Cyber Warrant Officer Program Broadens Eligibility
Cyber Warrant Officer
Program Broadens Eligibility
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Andrea Perez, Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs.
Millington, Tennessee -- October 25, 2013 -- (NNS)
-- In order to meet the increasing demand for officers with specific computer
network operations knowledge, skills and abilities, requirements for the Cyber
Warrant Officer Commissioning Program have changed, Navy officials said Oct. 25.
NAVADMIN 259/13 outlines amendments to the program. The
following is a summary of the changes:
* The 9308 Navy Interactive ON-NET (ION) Operator NEC (Navy
Enlisted Classification) has been removed as a requirement. * Cryptologic
Technician Networks rated Sailors who have been certified as Cyber Targeteers,
Cyber Fire Support Planners, Cyber Fire Support Coordinators, Cyber Weaponeers
and Endpoint Exploitation Analysts are now considered highly competitive
candidates. * Information System Technician rated Sailors who have graduated
from the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science in Applied Cyber
Operations have been added as highly competitive candidates.
Chief Warrant Officer Daryn
Bartlett, assigned to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Reserve
Unit 301, Everett, Wash., teaches a Security Plus certification class to
information systems technicians from 11 San Diego commands. SPAWAR sends
fly-away network operations support teams to the fleet to provide tailored
information technology and information assurance and security training required
to maintain command, control, communications, computers and intelligence
"We wanted to increase the number of applicants who are
eligible for the Cyber Warrant Officer Commissioning Program," said Capt. Baron
V. Reinhold, director of Military Community Management, Bureau of Naval
Personnel. "Removing the 9308 NEC requirement allows for a larger pool of
highly-qualified and competitive candidates to apply for the program."
According to Reinhold, 9308 NEC duties represent only one of
ten work roles the Navy requires to execute offensive and defensive cyber
The Cyber Warrant Officer designator was established in 2010.
The program identifies, develops, and commissions technically proficient Sailors
to operate, analyze, plan and direct full-spectrum cyber operations.
All prerequisite criteria for the Chief Warrant Officer
Commissioning Program are applicable to the Cyber Warrant Officer program.
Selections to the program will be made via the annual Active duty and Reserve
Limited Duty Officer (LDO) and Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) In-Service
Applications for the Fiscal Year 2015 active-duty and Reserve
LDO/CWO In-Service Procurement Boards must be postmarked no later than Oct. 1,
2013. However, for Cyber Warrant Officer applicants only, the deadline has been
extended to Nov. 15, 2013. All applications for Cyber Warrant Officer must be
received by Navy Personnel Command by the new deadline. Basic eligibility
requirements are outlined in NAVADMIN 176/13 for active duty and NAVADMIN 177/13
Specific requirements and additional information about LDO/CWO
programs can be found in OPNAVINST 1420.1B, Enlisted to Officer Commissioning
Programs Application Administrative Manual, chapter 7.