Cyber Operations Specialist (17C)

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.

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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.