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The Goal of the Cyber Leader Development Program is to create a framework for cyber enrichment and extracurricular opportunities to holistically develop, grow, and inspire emerging Army leaders to succeed in the technical domain of cyberspace. This program is not specific to the Cyber Branch as it helps the Army grow capacity in all branches and will assist with building cyber leaders for the Nation.

CLDP is a response to the Army's need to recognize and identify junior officers with an academic background applicable to Cyberspace.

The CLDP prescribes a framework of cyber-related activities, outside the traditional classroom environment, and recognizes Cadets with the C1 Skill Identifier upon completion of the program.

Cadets with the following academic backgrounds are encouraged to join CLDP.

  • Cyber-related Major or Minor in the following disciplines:
    • Computer Science
    • Information Technology
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Math
    • Cybersecurity

  • Otherwise five or more courses in the following topics:
    • Computer Programming
    • Computer Networking
    • Cryptography
    • Discrete Mathematics
    • Cybersecurity

Cadets majoring in disciplines other than those listed above should seek out a mentor to see if they are eligible to earn the identifier without significant change to their academic plans.

Other program requirements for CLDP include:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen – with eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance
  • Participation in a cyber-related internship lasting three weeks or more
  • Participation in a Cybersecurity club or study group for two academic years
  • Attendance at a Cybersecurity training event or conference
  • Participation in a significant Cybersecurity project or capstone

Cadets who have completed the CLDP program must submit an ASI request packet to the Army Cyber Institute.  The completed packet must contain all documents noted on the Packet Checklist.  Once verified for completeness, the packet will be approved by the Director of the ACI and returned to the Cadet with a certificate indicating the award of the C1 ASI.


DA4187 Completed Endorsement Memo ASI Request Worksheet
  • Block 9 - Signed by Cadet
  • Block 13 - Signed by PMS (ROTC) / CRC (USMA)
  • Signed by PMS (ROTC) / Mentor (USMA)

  • Block 20.B - Signed by Cadet
  • Block 20.D - Signed by PMS (ROTC) / CRC (USMA)

*The Cadet progress chart is not required for packet submission.  It is intended as a tool for tracking progress throughout the program, and to support the creation of the Cadet’s endorsement memo.

Completed packets should be submitted to packet.cldp@westpoint.edu for review and approval NLT 45 days prior to graduation.


Mentorship is a core component of the CLDP program.  Due to differences in faculty availability the process is organized differently for USMA and ROTC Cadets.


Cadets can enroll in the program with ease and minimal oversight from their Professor of Military Science. Join the appropriate community, download the progress chart, and begin working toward the program’s requirements.

Cadets should expect that the required cyber-related activities will span at least two academic years. Due to this lengthy timeline, Professors of Military Science should encourage Cadets who show interest in the Cyberspace domain to join CLDP as early as possible within their academic careers.