Information about Army Cyber Operations Officer MOS

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  1. Padre101

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    I'm creating this new thread to try to get as much info about being a 17A, like a one-stop-shopping for all things Army Cyber.

    I gathered some info from other threads and the GoArmy Website:

    OVERVIEW
    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.

    JOB DUTIES
    • 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
    REQUIREMENTS
    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.

    Other information from different threads:
    -30 ROTC and USMA graduates were selected to be a 17A (15 ROTC v. 15 USMA) in 2016.
    -Of the 15 USMA graduates, all of them were on the USMA cyber team.



    Questions (@tug_boat or @jagger19, your input is appreciated):

    -Which is a better major to have at WP to become a 17A: Computer Science or Information Technology (WP doesn't offer computer engineering)

    -Where are Cyber officers assigned after BOLC? Are they attached to different units at different Army posts or only assigned to just Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon or Cyber Command at Fort Meade?

    -What opportunities do 17As have to get further training such as Ranger School, Pathfinder, etc?

    -What opportunities do 17A have to deploy?

    -Since this branch is so new and selective, is it better to go into a different branch such as Infantry or Military Intelligence and then branch transfer later in your career?

    Thanks for the info.
     
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  2. DesertCaliMom

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    Excellent info and start here. Going to share with DS.
     
  3. cb7893

    cb7893 5-Year Member

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    If one can handle sarcasm about the cable guy, computer help desk, cheetos stained fingers, etc., Signal is not a bad MOS either. Signal does not carry the sexy cache like Cyber, but it's not a bad back up for a technically minded 2LT. It is a place where occupational proficiency is absolutely recognized.
     
  4. MabryPsyD

    MabryPsyD Dr. G.

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    I'm very computer savvy, have a masters in IT, and attended SCCC. I'm not ashamed to say I was VERY unprepared for SCCC. The reason...radios, TACSATs, and PBXs. People think Signal and assume "you're good at computers...you'll be fine". Nope. IT and CS are similar but different (I know it's weird). A CS guy/gal can do ALL IT, but an IT guy can't do ALL CS. As a former CIO, I'm telling you a CS degree is superior to an IT degree. Now if you do the cert chase as an IT guy/gal, then you can make up knowledge deficits.
     
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    cb7893 5-Year Member

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    DS was a Chem/Chem E major. Cyber was brand new, and he knew it would have been a triple bank shot to get it. He branched Signal, got his first pick of Duty Station and is happy as a clam. Those who dropped out of or repeated SBOLC can attest to its technical difficulty.
     

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