US Army to directly commission cyber professionals

05 December 2017

The US Army has kicked off a pilot programme for direct commissioning of civilian cyber professionals to help grow the military's overall cyber workforce.

Jobs for cyber operations officers (known as military occupational specialty 17A) are now open to direct commissioning, similar to how civilian lawyers or doctors can join ranks as officers.

On 27 October the secretary of the army signed an order allowing this new directive, and the army expects to hold its first officer boards in the coming month, Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone, head of US Army Cyber Command, told reporters on 5 December at the Pentagon.

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