The U.S. Army plans to established a new cyber branch in October after the service initiated a cyber protection brigade on Friday.
The Army Network Enterprise Technology Command activated the cyber protection brigade and cyber protection teams will serve at the core of the new branch, an Army release says.
Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris of the Army Cyber Command said the service could announce the cyber branch in the second week of October during the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting.
Harris said training of a network operations non-commissioned officer encompasses two six-month courses and a two-year apprentice program.
He added that the cyber teams will have the size of a platoon, the offense teams larger and the network defense teams at mid-size.
“There are also support elements that are somewhat smaller and national teams that will support other government agencies,” said Harris.
The teams will comprise of soldiers, NCOs, officers, warrant officers and civilian employees.