MILPER Number: 17-260
Fiscal Year (FY) 18 Cyber Branch Transfer Eligibility Panel for United States Army Reserve (USAR) Officers/Warrant Officers and Army National Guard (ARNG) Officers
B. AR 621-1 (Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions), 28 Aug 07.
C. DA PAM 611-21 (Military Occupational Classification and Structure), 22 Jan 07 (RAR 26 Apr 12).
D. AR 600-20 (Army Command Policy), 6 Nov 14.
E. AR 350-1 (Army Training and leader Development), 19 Aug 14.
F. National Guard Regulation (NGR) 600-100 (Officer Federal Recognition and Related Personnel Actions), 15 Apr 94.
G. DA PAM 600-3 (Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management), 26 Jun 17.
1. This message is effective upon release and will expire not later than 1 Jul 18.
2. This message provides procedural guidance for Officers and Warrant Officers to apply for a Branch Transfer at the FY18 17A/170A Cyber Branch Transfer Eligibility Panels. This message applies to USAR Officers and Warrant Officers assigned to Troop Program Units, and to ARNG Officers. This message does not apply to USAR Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Officers, Warrant Officers, ARNG Warrant Officers or Soldiers serving in the Active Component.
3. The Office Chief of Cyber is accepting applications from Officers and Warrant Officers that desire branch transfer. The application timelines for the voluntary branch transfer panels:
a. 17A/170A Cyber Branch Transfer Eligibility Panel #1
(1) 28 Aug 17 – 30 Oct 17: window to submit applications.
(2) 14 – 17 Nov 17: panel convenes.
(3) 8 Dec 17: results released (approximately).
b. 17A/170A Cyber Branch Transfer Eligibility Panel #2
(1) 8 Jan 18 – 15 Mar 18: window to submit applications.
(2) 9 – 13 Apr 18: panel convenes.
(3) 4 May 18: results released (approximately).
c. 17A/170A Cyber Branch Transfer Eligibility Panel #3
(1) 4 Jun 18 – 24 Aug 18: window to submit applications.
(2) 10-14 Sep 18: panel convenes.
(3) 5 Oct 18: results released (approximately).
4. Eligibility: To participate in the 17A/170A Cyber Branch Transfer Eligibility Panel applicants must meet the following criteria:
a. Must be a U.S. Citizen.
b. Must be either a USAR Officer or Warrant Officer currently serving in a Troop Program Unit or an Officer currently serving in the ARNG. Active Component, USAR AGR Officers/Warrant Officers are not eligible for this program. Officers/Warrant Officers assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve must contact Human Resource Command for branch transfer options.
c. Must be either an Officer in the grade of Second Lieutenant (2LT) – Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) or a Warrant Officer in the grade of Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2) – Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4).
d. Must meet the physical demand standards per AR 40-501, Chapter 2 and DA PAM 611-21.
e. Requests for waivers must be included in the application packet.
5. Officers/Warrant Officers who are not eligible include:
a. Officers/Warrant Officers controlled by the Judge Adjutant General’s Corps, Chaplain Corps, AMEDD, or Medical Service Corps are not eligible for this program. Officers in these categories should contact their respective Assignment Officer for information regarding the branch transfer process.
b. Officers/Warrant Officers who have received or are pending an unfavorable action are not eligible for this program. Unfavorable actions include, but are not limited to the following: receiving or having been found guilty under any form of Uniform Code Military Justice as an Officer/Warrant Officer, receiving a General Officer letter or memorandum of reprimand, being selected for a separation board, or failing to meet Army Physical Fitness or Army Body Composition Standards in accordance with AR 600-9.
c. Officers/Warrant Officers who have received a Referred Officer Evaluation Report (OER) or Referred Academic Evaluation Report (AER) are ineligible.
d. Commissioned Officers who are within a three year window of their Mandatory Removal Date are ineligible. Warrant Officers who have reached age 57, or are within three years of their MRD at the time of application, must agree to submit for an MRD extension if selected.
6. Applicants requesting transfer to the Cyber Branch must adhere to the following qualifications:
a. Must obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET (TS) clearance. A favorable special background investigation (SBI) with eligibility for access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI) is required. Selectees must initiate procedures to obtain the proper level of clearance immediately upon initial notification of eligibility for the AOC 17A/MOS 170A designation.
b. Must be able to successfully pass a counter-intelligence (CI) scope polygraph based on specific unit assignment requirements.
c. Cyber community of interest training and experience should be documented as part of the Cyber questionnaire and should include specific work role qualification, a description of cyber work utilization, and certification records. Cyber experience, by itself, is helpful but not required. Programming and software development experience are not required, but are preferred and should be specifically highlighted in the Cyber questionnaire. The Cyber questionnaire is located at https://cyberschool.army.mil.
d. Preferred degrees include at a minimum a bachelor’s of science or higher degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, information technology, information systems, information assurance, cybersecurity, or mathematics.
e. The panel will consider the applicant’s strengths in the following three areas: high-end technical expertise and/or significant cyber-related accomplishments; significant operational leadership or experience, preferably with some technical linkage; and unique experience derived from diverse backgrounds or educational paths indicative of creativity, intellectual curiosity, problem solving, and/or academic excellence. Common to all grades is a deep interest in and passion for the cyber domain, propensity for self-development and improvement, and proven ability to work as a contributing member of a team, as a team leader or a team member.
7. Application procedures: The guidelines for all applicants are listed at these CAC enabled sites: https://train.gordon.army.mil/webapps/cyberschool/careers/17a/ and https://train.gordon.army.mil/webapps/cyberschool/careers/170a/. Letters to the president of the panel can be included if needed to address concerns within the application.
a. Applicants should read DA PAM 611-21 (draft) (https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/smartbookdapam611-21) and DA PAM 600-3 (https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-378706) to ensure they understand the criteria and qualifications for the Cyber branch.
b. Applicants must submit their packets in one single file Adobe .pdf document. Submissions must be in the order of the checklist provided on https://cyberschool.army.mil under the respective Careers tab. Applications will not be accepted in any other format. Each applicant will submit the below documents in the following order:
(1) Officers/Warrant Officers electing to participate in the branch transfer panel must electronically submit a signed (block 9) DA FORM 4187 and a Memorandum for Record (MFR) stating reason for request. ARNG Officers electing to participate must submit a branch transfer request in accordance with (IAW) NGR 600-100, and all documents listed in the application instructions on https://cyberschool.army.mil under the respective Careers tab.
(2) DA FORM 4187 must be signed by the Officer/Warrant Officer requesting the transfer. There is no requirement for the DA FORM 4187 to be signed by anyone in the chain of command.
(3) Letters of recommendation from the Chain of Command (O-5 or above). This is a recommendation, not a requirement.
(4) A fully completed Cyber questionnaire, version 2, dated May 2016. Applicants should use the Cyber questionnaire to demonstrate their technical knowledge, understanding of the career field, and familiarity with the Cyberspace domain.
(5) Officers/Warrant Officers must include an updated Officer Record Brief (ORB). Applicants should also include a civilian or DoD resume with any pertinent Cyber/IT related background not found on the Officer’s Officer Record Brief (ORB).
(6) Current DA photo.
(7) Applicants must submit the last three evaluation reports. If an applicant does not have a minimum of three OERs, they should submit a letter to the panel with an explanation, if applicable. Failure to submit these documents is likely to result in non-selection.
(8) Security Clearance Verification (Memo from Security Manager; must include Investigation Type, Investigation Date, Code, and Clearance Date).
(9) Proof of highest Civilian Education (Diploma and Transcript).
(10) Officers/Warrant Officers with a P2 OR P3 profile must submit a copy of their DA FORM 3349 or MMRB/MEB/MAR2 documentation as part of their packet demonstrating they are eligible to deploy world-wide. Officers/Warrant Officers that are not world-wide deployable should include a request for a waiver, endorsed by their commander.
(11) Additional letters of recommendation, no more than three. This is a recommendation, not a requirement.
(12) Include copies of any relevant industry certifications that support the request.
(13) Email and submit all applications to:
c. ARNG Officers: States JFHQ POC will email email@example.com. ARNG-CY will receive, consolidate and forward complete packets to the Cyber Branch Proponent for adjudication.
d. USAR Officers/Warrant Officers: Commands will email completed packets to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Applicants will receive an eligibility status in one of the following based on a performance and technical review of their application:
a. Eligible for branch transfer. Officers/Warrant Officers must initiate procedures to obtain a TS/SCI clearance immediately upon notification of AOC 17A/MOS 170A designation; must obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET (TS) clearance. A favorable special background investigation (SBI) with eligibility for access to sensitive compartmented information (SCI) is required.
b. Eligible for branch transfer with additional caveats. The panel results will state the required administrative or training requirement needed to obtain the Cyber Branch designation. Once the applicant meets the stated caveats, which may include an individual training plan, the applicant must re-submit a new signed DA Form 4187, the original qualification memo, and proof of training or certification that meet the stated caveats. If all caveats have been met, the Office Chief of Cyber will generate a new eligibility status memo stating the applicant is eligible to be awarded the 17A AOC.
c. Not eligible. Commands will process the documentation through appropriate channels for the award of AOC 17A/MOS 170A. Applicants who are unable to complete the required training or obtain the appropriate clearance will be involuntarily returned to their previous branch.
9. Officers/Warrant Officers approved for transfer will:
a. Receive a memorandum of selection from the Office Chief of Cyber outlining the transfer eligibility determination and requirements.
b. Be considered for immediate assignment into a unit that has a corresponding Cyber (17A/170A) billet.
c. Have the option to accept or decline their transfer. Officers/Warrant Officers electing to decline transfer will remain in their current branch and must wait one year before submitting another request.
d. Be required to accept or decline their transfer by replying through their command NLT 30 working days from notification.
e. May be required to attend Cyber Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC), Cyber Captain’s Career Course (CCC), Cyber Operations Officer Course (CyOOC), or the Warrant Officer Advanced Course at Ft Gordon, GA. Officers/Warrant Officers can submit requests for constructive credit after receiving notification of eligibility for transfer. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
(1) Officers in the ranks of LTC to COL will not be required to attend any additional training in order to transition to AOC 17A.
(2) To be awarded AOC 17A, LTs through MAJ must successfully complete the CyOOC at the U.S. Army Cyber School, U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence, Fort Gordon, GA. LTs and CPTs must also complete Military Education Level (MEL) 6 (CCC) prior to transfer or complete the Cyber Captains Career Course (CyCCC) subsequent to CyOOC graduation.
(3) Warrant Officers in the ranks of CW4-CW5 will not be required to attend training in order to become a 170A.
(4) Officers/Warrant Officers who require training but are unable to complete the required training within 24 months of accepting the transfer will be involuntarily removed from the eligibility rosters.
10. Address questions or concerns about the Cyber Branch transfer process to the following points of contact:
a. Officer Branch Transfers (ARNG-CY): CPT Michele Spangler, email@example.com, (703) 607-5298.
b. The Office Chief of Cyber, Reserve Component Division (ATSR-PO): LTC Montrese Love, firstname.lastname@example.org, (706) 791-8902.