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The Army has just completed a recruitment drive among its own ranks to find soldiers interested in joining the cyber branch.

The Army notified soldiers in June of an opportunity to reclassify into the 17C military occupational specialty, or cyber operations specialist.

Soldiers had to submit an application packet by August 31, largely consisting of a self-assessment but including transcripts and other documentation. Those that missed the deadline (or that are not accepted this round – notifications will be sent out in October) must wait for the next course announcement.

The competition to get into the branch and significant developmental opportunities that it provides could create a level of prestige to help drive further recruitment and help meet the Army’s growing cyber needs.

Cyber-operations specialists “provide offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military operations by enabling actions and generating effects across all domains,” according to the Army.

It said the 17C MOS is open to all soldiers in ranks E-1 through E-8, training includes a six month joint cyber analysis course in Pensacola, Florida, and another six months at the Cyber Center of Excellence on Fort Gordon, Georgia.