The United States Navy announced an opportunity available for Cyber Sailors to earn a master’s degree, through NAVADMIN 117/12, released on April 5.
Sailors in the information systems technician (IT) and cryptologic technician networks (CTN) ratings may apply for enrollment in a cyber master’s degree program at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Those who are chosen for the 12-month program, funded by the Navy, will be assigned as full-time students at NPS starting in the fall term this year. Sailors who complete the program earn a Master of Science degree in Cyber Systems and Operations: Security and Technology.
Up to five active duty and full-time support Sailors will be chosen to enroll in the program. The opportunity is open to applicants who are an E-6 or above, possess a bachelor of science degree in a relevant technical field, hold or are eligible for a TS/SCI security clearance, and are eligible for CONUS/shore assignment between April and December 2012. The full eligibility criteria are outlined on NAVADMIN 117/12.
Sailors chosen for the program incur a five-year active service obligation once they enroll. When they complete their degree, they may be assigned based on the needs of the Navy, but priority will be given to the National Security Agency, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet, Navy Information Operations Command, and Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command.
Interested Sailors are advised to hand in a written request through their commanding officer by May 15.
Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk, Chief of Naval Personnel, said: “Cyber security is an area of critical importance to our Navy and our nation… Cyber expertise is essential in assuring the Navy’s warfighting superiority across the full spectrum of operations. With this program, we are preparing our Sailors to bring these ever-important capabilities to the Fleet.”