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Army Continues Cyber Workforce Development With Transition, Reclassification Programs

cybersecurityThe U.S. Army Human Resources Command has developed a personnel transition strategy and reclassification procedure for enlisted soldiers qualified to serve as cyber operations specialists under Military Occupational Specialty 17C, the Army said Wednesday.

David Ruderman writes that the transition strategy covers soldiers from the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, 7th Cyber Brigade and Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber, while any eligible servicemen can go through reclassification to join the cyber workforce.

“This move demonstrates the Army’s commitment to operating in cyberspace by investing in the most critical component necessary to work within the operational domain — a talented, trained and highly focused corps of world-class operators dedicated to the mission,” said Col. Douglas Stitt, director of HRC’s Enlisted Personnel Management Directorate.

Jim Bragg, the directorate’s retention and reclassification branch chief, added that eligible soldiers with the E6 additional skill identifier and covered under the strategy will transition to MOS 17C by September or undergo reclassification.

Soldiers interested in voluntary reclassification must meet requirements on noncommissioned officer education and service limits and undergo cyber-mission force functional training, he said.

Further guidelines are available in the MILPER 15-164 and MILPER 15-165 military personnel messages, the report said.

Ruderman earlier reported on May 29 that the Army has offered a selective retention bonus to cryptologic network warfare specialists and exploitation analysts under MOS 35Q and MOS 35Q EA, respectively.

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