Cyber Warfare Technician - 170A


As a Cyber Warfare Technician, you are the technical expert on executing Cyberspace Operations within Army and Join Service formations. You are responsible for directing, planning, administrating, managing, integrating, and assessing the technical aspects of Offensive and Defensive Cyberspace Operations. You serve as a trusted advisor on the employment, operation, and management of cyberspace assets and personnel. To maintain network integrity and functionality, you help protect the Department of Defense information Network against foreign and domestic threat vectors.


  • Be at least a SGT (E5) or above.
  • Applicants must be a BLC Graduate
  • Certification training in SEC+, CASP, or CISSP, or equivalent training such as JCAC/CTOC/CCTC/BRIGHTON/TOUCHSTONE
  • Hold a current IAT / IAM Level 2 certification (Security+, etc)
  • Applicants must be able to obtain an adjudicated TOP SECRET (TS)/Secure Compartmented Information (SCI) security clearance. Compos 2 and 3 must have a TS clearance before the 170A qualification course attendance
  • Certified in a Cyber Mission Force work role or possess documented practical cyber-related experience (protocol analysis, Windows/*Nix Scripting, digital forensics, etc.) Practical experience documented through NCOERs, evaluation reports, performance appraisals, or statements of work equivalent to military experience
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 36 months of rated time documented in NCOERs. This is the minimum prerequisite; all NCOERs are required for consideration. ARNG and USAR applicants may request a waiver for NCOER time but must provide civilian performance appraisals in conjunction with their NCOERs or in lieu of not having NCOERs
  • A letter of recommendation (LOR) from a senior 170A Warrant Officer (CW3-CW5) is required
  • Must have three (3) hours of English Composition and three (3) hours of Math (“C “grade or higher) from an accredited college or university. The only acceptable alternatives are completing the CLEP College Algebra and English Composition examination or an Associate's degree or higher. The Department of Education maintains a database of accredited postsecondary education institutions and programs
  • A minimum of three semester hours of College Algebra or higher is the only accepted college course from an accredited academic institution. The only acceptable alternatives are completing the CLEP College Algebra examination or an Associate's degree or higher
  • ARNG applicants must provide cyber questionnaire with packet

Major Duties

  • Performs as the Subject Matter Expert and advisor to the Commander and staff regarding the employment of Offensive and Defensive cyber operations assets and personnel.
  • Directs, plans, administers, manages, integrates, and assesses cyberspace technical capabilities.
  • Defends the Department of Defense Information Network against foreign and domestic threat vectors in order to maintain network integrity and functionality.
  • Maneuvers through the Cyber Domain to impose costs on adversarial threats both Offensively and Defensively.


Cyber Warfare Technician receive approximately nine months of initial training focused in the following areas:

  • Technical certifications related to the Cyber Mission Force work roles
  • A culmination of leadership and technical skill will be applied through an immersive capstone event
  • Cyberspace Operations using Windows and Unix Operating Systems
  • Protocol Analysis
  • Intel Integration into Cyberspace Operations