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The Army’s cyber mission force is “growing exponentially” and on track to have all 41 teams established and operating by the end of fiscal 2016, the head of the Army’s Cyber Commend told a House panel recently.

Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon said 25 of 41 teams are currently at initial operating capability and are expected to be fully operational in fiscal 2017 and allocated to combatant commanders.

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Cardon said the Army has seen success filling out its cyber ranks with in-service recruitment and is working on an initiative to encourage cadets to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics – with 30 officer commissions expected to come from West Point and ROTC programs this summer.

The Army is also implementing a Cyber Career Management Field for enlisted personnel, and has approved special pay and bonuses for cyber assignments and training opportunities.

Cardon noted however that filling civilian cyber positions has been particularly challenging due to a slow and rigid hiring process with tight limits on compensation.