Become An Army Cyberwarrior
The battlefields of the 21st century have moved to cyberspace where malicious network traffic, complex phishing attacks, viruses, and other virtual dangers pose a direct threat to the critical infrastructure of the nation and to the safety of its citizens.
As an Army cyberwarrior, you’ll gain the skills and training needed to defend the nation from the growing number of cyber security threats.
Your immersive training in defensive and offensive systems protection will sharpen your ability to recognize adware, ransomware, and spyware aimed at key government facilities and financial centers.
You’ll also gain the skills needed to locate international hacker networks, disrupt the schemes of domestic cybercriminals, and safeguard the communications ability of the U.S. Army—the most powerful fighting force the world has ever known.
Cyber and Electronic Warfare Officer
As a Cyber and Electronic Warfare Officer, you’ll be the principal staff Officer responsible for Cyber protection and integration. You’ll conduct and coordinate electronic attacks, facilitate electronic protection, and provide electronic warfare support.
Cyber Operations Officer
As a Cyber Operations Officer, you’ll conduct integrated and synchronized defensive and offensive cyberspace operations by targeting hostile enemy activities and capabilities.
Cryptologic Intelligence Analyst
As a Cryptologic Intelligence Collector/Analyst, you’ll maintain and analyze databases of information used to locate and identify targets. You’ll also help the Army gain a critical advantage on its adversaries by identifying operational patterns within a computer, written, voice, or video communication.
Cyber Network Defender
As a Cyber Network Defender, you’ll perform specialized computer network defense duties, including infrastructure support, incident response, auditing, and managing. You’ll also detect and protect against unauthorized activity in the cyberspace domain and use a variety of tools to analyze and respond to attacks.
Cyber Operations Specialist
As a cyber operations specialist, you’ll utilize invaluable skills to defend the Army’s crucial and complex weapon systems, which include satellites, navigation, and aviation systems against both foreign and domestic cyber threats. As one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, our adversaries are attacking and attempting to exploit our networks around the clock, searching for vulnerabilities. You’ll respond to these attacks while enabling commanders to gain an advantage in cyberspace across all domains by targeting enemy activities and capabilities.
Get Paid To Learn Cyber Skills
The Army offers many different courses to grow your technology career as a cyber Soldier, which you’ll take while receiving Army pay and benefits. The courses vary depending on your career specialty and your status as an enlisted Soldier, Officer, or Warrant Officer.
Army Cyber training includes:
- Foundational technical, intelligence, and cyber warfare skills
- Learning computer programming languages
- Certifications in IT security
- Programming and executing cyber operations
- Advanced technical training in computer scripts, computer forensics, malware analysis, and hacking
- Electronic warfare education and leadership training, including how to intercept and counter improvised explosive device (IED) systems, and how to identify and combat radar systems and other electronic attack systems
Fast-Track Into Army Cyber Leadership
If you’re already a working cyber professional with a degree in a STEM field, you can apply to join the Cyber Corps as an Army Officer, even if you don’t have military experience.
Through the Cyber Direct Commissioning Program, you can bring your computer programming and data analytics skills to the Army and start with a rank of second lieutenant through colonel, depending on your experience.
If accepted into the program, you’ll receive training to prepare you to serve as an Army Officer, and receive a range of benefits, plus a salary according to your rank and status.
Common Questions About Army Cyber
What characteristics should a successful candidate have?
The Army is looking for candidates who are skilled, adaptable, and have experience or an interest in learning: software, hardware, coding, DevOps, full-stack, network or reverse engineering, data science, machine learning (AI), and more.
Can I join Army Cyber if I’m already active duty, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard?
Yes, you can transfer in if you’re a current Soldier from active duty, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Army Cyber command includes Army Reserve and Army National Guard members. To get started, speak to your commanding Officer about next steps and requirements.
Do I have to go through Basic Training to join Army Cyber?
Yes, you’ll need to complete Basic Training. If you are active military and transfer in, you will have already completed Basic Training.
What is the history of cyber operations in the Army?
While the Army has managed cybersecurity since the 1980s, today’s Army Cyber force was established by the U.S. Department of Defense in 2009, followed by the development of an Army Cyber School and the integration of electronic warfare into the cyber branch.