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ARCYBER has authorized seats for up to six (6) individuals (from either ROTC or West Point) that are commissioning as cyber officers in May/June 2023 to be part of this pilot program. Selected officers will PCS to Fort Gordon, GA in Summer 2023 to begin the first training phase of the operator pipeline–Computer Network Operations Qualification Course (CNOQC). CNOQC will test the selected officers’ foundations in networking concepts, operating systems knowledge (e.g., Windows, Unix, etc.), and multiple security concepts. The training is technically challenging and comprehensive, with multiple comprehensive examinations throughout the course. This training culminates with high-stakes examinations in these topics.

Upon completing CNOQC, the selected 2LTs will enroll in Cyber BOLC (class starting January 2025). Where possible during BOLC, these officers may be able to test out of technical portions and instead conduct on-the-job training (OJT) as apprentice operators on real-world missions. Following their BOLC graduation, these 2LTs will be assigned to a team in the 780th MI BDE (Cyber) in direct support of the Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF). What a great way to start an amazing career!

With only 6 seats in this pilot program, a detailed selection process will occur to find the best and brightest - not only the individuals with a solid technical foundation but also the individuals with the right attitude for the operator work role. The selection process includes an application, technical interview, and a capture-the-flag-style Operator Assessment.

Operator Assessment

The first part of the application process includes a 4-hour assessment that you will take on your own. The assessment is web-based and includes browser-based access to a virtual machine that can be used for the entire assessment. Candidates will need a computer workstation with a modern browser and an internet connection but require no additional resources. You are encouraged to complete this assessment during your academic holiday break.

To take the assessment, interested applicants should contact the ACI CNOQC team at the contact email listed on the bottom of this page. You will receive an email with further instructions to take the assessment.


For those cadets interested in this challenging, yet rewarding opportunity, below is an approximate timeline of events such as informational talks and deadlines. You are strongly encouraged to start as soon as possible. If you are interested but have already missed a deadline, please reach out instead of self-selecting out of the process.

Approximate Timeline of CNOQC Milestones
November/December 2023 Army ROTC Senior and West Point First class cadets find out their commissioning branch
11 & 22 December 2023 CTF 101 Discussion (online) to discuss the assessment process and how to prepare
December 2023 Applicants take the Operator Assessment Capture the Flag (CTF)
NLT 07 January 2024 Applicants complete OA CTF and Submit Packet
NLT 15 January 2024 Cadets are enrolled to take the NSA's CNAB (Computer Network Assessment Battery). This exam can be scheduled at any Pearson Vue Testing Center.
Early March 2024 Cadets are notified of their selection for the pilot
March – May 2024 Various mentorship activities will be scheduled for the selected cadets, including, but not limited to: additional educational assistance with weakest technical pillars, time with current operators, etc.
Late May – June 2024 Graduation and Commissioning
July 2024 Arrival at Fort Eisenhower, GA
July/August 2024 CNOQC Start
January 2025 Cyber BOLC Start

The key events in the selection process include:
Take Operator Assessment CTFComplete Application PacketTake CNABAwait Results

Follow this LINK to access the application packet.

For more information on the program or to submit your application, please contact