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Army Cyber Officer - National Guard

*Not currently accepting applications for the Army National Guard Cyber Operations position*  

Qualified Civilians can apply for a direct appointment as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army National Guard. The Cyber Direct Commissioning Program provides an opportunity for professionals with exquisite cyber-focused technical skills and talents to be directly appointed into the Army’s Cyber Corps by matching with the Skill Gap Requirement, listed below. Even without previous military experience, you may be eligible for a fast-track leadership role as a Cyber Officer in the Army National Guard, earning a commission in the ranks of Lieutenant through Colonel, based on a combination of your Cyber/technical expertise, experience, and education.

Currently serving members of the Army Active Component, Army National Guard, Army Reserves, or any sister-service are NOT eligible for this program.


The Cyber Direct Commissioning Program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help build and establish the future of the Army National Guard’s Cyberspace and Electromagnetic Warfare capabilities. If you're passionate about expertly employing, innovating, developing, and/or engineering cyber-related solutions, capabilities, and technologies as a part of a small team, this may be the opportunity for you.

If you meet our Army Cyber Corps’ skill/talent gap needs, your extensive experience and education will be used to secure and defend our nation in and through cyberspace. In other words, you'll use your technical skill set to enable the Army’s Cyber Force in performing critical, complex, real-time, real-world Offensive or Defensive Cyberspace Operations.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Be a United States citizen; applicants with dual citizenship status are ineligible.
  • Currently serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces are ineligible to apply for this program. Please discuss other commissioning options with a career counselor or recruiter.
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in relevant STEM field and/or advanced-level cyber-related industry certifications.
  • Be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Pass an Army medical physical and meet basic fitness standards.
  • At least six years of documented experience in two or more specified disciplines, including:
    • Windows OS enterprise environments
    • Linux OS and networking concepts
    • Internet of things security
    • Vulnerability assessments
    • Penetration testing
    • Advanced digital forensics
    • Incident response leadership
    • Networking device configuration and security
    • ICS/SCADA protocols
    • Advanced programming experience
    • Software, application, frontend/backend, or database engineering
  • Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to explain complex technical concepts to senior leaders or executives.
  • Proven ability to lead a team or organization in a fast-paced environment engaged in enterprise-level operations.
Skill Gap Requirement

You must possess and provide evidence of the skills outlined for the following Army National Guard work role to be considered for Cyber Direct Commission:


Bachelor's degree or higher in relevant STEM field and/or advanced-level cyber-related industry certifications.

Base Salary
$600-$1,500 Per month
Employment Type
Part Time - National Guard
Job Location
United States*
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