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Cyber Operations Officer

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Cyber Operations Officer - 17A

  • Active/Reserve:Both
  • Officer/Enlisted:Officer
  • Restrictions:None


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, netcentric 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

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

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • No ASVAB
  • Compensation

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

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