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Army Sets Aug. 31 Deadline for Cyber Operations Specialist Applicants; Mike Perry Comments

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cybersecurityThe U.S. Army has set Aug. 31 as the deadline for applications from soldiers who want to become part of the service’s cyber branch as cyber operations specialists, the Army reported Aug. 17.

Laura Levering writes uniformed personnel in ranks E-1 through E-8 that seek to be reclassified into the 17C military occupational specialty are required to submit application packets with educational background, recommendation letters and self-assessments.

A 17C MOS soldier will work to “provide offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military operations by enabling actions and generating effects across all domains,” said Master Sgt. Mike Perry, a career counsellor for the Cyber Protection Brigade.

The one-year, 17C course has two training phases to be held in Pensacola, Florida and at the Georgia-based Cyber Center of Excellence, Levering reports.

The Army will select applicants by October and expects to start training by the second quarter of 2016.

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