MILPER Number: 17-256





Call for Applicants for the Computer Network Operations Development Program (CNODP) Class of 2021




1.  This message will expire on 31 December 2017.

2.  This is a call for the Computer Network Operations Development Program (CNODP) class of 2021.  This is an opportunity for a select group of highly technically inclined individuals to further develop their skills in the areas of secure system design, vulnerability analysis, computer network defense (CND), and computer network exploitation (CNE).  The goal of the program is to develop a cadre of technical leaders who will improve the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Military Service’s CNO capabilities.  The CNODP is comprised of the System and Network Interdisciplinary Program (SNIP), the Global Network Exploitation and Vulnerability Analyst (GNEVA) Development Program (GDP), and the Joint Cyber Development Program (JCDP).

3.  The expected start date for the next class is July 2018, and interns will be assigned to Fort Meade, Maryland.  The program is a technically demanding three-year tour and is followed by a three-year utilization tour upon graduation which best utilizes the graduate’s expertise.  The first three months of the program (July through September 2018) are mandatory core training.  Non-emergency leave is highly discouraged during these three months.  The report NLT date will be 23 April 2018 to allow sufficient time for in-processing, orientation, and security clearance verification.  All candidates must have a full Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance and current Counter-Intelligence (CI) polygraph before starting the program.

4.  The CNODP candidates should possess the following desired qualifications:

a.  Bachelor’s degree plus advanced courses or equivalent experience in the areas of Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, or Applied Mathematics.

b.  Exceptional academic performance and professional accomplishments are required; as well as demonstrated interest in and ability to perform in technical hands-on oriented work.

c.  Well-developed oral and written communication skills.

d.  Working knowledge in one or more telecommunications or computer network disciplines (Computer Hardware, Software, or Networks).

e.  All Army Competitive Areas of Concentration (AOC),  Operations, Operational Support and Force Sustainment Military Occupational Skills (MOS) are eligible to apply.  Ranks eligible to apply are:  Officers in the grades of O4 and below; well qualified enlisted of all grades; and all warrant officer grades.  All ranks will be given equal consideration.

f.  Previous assignments should include experience in Telecommunications Operations, Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Operations, Cyberspace Operations, SIGINT Collection Operations, Information Security (INFOSEC)/Information Assurance, or Research and Development.

g.  Demonstrated computer programming skills in C or C++.  Python and some assembly are desired.

h.  Selected applicants must possess an adjudicated TS/SCI security clearance and current CI-polygraph before the class start date of 9 July 2018.

4.  There is an active duty service obligation of three (3) years upon graduation.

5.  Selection will be based on a thorough review of each application package and an interview with the National Security Agency (NSA) CNODP selection board.  The application package consists of the following:

a.  Applicant’s military service record to include:  Enlisted or Officer Record Brief, up to the last three Officer Evaluation Reports (OERs) or Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Reports (NCOERs), and school transcripts.

b.  Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s commanding officer.

c.  Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s supervisor, instructor, etc. attesting to the applicant’s technical skills and abilities.

d.  An optional letter of recommendation at the applicant’s discretion.

e.  A letter from the applicant (two pages or less) answering the following:

(1)  Goals:  Why do you think that CNODP is the right choice for you? What are your goals that you wish to accomplish in CNODP?

(2)  Programming:  What experience with programming languages do have have? List each programming language and your familiarity with it, how long you coded in it, and the year that you last coded in it.  Only include languages for which you have actually written (or substantially modified) code.  Include any and all:  assembly, hardware-based, high-level, and scripting languages.

(3)  Core Field Expertise:  Other than programming language expertise listed above, how does you expertise and training relate to the core fields (Hardware, Software, and Networks)?

(4)  Teaming:  Describe a positive teaming experience that you have had.  Describe your role on the team and how you contributed.  You may include experience from work or school.

(5)  Technical Experience:  Describe an unclassified project that best exemplifies your technical development activities and experiences.  Tell us the technical details of your contributions to that project, highlighting your strengths and weaknesses.  The project can be work, home, or school related.

(6)  Self-Directed:  Describe an example of a project where you worked by yourself with very little guidance; briefly describe what you accomplished, how you approached the problem, and how you liked/disliked working in that capacity.

6.  Army personnel should contact and send their applications to: NLT 25 September 2017.  The Army will forward its prioritized list of candidates and applications to the NSA CNODP selection board NLT 13 October 2017.  The Army POC for this matter is MAJ W. Michael Petullo at (443) 479-0378, or

7.  Applicants will be notified NLT 13 October 2017 whether their application will be forwarded to the NSA selection board.  NLT 1 February 2018 individuals will be notified of whether they will receive an interview by the NSA selection board.  Individuals whose applications are selected will participate in the interview by the selection board in the November 2017 to January 2018 time frame.  Video teleconferencing will be utilized wherever possible.  Notification of acceptance into CNODP class of 2021 will be made in the March 2018 time frame.

8.  The Army Cyber Proponent POC for this message is Mr. Andre Golden at the U.S. Army Cyber School, Office Chief of Cyber, Officer Force Integration Specialist (ATSR-POO), at (706) 791-4406, or