Sailors in the information systems technician (IT) and cryptologic technician networks (CTN) ratings will have the opportunity to apply for enrollment in a cyber master's degree program at Naval Postgraduate School, according to NAVADMIN 117/12, released April 5.
IT and CTN Sailors selected for the 12-month, Navy-funded program will be assigned as full time students at NPS starting in September 2012. Upon completion, Sailors will receive a Master of Science degree in Cyber Systems and Operations: Security and Technology.
"Cyber security is an area of critical importance to our Navy and our nation," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Scott R. Van Buskirk. "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."
The Navy will select up to five active duty and full-time support Sailors to enroll in the program.
Applicants must be an E-6 or above, possess a bachelor of science degree in a relevant technical field, hold or be eligible for a TS/SCI security clearance, and be eligible for CONUS/shore assignment between April and December 2012. NAVADMIN 117/12 outlines full eligibility criteria.
Additionally, Sailors selected for the program will incur a five-year active service obligation upon enrollment. After completion of their degree, Sailors will be assigned based on the needs of the Navy, with priority given to the National Security Agency, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/10th Fleet, Navy Information Operations Command, and Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command.
Sailors interested in applying for this degree program should forward a written request via their commanding officer by May 15. Additionally, Sailors must be conditionally accepted by NPS in order to be eligible. Detailed application instructions are contained in the NAVADMIN.
Naval Postgraduate School education opportunities support the personal and professional growth of Sailors making them invaluable assets to the Navy. It's an important part of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative which consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.
For general information about NPS, visit www.nps.edu. For more information and to read the NAVADMIN, visit www.npc.navy.mil.