Cyber Operations Officer (17A)
- Active Duty
- Army Reserve
- Entry Level
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.
- 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, net-centric 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
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.
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
- Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
- Physical and mental fitness to perform under pressure
- Ability to make quick decisions
- Capability to bear numerous responsibilities
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.
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.
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.
Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.