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Cyber Operations Specialists

Cyber Operations Specialists

Military Status


Average Military Salary


Service Branches

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Space Force


Cyber operations specialists conduct offensive and defensive cyberspace operations in support of the full range of military options. They utilize devices, computer programs and techniques designed to create an effect across cyberspace. Offensive operations involve applying force to target enemy and hostile adversary activities and capabilities. Defensive operations are conducted to protect data, networks, net-centric capabilities and other designated systems by detecting, identifying and responding to attacks against friendly networks.

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Navy Cyber Warfare Technician – CWT
Navy Cyber Warfare Technician – CWT
Navy Cyber Warfare Technician – CWT

Military Training

Like all enlisted personnel, cyber operations specialists complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Cyber operations specialists in the Military receive advanced training too. Starting with extensive technical preparation in everything from database design to computer networking to communications systems, skills continue to be enhanced through classroom and on-the-job instruction. Training content may include:

  • Conducting defensive cyberspace operations
  • Conducting offensive cyberspace operations
  • Operating automated data processing (ADP) equipment
  • Analyzing information and preparing technical products and time-sensitive reports
  • Developing and maintaining analytical and operational working aids and databases
  • Installing and configuring networks
  • Caring for, maintaining and using networking software tools/equipment

Work Environment

Cyber operations specialists work in offices or in command and control centers on land or aboard ships.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to understand and apply math concepts
  • Interest in solving problems
  • Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail

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