Warrant Officer Prerequisites and Duty Description

170A - Cyber Warfare Technician



Performs as the Subject Matter Expert and advisor to the Commander and staff regarding the employment of offensive and defensive cyber operations assets and personnel. Directs, plans, administers, manages, integrates, and assesses cyberspace operations. Develops policy recommendations and provides technical guidance regarding the operation and management of Army, Joint, intergovernmental, interagency, and multi-national cyberspace assets and personnel. Integrates cyberspace effects into warfighting functions in an effort to optimize combat effectiveness. Protects the Department of Defense Information Network against foreign and domestic threat vectors in order to maintain network integrity and functionality. Leads, trains, and mentors Cyber personnel through individual and group instruction, as well as the establishment, direction, and evaluation of Standard Operating Procedures and Job Qualification Standards

***Applicants must meet all Administrative Requirements to become a Warrant Officer.***

Minimum Prerequisites (all general prerequisites apply):

  • Be a SGT (E5) or above. (NO WAIVERS)
  • BLC Graduate. (NO WAIVERS)
  • Hold a DoD 8570.1M IAT II / IAM Level II (SEC+; CASP; or CISSP) or certificate of completion from equivalent training such as JCAC/COTC/BRIGHTON/TOUCHSTONE. (NO WAIVERS)
  • Currently hold an adjudicated TS/SCI security clearance. Failure to retain an adjudicated TS/SCI clearance by precludes you from attending WOBC and holding the MOS 170A. (NO Active Duty WAIVERS).  Compos 2 and 3 must have a TOP SECRET clearance prior to attendance of the 170A qualification course.
  • Three years of documented practical cyber-related experience in a Cyber Mission Force certified work role, Cyber Security/Computer Network Defense (CS/CND), or equivalent experience (training time not included). Examples of equivalent experience include protocol analysis, Windows/*Nix Scripting, digital forensics, etc.  In some instances, practical experience acquired from civilian employment may be acceptable provided the experience can be documented by employee evaluations or performance appraisals and determined to be equivalent to military experience.
  • A minimum of 36 months of rated time documented in NCOERs.  This is the minimum prerequisite; all NCOERs are required for consideration.  ARNG and USAR applicants may request a waiver for NCOER time, but must provide civilian performance appraisals in conjunction with their NCOERs or in lieu of not having NCOERs. (NO Active Duty WAIVERS)
  • A letter of recommendation (LOR) from a senior 170A Warrant Officer (CW3-CW5) is required (NO WAIVERS). In the absence of an available senior 170A, a LOR from a senior warrant (CW3-CW5) within the applicant's current organization is required prior to an interview with a senior 170A. Contact the Cyber Proponent to set up an interview with a senior 170A - Cyber Operations Technician.
  • A minimum of six (6) semester hours of College Composition from an accredited institution, English 100 or higher, such as English Composition, Technical Writing, Business Writing, etc.  Speech and public speaking courses are not considered as meeting this requirement even if administered by the English department of an institution.  Successful completion of the CLEP College Composition examination in English (not Composition Modular) or an Associate's degree or higher are the only acceptable alternatives.  Transcripts comprised of only military training credit are not acceptable.  The Department of Education maintains a database of accredited postsecondary education institutions and programs at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/(NO WAIVERS)
  • A minimum of three semester hours of College Algebra or higher is the only accepted college course from an accredited academic institution.  Successful completion of the CLEP College Algebra examination or an Associate’s degree or higher are the only acceptable alternatives.  (NO WAIVERS)
  • Applicants with Reserve Component time must submit official documentation in order to properly compute the length of Active Federal Service. Documentation may be a DA Form 1506 (i.e., Statement of Service), an official memorandum (on unit letterhead) signed by the unit S1, or similar documentation (e.g., RPAM statement).
  • National Guard Applicants must include the current version of the Cyber Questionnaire.  Please contact the ARNG POC listed below to ensure you have the latest version (NO WAIVERS)


Preferred Prerequisites:

  • ALC Graduate
  • Hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

NOTE 1: Although not a requirement or prerequisite, technical certifications and National Cryptologic School credit also add great weight to the overall strength of the packet and should be cited in the resume and included in the packet. A few examples include: CASP, CEH, CISSP, CCNA, and MCSE.

NOTE 2: Applicants from other military services (Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy) who can substantiate their qualifications with performance evaluations, awards, and certificates are encouraged to apply for MOS 170A. Please contact the proponent POC below only for questions regarding any qualifications. Address all other inquiries to the Warrant Officer Recruiting Branch: wo-team@usarec.army.mil.

NOTE 3: Reserve Component Only: Waiver requests for SPC/E4s and/or for the minimum of three NCOER's will be considered on a case-by-case base. Such waivers will be considered if the candidate has documented comparable managerial or leadership experience in the government service and/or civilian sector.

NOTE 4: Any waiverable prerequisites not met will require a prerequisite waiver to be approved by Proponent. Be advised that submitting a prerequisite waiver does not constitute automatic approval.


Direct all warrant application inquiries to your Regional Warrant Officer Recruiter


Contact the proponent POC below for questions regarding Cyber prerequisite qualifications.


CW4 Brian D. Matthews

Warrant Officer Personnel Developer (Proponent)

Office Chief of Cyber

U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon

E-Mail: brian.d.matthews.mil@army.mil

COMM: (706) 791-4939

DSN: (312) 780-4939



Jaclyn D. Rivera

WO Force Integration Specialist

Office Chief of Cyber

U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon

E-Mail: jaclyn.d.rivera.civ@mail.mil

COMM: (706) 791-5147

DSN: (312) 780-5147



CW3 Walter Eis
ARNG Liaison to Cyber Proponent
Cyber Warrant Officer Career Program Manager
Office: (706) 791-3077




                                                                                         Last Updated: 2 June 2021