Army MOS 17C Cyber Operations Specialist

17C Cyber Operations Specialist

The 17C Cyber Operations Specialist execute offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military operations by enabling actions and generating effects across all domains.

The Cyber Operations Specialist ensures the freedom of maneuver within the Cyberspace domain and denies the same to adversaries.

Cyber Operations Specialists will enable Offensive Cyberspace Operations (OCO) intended to project power by the application of force in and through Cyberspace by targeting enemy and hostile adversary activities and capabilities.

Cyber Operations Specialists also enable Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) in order to protect data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems by detecting, identifying and responding to attacks against friendly networks

17C Training Requirements

Prior to attending the 17C course, Soldiers are required to complete 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training before advancing to Advanced Individual Training or 17C AIT.

17C training is 48 weeks long and consists of two phases.
The first phase is the Joint Cyber Analysis Course taught under the auspices of the U.S. Navy at Corry Station, FL. During phase 1 Soldiers will learn:
  • Introduction
  • Discrete Structures
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Computer Organization & Architecture
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking Concepts & Protocols
  • Windows
  • UNIX
  • Programming
  • Enterprise Level Networking
  • Protocol Analysis
  • Wireless Technologies
  • Target Research/SIGINT Analysis
  • Active Exploitation
  • CND
  • Forensics Methodologies & Malware Analysis
  • Capstone

Upon completion of phase 1, the Soldier will relocate to Fort Gordon, GA for 24 weeks of phase 2 training.

17C Qualifications

Cyber Operations Specialist must possess the following qualifications:

ASVAB Score: 112 ST and 110 GT. We highly recommend Kaplan’s 2016 ASVAB Study Guide

PULHES Profile:  222221

Vision: Normal Color Vision

Physical Demands Rating: Medium

Security Clearance: Top Secret (TS) Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access eligibility requirements to be awarded and maintain MOS>

Additional Notes: Have a high school diploma or GED equivalency. A minimum score of 60 on the Information Communication Technology Literacy (ICTL) test (a.k.a. Cyber Test) for IET accessions on and
after 1 April 2014.

Recruiters must inform the applicant that they must pass a counterintelligence scope polygraph (CSP) prior to being awarded the MOS and must continue to pass subsequent CSPs to hold the MOS. Soldiers who refuse to take or fail a CSP will be reclassified.

17C Assignments

Possible assignments for a 17C Cyber Operations Specialist include:

  • 782 MI BN, Det-H, Schofield Barracks, HI
  • 782 MI BN, Det-T, Fort Sam Houston, TX
  • Army Cyber Institute, USMA
  • 780 MI BDE, Fort Meade, MD
  • 781 MI BN, Fort Meade, MD
  • 1ST IO CMD, Fort Belvoir, VA
  • AR CYBER, Fort Gordon, GA
  • Cyber School, Fort Gordon, GA
  • Cyber Protection BDE, Fort Gordon, GA

About the Author MSG Washington

MSG Washington has served within the ranks of the United States Army since June of 2001. With ten years of recruiting experience, he is an expert on Recruiting Operations, who willingly assists applicants across the Country with their enlistment process.

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