PUT YOUR YEARS OF TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE TO WORK -- BECOME A CYBER OFFICER!

Are you a cyber professional with years of experience as a software engineer, DevOps engineer, data scientist / machine learning engineer, or similar highly-specialized cyber career field? Are you skilled in innovating, developing, or reverse engineering cyber-related capabilities and technologies? Do you enjoy solving complex technical problems and tackling difficult technological challenges? And do you also want to serve your country? If you answered yes to these questions, you may have what it takes to become an elite member of the Army’s Cyber Corps.

Qualified professionals (including civilians and service members) can APPLY NOW for a direct appointment as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Cyber Corps. If selected, you could help build and establish the future of the Army’s Cyber Warfare capabilities and technologies as an officer in the rank of second lieutenant through colonel, depending on a thorough review and calculation of relevant education, training, and work experience.

WHAT IS THE CYBER DIRECT COMMISSIONING PROGRAM?

This program allows professionals with specific, highly specialized and extensive cyber-related skills and education to be directly appointed as an officer in the Army’s Cyber Corps. As such, you’ll be commissioned as a Cyber Officer in the U.S. Army, performing critical roles within your area of expertise to support our nation’s Cyber Mission Forces.

WHAT WILL I DO AS A DIRECT COMMISSION CYBER OFFICER?

You’ll bring your extensive skills and education to bear in securing and defending our nation in and through cyberspace. In doing this, you’ll engineer and implement the tools, capabilities, applications, processes, and technologies necessary to enable Cyber Mission Force teams of operators and analysts to perform critical, real-time, real-world cyberspace operations.

Upon selection and appointment, you will attend two schools to prepare you to serve as an Army officer: the 6-week Direct Commissioning Course (Ft. Benning, GA) and the 12-week Cyber Direct Commission Basic Officer Leaders Course (Ft. Gordon, GA). You may also receive additional training, as necessary, to prepare you for specific positions within Army Cyber units.

After the completion of your initial training, you’ll be assigned to perform duties related to your skillset in Active or Reserve Component Cyber units during the length of your Army commitment. The majority of opportunities under this program are in the Army’s Active Component; however, there are limited opportunities within the Army Reserve or National Guard. Learn how to apply.

HOW LONG WILL I SERVE IN THE ARMY?

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

In the Army’s Active Component, you’ll serve on active duty for three years, with an option to either continue your active duty service or discontinue into the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR) for a period of five more years. Thus, your minimum total commitment is eight years: three years on active duty and five years in the IRR. Current service members that qualify for a direct appointment under this program may incur an additional service obligation depending on the current service commitment.

As opportunities are available for Reserve Component direct commissioning, both civilians and currently-serving Army Reserve or National Guard Soldiers may seek to become Cyber officers as part of this program. Your term of commitment will be defined by the appropriate Reserve Component, if selected for a direct appointment.

What Are The Benefits?

In addition to the opportunity to utilize your highly-specialized, cyber-related experience and education as an Army Cyber Officer, you’ll enjoy the benefits available to all who serve in the Army. Learn more.

WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS PROGRAM?

  • You must be a United States citizen; applicants in a dual citizenship status are ineligible.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance.
  • You must have at least a four-year college degree, preferably in a relevant field.
  • You must possess years of relevant work experience in a designated career field.
  • You must complete an Army commissioning physical, meeting basic fitness standards for service as an Army officer.
  • You must complete the application packet and submit it to the Office of the Chief of Cyber.


You will compete against other qualified applicants, and you must 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 inform you of the status of your application at key points during the screening and selection process.

WHAT RELEVANT CYBER WORK EXPERIENCE SHOULD I POSSESS?

For the Active Army, current requirements exist for experienced personnel to fill the following work roles:

  • Senior Software Engineer: able to lead a of developers in the creation of resilient, scalable, offensive tool suites and frameworks and enhancements to existing capabilities from concept to launch
  • DevOps Engineer: able to develop, integrate, deliver, and maintain capabilities in a continuous testing, integration and deployment environment.
  • Data Scientist / Machine Learning Engineer: able to use of statistical, algorithmic, mining, and visualization techniques to model complex operational problems.
  • Senior Cyber Vulnerability Researcher: able to analyze systems, identify security vulnerabilities, and develop inputs that exploit these systems.
  • Senior Platform Persistence Developer: able to build capabilities which maintain access and provide interfaces for the operators which execute Cyber operations.
  • Senior Hardware / Radio Frequency Engineer: able to identify vulnerabilities in hardware systems or RF signaling and create exploitation capabilities.
  • Senior Cybersecurity Operations Expert: able to oversee the development of IT security policies, standards, procedures and the risk management program.
  • Senior Enterprise Architect: able to define the principles that guide technology decisions for the enterprise, and chair governance activities in support the technology portfolio.

 

For the Reserve Components, limited opportunities exist for experienced personnel to fill the following work roles:
 
  • Data Architect with at least one year operating in a data scientist capacity with a relevant MS degree or three years with no advanced degree.
  • Cyber Operational, Strategic and Technical Leadership and Expertise with documented experience in leadership, programming, and networking.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Follow these steps to apply for the Army's Cyber Direct Commissioning Program:

1. Download the application documents

Download the application (PDF)  
Download additonal Employment History (PDF)

2. Fill out the application electronically

3. Once you have completed the application, email it to the following mailbox: usarmy.gordon.cyber-coe.mbx.occ-officers@mail.mil

4. Provide the following supporting documents with your completed application:

A recent, full-length, professional photograph.

Proof of undergraduate and graduate degrees earned. Provide an official transcript issued by your academic institution(s), including your name, the institution's name, degree conferred, and date (or expected date) conferred. Also, provide a copy of your degree certificate.

Proof of professional certifications and/or certificates of completion for relevant training. All professional certifications should be submitted for consideration, along with any certificates of completion for relevant training courses.

An up-to-date resume or CV. List details of your relevant experience, education, and skills, along with all pertinent references.

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 dishcarge papers.

Letters of recommendation or reference (optional). Submit up to three strong letters of recommendation or reference.

Cover letter or writing sample
. This is an opportunity for you to tell the selection panel/board who you are and why you desire to serve within this program. Ensure you highlight relevant strengths and provide any other relevant information not included in your resume.

5. Ensure all personally identifiable information (e.g., social security numbers, personal phone numbers, home addresses) are redacted throughout your application packet.

6. After your application is sent, you'll receive an email confirming receipt of your application packet within seven buisness days. Additional instructions and packet status notifications will follow if/when appropriate.

7. If your application packet warrants you an opportunity to compete in this program, you'll be contacted by an Army Cyber Corps representative to schedule the interview process.

2020 ARMY CYBER DIRECT COMMISSIONING PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Submission Window Initial Screening Phone interview In-person/Leadership Interviews Board Date
20200406-20200816 20200828 20200911 20200925 20201009

CYBER CIRECT COMMISSIONING PROGRAM STEPS

STEP 1: Application Packet Processing

  • The applicant submits a complete application packet, per published instructions.
  • The applicant is notified by the Office of the Chief of Cyber after the packet is received and initially reviewed for completeness.
  • The Office of the Chief of Cyber screens the packet based on current requirements to identify potentially qualifying experience and education.


STEP 2: Interview Process

  • Round 1 – Telephonic Interview – conducted via telephone if the applicant possesses potential for fulfilling current requirements.
  • Round 2 – In-Person Interviews – conducted at Fort Gordon, GA, if the applicant successfully passes through Round 1 of the process.
  • Note: The interview process is conducted up to three times per year following the application submission windows.


STEP 3: Selection Board & Approvals

  • Qualifying application packets from the interview process are considered at a selection board, which is held up to three times per year following the application submission windows.
  • The Chief of Cyber and the Department of the Army reviews and approves or denies selection board recommendations.


STEP 4: Notification, Entry Processing, & Appointment

  • If selected and approved, the Office of the Chief of Cyber notifies the potential officer candidate.
  • The potential officer candidate completes medical and security screenings.
  • Qualifying officer candidates receive an offer for direct appointment from the Army. Those who accept the offer, will be appointed as officers.


STEP 5: Training & Employment

  • The officer, upon accepting the direct appointment offer, attends the Direct Commission Course at Fort Benning, GA, as scheduled.
  • When the directly appointed officer completes the Direct Commission Course, he/she will attend the Cyber Direct Commission Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC) at Fort Gordon, GA.
  • Upon completion of BOLC, the officer will proceed to his/her first unit of assignment.

ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO JOIN THE ARMY CYBER CORPS?

Yes, there are several ways to join the team as either an officer, enlisted Soldier, or Department of the Army Civilian. For officer opportunities, you can apply to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) or participate in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), and then request the Cyber Branch. To become an enlisted Soldier in the Cyber Corps, you can speak with a local Army recruiter and ask about becoming a Cyber or Electronic Warfare Specialist. You can find more information about these opportunities on the goarmy.com site or you may speak with a local Army recruiter.

For Department of the Army Civilian employee opportunities, visit USAJOBS.gov and search for cyber professional positions.

FOR ADDITIONAL INQUIRIES, text "cyberspace" to 22828, or email your specific questions to: usarmy.gordon.cyber-coe.mbx.occ-officers@mail.mil