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Today’s Army faces challenges that reach far beyond the traditional battlefield. 

With a consistently evolving warfare landscape.

The enemy’s reach is no longer limited to geographical constraints.

As one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, our sophisticated weapons systems.

Satellites, navigation.

And aviation systems.

Are reliant upon an infrastructure of vast stores of information…

In networked computer-based systems and databases.

Our adversaries are attacking and attempting to exploit our networks around the clock.

Searching for vulnerabilities to jeopardize our mission.

And disrupt our way of life.

Just one stealthy piece of malicious code could have devastating and costly effects.

The Army relies on intelligent, highly skilled Service men and women to support and defend these crucial and complex systems against threats both foreign and domestic.

As a Soldier working in Military Occupational Specialty: Cyber Operations Specialist, you will serve on the front lines of the cyberspace battlefield.

Enabling and executing both defensive and offensive cyberspace operations.

Ensuring the freedom of maneuver within the cyberspace domain.

And denying that same advantage to our adversaries.

After completing ten weeks of Basic Combat Training, you will complete two phases of Advanced Individual Training.

Phase One takes place over 25 weeks at the Corry Station Naval Technical Training Center in Pensacola, Florida.

Followed by 20 weeks of Phase Two training at the US Army Cyber School at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

The Army will train you in a number of valuable skills, such as: performing cyber-attacks and defenses.

Cyber intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance actions on specified systems and networks.

Conducting network terrain audits, penetration testing.

Collecting and analyzing basic digital forensics data, and software threat analysis.

To react to cyberspace events, and employ cyberspace defense infrastructure capabilities.

And to provide incident response impact assessments, and produce network security posture assessment.

You will also learn to analyze computer system and network architecture.

And determine and implement exploitation and defensive methods.

Due to the highly sensitive nature of this MOS, qualifying Soldiers must meet Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information access eligibility requirements.

As well as pass a counterintelligence scope polygraph.

The unparalleled training and experience gained while serving in this MOS can prepare you for a wealth of opportunities in the civilian workforce. 

The skills you will acquire are in high demand.

Join the Army’s most technologically advanced career field.

As one of an elite team of world-class cyber warriors.

Committed to combating our Nation’s ever-present and growing cyberspace threat.

Military Occupational Specialty: Cyber Operations Specialist.

Cyber Operations Specialist (17C)

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Cyber Operations Specialists conduct integrated and synchronized offensive cyberspace operations by targeting enemy and hostile adversary activities and capabilities. These specialists also conduct defensive operations to protect data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems. They are responsible for detecting, identifying, and responding to attacks against friendly networks with other lethal and nonlethal actions that enable commanders to gain an advantage in cyberspace, across all domains.

Job Duties

  • Provide crucial intelligence and network support that safeguards the cyber domain.
  • Collect, analyze and report digital data.
  • Maintain network defense tools such as routers and firewalls.
  • Evaluate network defense operations.
  • Respond to incidents in cyberspace.
  • Surveillance and reconnaissance actions on specified systems and networks.
  • Conduct network terrain audits, penetration testing, basic digital forensics and software threat analysis.


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.


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 includes 25 weeks of training in Corry Station, Florida. Phase two lasts 20 weeks, and takes place in Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Much of the training results in industry-leading certifications useful in both military and civilian careers. These certifications include:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA)

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.


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

This MOS is eligible for Special Pay of up to $300 per month.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

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.

Cyber recruits also have access to the following:

  • Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS)
  • opportunities and Training with Industry (TWI) apprenticeships.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you will learn as a Cyber Operations Specialist will help prepare you for a career in government agencies, as well as jobs in global security companies.

  • Some of these Organizations include:
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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