Cryptologic Warfare Officer Program
Officer Candidate indoctrination and training of college graduates for appointment as Special Duty Officer (Cryptologic Warfare) (CW). Unless explicitly stated, the provisions outlined in this Program Authorization (PA) will apply to both the Active Component (AC) and the Reserve Component (RC).
Program leads to a commission as an Ensign, U.S. Navy, Special Duty Officer (Cryptologic Warfare), designator 1810 for active duty, and designator 1815 for Reserve.
The Navy Cryptologic Warfare Officer Program is open to both men and women who are citizens of the United States. Waivers for the citizenship requirement will not be considered.
Active Component: Applicants must not have passed their 42nd birthday upon commissioning. This requirement cannot be waived.
Reserve Component: At least 18 years of age and of such age that applicant will not have passed 42nd birthday at the time of commissioning. Prior qualifying service will be considered for year-for-year credit up to age 50. Non-prior service personnel over 42 may be considered provided:
- (a) The applicant understands and acknowledges, by signing the Maximum Age Statement of Understanding, that he/she may not be able to serve long enough to obtain a retirement (regular or non-regular).
- (b) The community professional review board recommends the member for commissioning and will accept the applicant over the age requirement.
Minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required. Major fields of study directly related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are most strongly preferred but not required. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or greater is required.
Completion of calculus sequence (Calculus I and Calculus II) and calculus-based physics sequence with a C average or better is preferred but not required.
Officer Aptitude Rating (OAR) (AC Only): All applicants must take the OAR examination. Applicants must attain a score of 45 or greater, with 50 or higher preferred. This requirement may be waived by the CW OCM in coordination with Navy Recruiting Command.
Work and Leadership Experience
Prior military experience and/or significant civilian occupational experience in disciplines related to cyber security, electronic warfare, or signals intelligence is strongly desired.
- (a) Ideal enlisted candidates will be Cryptologic Technicians possessing one or more Navy Enlisted Classifications (NECs) related to cyber operations, electronic warfare and/or signals intelligence.
- (b) (RC Only): Temporary rated enlisted personnel shall complete initial training requirements and make their rate permanent prior to applying.
- (c) Military work experience shall be validated with submission of the applicant's three most recent observed enlisted performance evaluations, military training, and education completed.
- (d) Civilian work experience must be validated with curriculum vitae (CV) and a minimum of three references.
Leadership: A quantifiable record of leadership, management or supervisory experience in academia, civilian and/or military organizations is strongly preferred.
Applicants must be physically qualified in accordance with the physical standards established by the Manual of the Medical Department, Chapter 15. Candidates must meet the physical fitness weight and/or percentage of body fat standards at the time of application and at time of commissioning.
Selectees must complete the following:
- Officer Candidate School at Newport, RI.
- Information Warfare Basic Course (IDBC), 3 weeks in course length, in addition to Division Officer Leadership Course, 1 week in course length, at Center for Information Warfare Unit Hampton Roads (CIDUHR), Dam Neck, VA. Required for officers commissioning after August 2015.
- Cryptologic Warfare Basic Course (IWBC), eight weeks in course length, at CID Corry Station in Pensacola, FL. Information Warfare Option officers (1160/1810) will attend IWBC after redesignation to 1810.
- Information Warfare Officer Qualification Program within 18 months of reporting to initial Information Warfare assignment.
- Information Dominance Warfare Officer qualification (NAVEDTRA 43360) within 36 months of reporting to initial Information Warfare (non-training) assignment.
Selectees must complete the following:
- The two-week Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course, at Newport, RI., within one year of commissioning.
- Information Dominance Basic Course (IDBC), 3 weeks in course length, in addition to Division Officer Leadership Course, 1 week in course length, at Center for Information Dominance Unit Hampton Roads (CIDUHR), Dam Neck, VA. Required for officers commissioning after August 2015.
- Information warfare Basic Course (IWBC), eight weeks in course length, at CID Corry Station in Pensacola, FL., within 36 months as of the date of commissioning.
- Cryptologic Warfare Officer Qualification program within 36 months as of the date of direct commissioning or obtaining Top Secret/SCI clearance, whichever occurs later.
- Information Dominance Warfare Officer Qualification within 60 months as of the date of direct commissioning as an Information Dominance Corps officer.
- Direct Accession: Ensign, USN, Special Duty Officer (Cryptologic Warfare), designator 1810.
- Surface Warfare Officer (CW Option): Ensign, USN, Surface Warfare Officer Student, Designator 1160W, Additional Qualification Designator (AQD) "LOC". Officers will be redesignated to 1810 without board action per MILPERSMAN 1212-050.
- Ensign, USN, Special Duty Officer (Cryptologic Warfare), designator 1815.
Security Clearance Eligibility: Candidates must meet the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 704 eligibility standards for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).
- Applicants who are recommended for a commission into the active component are required to complete an initial suitability screening with the Fleet Cyber Command Security Directorate prior to final selection as an officer candidate. Applicants who are recommended for a commission into the reserve component are required to complete a pre-nomination interview with the local Special Security Officer (SS0) prior to final selection as an officer candidate.
- Being a dual citizen (i.e. a U.S. citizen and a citizen of another country) is not necessarily disqualifying. Associated risks to national security will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Interviews (RC only): Interviews will be conducted JAW CNIFRINST 1120.1 series.
- Applicants must submit a maximum of three or a minimum of two interviews conducted by IDC officers (04 and above), and at least one must be conducted by an Cryptologic Warfare Officer if 1815 is the applicant's first commissioning preference. NAVCRUIT 1131/5 Interviewer's Appraisal (preferably typed) will be used to record observations and evaluation of candidates. DCO Interview Appraisal Sheets will be forwarded to the IDC Region OIC.
- The IDC Region OIC shall conduct a personal interview (this should be separate from the IDC panel) and prepare an endorsement letter. The OIC will forward the OIC endorsement, pre-nomination interview, and the NAVCRUIT 1131/5 forms to the local recruiter for inclusion in the candidate's final package.
(AC Only) Civilians and Enlisted applicants in paygrades E-4 and below, who are selected for this program are designated Officer Candidates and advanced to paygrade E-5 upon reporting to Officer Candidate School. Enlisted applicants in paygrades E-5 and above are designated Officer Candidates in their present paygrades.
Officers must serve at least four years on active duty from date of appointment. The balance of service, sufficient to complete eight years total obligated service, may be served in a ready reserve status.
Surface Warfare Officer (CW Option): Upon redesignation to 1810, SWO (CW) officers incur an additional minimum service obligation in accordance with MILPERSMAN 1212-050 from date of designator change, to be served concurrently with any other obligations.
Officers incur a three (3) year Selected Reserve (SELRES) obligation followed by a five (5) year individual ready reserve (IRR) obligation for a total eight (8) year obligation. The obligation commences upon commissioning.
Pay and Allowances
Upon commencing OCS, Selectees will receive pay and benefits based on paygrade outlined in the paragraph above under the "Enlistment" header.