will have 5+ years of experience or training on Java, PHP, C, C++, SQL or Python. Must have documented experience and expertise in Windows and Linux networking concepts, registry dynamics, boot processes, systems auditing, active directory management, systems logging and auditing, group policy management, resource protection, interaction with Linux and Microsoft command line interface (Windows CMD prompt, Powershell, Bash, Tcsh, etc.), process forensics and surveying. Applicants must also have an intermediate level of expertise in maneuvering through cyberspace, packet analysis, and employment of cyberspace operations methodologies. Applicants will have the aptitude and ability to pass the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) Routing and Switching certification examinations.

At this time, the Army National Guard is only hiring civilians. Civilian candidates will not to need to enter a service agreement or complete Army training.

REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE ARMY CYBER DIRECT COMMISSIONING PROGRAM

  • Be a United States citizen; applicants in a dual citizenship status are ineligible
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Have at least a four-year college degree, preferably in a relevant field
  • Possess multiple years of relevant work experience in a designated career field
  • Meet Army basic fitness standards and complete an Army medical physical

HOW TO APPLY

You will compete against other qualified applicants, and you will be selected from among your peers to fill a specific operational requirement or critical need. The process may take a few months to complete, but an Army Cyber Corps representative will keep you updated on the status of your application throughout the screening and selection process.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Application form: Download the application (PDF)
  • Employment history form: Download additional Employment History (PDF)
  • An up-to-date resume or CV: List details of your relevant experience, education, and skills, along with all pertinent references
  • Cover letter or writing sample: Take the opportunity to highlight relevant strengths and tell the selection panel who you are and why you want to serve within this program
  • Proof of undergraduate and graduate degrees earned: Provide a copy of your degree certificate and a complete transcript issued by your academic institution(s), including your name, the institution's name, degree(s) earned, and date (or expected date) of degree
  • Proof of professional certifications and/or certificates of completion for relevant training: Submit all professional certifications for consideration, along with any certificates of completion for relevant training courses
  • Prior military service documents (if applicable): Applicants who have served in the military must submit all evaluation reports, along with complete Certificates of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) and any other pertinent discharge papers
  • A recent, full-length, professional photograph
  • Letters of recommendation or reference (optional): Submit up to three strong letters of recommendation or references. For current service members, it is highly recommended that you obtain letters of recommendation from your chain of command

 

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1: APPLY

  • Prepare all application materials and fill out forms digitally
  • Ensure all personally identifiable information (e.g., social security numbers, personal phone numbers, home addresses) are redacted throughout your application packet
  • Email application to: usarmy.gordon.cyber-coe.mbx.occ-officers@mail.mil
  • After your application is sent, you'll receive an email confirming receipt of your application packet within seven business days
  • Additional instructions and packet status notifications will follow
  • If you're qualified for an available role, you'll be contacted by an Army Cyber Corps representative to schedule an interview

STEP 2: INTERVIEW PROCESS

  • Round 1 – Telephone Interview
  • Round 2 – In-Person Interviews: Conducted either at Fort Gordon, GA or virtually

STEP 3: SELECTION BOARD & APPROVALS

  • Qualifying candidates from the interview process are considered at a selection board, which is held up to three times per year
  • The Chief of Cyber and the Department of the Army reviews and approves or denies selection board recommendations
  • If selected, you will complete medical and security screenings