Friday, March 14, 2014

ENLISTED CYBER MASTER'S DEGREE OPPORTUNITY AT NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL


CTNs and ITs ... What an awesome opportunity!

Below, you will find a highlighted copy of the recent NAVADMIN (057/14) advertising a 12-month Master of Science in Applied Cyber Operations to CTNs and ITs, E6 or above.

Higher education is something our Information Dominance Corps (rightfully) pushes heavily.  We work in very technical fields that demand not only the brightest individuals, but also academics.  This is a good thing.  In this push to "increase the Navy's cyber capabilities, while building a professional cyber workforce," your Navy and cyber experience mixed with focused studies in a formal masters program at a quality school has the potential for great results, for the Navy and for you both professionally and personally.

The Officer ranks have been taking advantage of graduate education for some time and I am very excited to see the emphasis pushed to Chiefs and First Classes.

I hope all qualified and interested Sailors take advantage of this opportunity!

Last years selectees were announced in NAVADMIN 186/13 which you can find here.

SUBJ/ENLISTED CYBER MASTER'S DEGREE OPPORTUNITY AT NAVAL POSTGRADUATE
SCHOOL//
REF/A/DOC/OPNAV/30JAN07//
AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1160.8A, SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUS (SRB)
PROGRAM.//
RMKS/1.  THIS NAVADMIN SOLICITS ENLISTED MEMBER APPLICATIONS FOR
ENROLLMENT IN THE NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL'S (NPS) 12-MONTH MASTER
OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED CYBER OPERATIONS
.  THIS PROGRAM IS ONE OF MANY
EFFORTS TO INCREASE THE NAVY'S CYBER CAPABILITIES, WHILE BUILDING A
PROFESSIONAL CYBER WORKFORCE.  SELECTEES WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
ENHANCE THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS THROUGH THEIR
BACKGROUND WITH REAL WORLD NETWORK EXPERIENCES IN THE OPERATIONAL
ENVIRONMENT.
2.  SELECTEES WILL BE ASSIGNED TO NAVY-FUNDED EDUCATION AS FULL-TIME
STUDENTS UNDER PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS TO MONTEREY, CA

WITH EITHER A SEPTEMBER 2014 OR MARCH 2015 START.  AS FULL-TIME
STUDENTS, SAILORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO CARRY A FULL ACADEMIC LOAD
YEAR-ROUND.  DEGREE REQUIREMENTS SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN 12 MONTHS
AND WILL INCLUDE A CAPSTONE PROJECT.
3.  THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO ACTIVE-DUTY AND FULL-TIME
SUPPORT
MEMBERS IN THE INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN (IT) AND
CRYPTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN NETWORKS (CTN) RATINGS WHO MEET THE FOLLOWING
CRITERIA:
    A.  MUST POSSESS A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN A RELEVANT
TECHNICAL FIELD
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COMPUTER SCIENCE,
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, AND INFORMATION OR ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY.
THE DEGREE MUST HAVE BEEN AWARDED BY AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING
ACCREDITED BY A REGIONAL ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE U.S.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.  TO MEET NPS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS,
PERFORMANCE IN TECHNICAL COURSES, INCLUDING MATHEMATICS, MUST BE HIGH.
THE ACADEMIC PROFILE CODE (APC) FOR THIS PROGRAM IS 344 (MINIMUM 2.20
GPA, CALCULUS FOR BUSINESS/SOCIAL SCIENCES WITH A GRADE OF C OR
BETTER, AND ONE CALCULUS BASED PHYSICS COURSE WITH A MINIMUM GRADE OF
C).  PLEASE REFER TO THE NPS ACADEMIC CATALOG FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION
ON CALCULATING THE APC.
    B.  MUST BE AN E6 OR ABOVE ELIGIBLE FOR CONUS/SHORE ASSIGNMENT
BETWEEN APRIL AND DECEMBER 2014 FOR THE SEPTEMBER 2014 START OR
BETWEEN OCTOBER 2014 AND JUNE 2015 FOR THE MARCH 2015 START.
    C.  MUST BE ELIGIBLE TO INCUR A FIVE-YEAR ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICE
OBLIGATION
BY REENLISTMENT OR EXTENSION OF ENLISTMENT PRIOR TO NPS
ENROLLMENT.  SELECTEES WILL BE REQUIRED TO REENLIST MORE THAN ONE YEAR
EARLIER IF THEY ARE UNABLE TO SATISFY THE FIVE-YEAR OBLIGATED SERVICE
REQUIREMENT WITH AN AGGREGATE OF 48 OR FEWER MONTHS OF EXTENSIONS.
AN EXTENSION WILL BECOME BINDING UPON ENROLLMENT AT NPS.  PER REF
(A), PAYMENT OF THE SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUS (SRB) IS NOT
AUTHORIZED FOR SELECTEES WHO REENLIST FOR THE PURPOSE OF MEETING THE
OBLIGATED SERVICE REQUIREMENT.
    D.  MUST BE WITHIN PFA STANDARDS WITH NO PFA FAILURES WITHIN THE
LAST THREE YEARS.
    E.  MUST HAVE NO EVALUATION MARKS BELOW 3.0 WITHIN THE LAST FIVE
YEARS.
    F.  MUST HOLD OR BE ELIGIBLE FOR A TOP SECRET (TS)/ SENSITIVE
COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION (SCI) CLEARANCE.  APPLICANTS WITHOUT A
CURRENT TS/SCI CLEARANCE ARE STILL ENCOURAGED TO APPLY, BUT SHOULD
WORK WITH THEIR SPECIAL SECURITY OFFICE TO INITIATE THE CLEARANCE
REQUEST.  ORDERS TO NPS WILL NOT BE ISSUED UNTIL TS/SCI CLEARANCE IS
FINALIZED.
    G.  MUST POSSESS A CONDITIONAL LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE.  TO OBTAIN A
CONDITIONAL LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE, SAILORS SHOULD APPLY TO NPS AT
HTTP://WWW.NPS.EDU/ACADEMICS/ADMISSIONS/APPLYONLINE/APPLYNOW.HTML.

ONCE REGISTERED, SAILORS SHOULD SELECT APPLIED CYBER OPERATIONS,
CURRICULUM NUMBER 336.  UPON APPLICATION SUBMISSION, SAILORS MUST
ARRANGE FOR SUBMISSION OF A SEALED OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT TO THE NPS
ADMISSIONS OFFICE FROM EACH INSTITUTION ATTENDED FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE
AND GRADUATE EDUCATION, AS WELL AS ALL SAILOR/MARINE AMERICAN COUNCIL
ON EDUCATION REGISTRY TRANSCRIPTS OR JOINT SERVICES TRANSCRIPTS (JST).
SAILORS WHO ARE NOT CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED WILL BE NOTIFIED BY NPS
VIA E-MAIL.
4.  UPON SELECTION, MEMBER MUST REQUEST (VIA COMMAND CAREER COUNSELOR)
AN IN-RATE QUOTA IN THE CAREER WAYPOINTS (CWAY) SYSTEM.  THOSE
MEMBERS NOT IN THEIR CWAY WINDOW SHOULD SUBMIT A "SPECIAL
CIRCUMSTANCE" APPLICATION INDICATING REASON CODE OF "OTHER" AND THE
CAREER COUNSELOR WILL BE PROMPTED TO ADD A NOTE INDICATING SELECTION
TO THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED CYBER OPERATIONS PROGRAM.  IF
SELECTED VIA "SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE" APPLICATION, THIS PROGRAM DOES
NOT GUARANTEE AWARDING OF AN IN-RATE CWAY QUOTA AND IS NOT CONSIDERED
PART OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S PERFORMANCE INDICATOR IN THE CWAY PROCESS.
5.  PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS SHOULD CONTACT THEIR DETAILERS IMMEDIATELY
TO DISCUSS IMPLICATIONS FOR THEIR CURRENT ASSIGNMENTS.  FAILURE TO DO
SO MAY RESULT IN THE WITHDRAWAL OF SELECTION.
6.  APPLICATIONS CAN BE SENT VIA ENCRYPTED E-MAIL TO
     MICHAEL.SAUNDERS(AT)NAVY.MIL OR MAILED TO:
     DEPUTY CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS
     (INFORMATION DOMINANCE/DIRECTOR OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE) (N2/N6)
     2000 NAVY PENTAGON
     WASHINGTON, DC 20350-2000
7.  ELIGIBLE SAILORS SHOULD FORWARD A WRITTEN REQUEST VIA THEIR
COMMANDING OFFICER
, USING THE FORMAT BELOW NLT 19 APRIL 2014:
    FROM:  (RATE, FULL NAME, LAST 4 DIGITS OF SSN)
    TO:    DEPUTY CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS
           (INFORMATION DOMINANCE/DIRECTOR OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE)
           (N2/N6)
    VIA:   COMMANDING OFFICER
    SUBJ:  APPLICATION FOR ENLISTED CYBER MASTER'S DEGREE OPPORTUNITY
           AT THE NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL (NPS)
    REF:   (A) CITE THIS NAVADMIN
    ENCL:  (1) COPIES OF ALL UNDERGRADUATE TRANSCRIPTS
           (2) CERTIFIED COPIES OF THE LAST FOUR PERFORMANCE
               EVALUATIONS
           (3) COMMAND FINANCIAL SCREENING FOR ASSIGNMENT TO A HIGH
               COST OF LIVING AREA WITHOUT BARRACKS OR DEDICATED
               HOUSING FOR BACHELORS OR GEOGRAPHIC BACHELORS
           (4) MEMBER'S SINGLE PAGE STATEMENT OF PREPAREDNESS AND
               MOTIVATION TO EARN A MASTER'S DEGREE, AND FUTURE GOALS
           (5) NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL CONDITIONAL LETTER OF
               ACCEPTANCE
    1.  I REQUEST SELECTION TO EARN A MASTER OF SCIENCE IN APPLIED
CYBER OPERATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2014 (OR MARCH 2015) START:
        I MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIED IN REFERENCE
(A).  ENCLOSURES (1) THROUGH (5) ARE SUBMITTED TO SUPPORT MY REQUEST.
    2.  I UNDERSTAND IF SELECTED FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, I SHALL INCUR
A FIVE-YEAR ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICE OBLIGATION UPON ENROLLMENT AT NPS.
        IF I FAIL TO COMPLETE THE REQUIRED SERVICE (VOLUNTARILY OR
DUE TO MISCONDUCT), I AGREE TO REIMBURSE THE U.S. FOR THE COST OF
THE GRADUATE EDUCATION RECEIVED PRORATED FOR THE OBLIGATED TIME
SERVED.
    3.  UPON COMPLETION OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, I UNDERSTAND I WILL
BE ASSIGNED BASED UPON THE NEEDS OF THE NAVY.  PRIORITY WILL BE
GIVEN TO CYBER TECHNICAL AND OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AT THE
NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY, U.S. FLEET CYBER COMMAND/TENTH FLEET, NAVY
INFORMATION OPERATIONS COMMAND, AND NAVY CYBER DEFENSE OPERATIONS
COMMAND.
    4.  I CAN BE CONTACTED AT (PROVIDE PHONE, E-MAIL AND MAILING
ADDRESS).
8.  COMMANDING OFFICER'S ENDORSEMENT SHOULD ADDRESS MEMBER'S
PREPAREDNESS FOR THIS SIGNIFICANT ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITY, ABILITY TO
WORK INDEPENDENTLY, COMMUNICATION SKILLS, POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED
RESPONSIBILITIES AND ANY SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS.
9.  PRIOR APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS TO THIS PROGRAM DO NOT DISQUALIFY
A SAILOR FROM APPLYING.  HOWEVER, APPLICANTS WHO DID NOT RECEIVE
CONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE FROM NPS AND HAVE NO ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC
QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD NOT APPLY AGAIN AS THE ACADEMIC STANDARDS
HAVE NOT CHANGED.
10.  SELECTION RESULTS WILL BE DISSEMINATED VIA NAVADMIN.  DUE TO
THE HIGHLY COMPETITIVE NATURE OF THIS PROGRAM, NOTIFICATION OF
SELECTION VIA NAVADMIN IS A BINDING COMMITMENT THAT SELECTEES MUST
ACCEPT OR RESCIND WITHIN FIVE WORKING DAYS FOLLOWING RELEASE OF THE
MESSAGE.
11.  GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT NPS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.NPS.EDU.
12.  POINT OF CONTACT IS MR. MICHAEL SAUNDERS AT (703) 604-6292/DSN
664 OR VIA E-MAIL AT MICHAEL.SAUNDERS(AT)NAVY.MIL.
13.  THIS MESSAGE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL SUPERSEDED OR 30
JUNE 2015, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST.
14. RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL W. F. MORAN, N1.//

References
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