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CHIPS Articles: Marine Corps Establishes Volunteer Cyber Auxiliary to Increase Cyberspace Readiness

Marine Corps Establishes Volunteer Cyber Auxiliary to Increase Cyberspace Readiness
By Headquarters Marine Corps Maj. Sharon Sisbarro - April-June 2019
Washington, D.C. -- The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, announced last month the establishment of the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary (Cyber Aux), a volunteer organization aimed at increasing Marine Corps cyberspace readiness. The Cyber Aux is comprised of a small cadre of highly-talented cyber experts who train, educate, advise, and mentor Marines to keep pace with constantly-evolving cyber challenges.

The Cyber Aux assists in simulated environments and during periods of instruction, but are not authorized to execute hands-on cyber activities. Qualified volunteers must be US citizens with advanced cyber experience and will be screened and assessed before assignment to a specified unit or project. Cyber Aux members do not wear a uniform nor need to meet the Marine Corps physical fitness and grooming standards.

The Cyber Aux is part of the larger Marine Corps effort to better posture forces to conduct Operations in the Information Environment and is managed by the Deputy Commandant for Information, Lt. Gen. Lori E. Reynolds.

This is all the information currently available for release at this time. In the near future there will be opportunities for media to engage with Marine Corps leadership to learn more about plans for the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary. If you are interested in participating, please email CyberAux@usmc.mil.

Highly qualified talent should email CyberAux@usmc.mil for more information or to begin volunteering with the Marines.

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