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 technical capabilities. Provides technical recommendations and guidance regarding the operation and management of Army, Joint, intergovernmental, interagency, and multi-national cyberspace assets, and personnel. Integrates cyberspace capabilities into warfighting functions to optimize combat effectiveness. Defends the Department of Defense Information Network against foreign and domestic threat vectors in order to maintain network integrity and functionality. Maneuvers through the Cyber Domain to impose costs on adversarial threats both Offensively and Defensively. Leads, trains, and mentors’ Cyber personnel through individual and group instruction, as well as the establishment, direction, and evaluation of Joint Qualification Requirements (JQRs), Joint Qualification Standards (JQSs), and Joint Cyberspace Training and Certification Standards (JCT&CS).
***Applicants must meet all Administrative Requirements to become a Warrant Officer.***
Minimum Prerequisites (all general prerequisites apply):
  • Applicants must be a SGT (E5) or above. (NO WAIVERS)
  • Applicants must be a BLC Graduate. (NO WAIVERS)
  • Certification training in SEC+, CASP, or CISSP, or equivalent training such as JCAC/CTOC/CCTC/BRIGHTON/TOUCHSTONE.
  • Applicants must be able to obtain an adjudicated TS/SCI security clearance. (NO Active Duty WAIVERS).  Compos 2 and 3 must have a TOP SECRET clearance before the 170A qualification course attendance.
  • Certified in a Cyber Mission Force work role or possess documented practical cyber-related experience (protocol analysis, Windows/*Nix Scripting, digital forensics, etc.) Practical experience documented through NCOERs, evaluation reports, performance appraisals, or statements of work equivalent to military experience.
  • Applicants must have 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.
  • 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, the Cyber Proponent to set up an interview with a senior 170A – Cyber Warfare Technician once the applicant completes the steps below:
    • Ensure that your packet is 90% or more complete since the warrant officer will need to make an assessment based purely on your packet and phone interview. 
    • Ensure that any waivers you may require are complete and included in the packet. 
    • Ensure you meet the baseline requirements for both general warrant officer requirements and the 170A specific requirements
    • Be prepared to conduct an in-depth phone interview (technical & professional)
  • 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.  The only acceptable alternatives are completing the CLEP College Composition examination in English (not Composition Modular) or an Associate's degree or higher.  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.  The only acceptable alternatives are completing the CLEP College Algebra examination or an Associate’s degree or higher. (NO WAIVERS)
  • ARNG applicants must provide cyber questionnaire with packet. Questionnaire can be obtained from CW4 Eis (contact information below).
Preferred Prerequisites:
  • ALC Graduate
  • Hold a STEM associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  • Additional industry technical certifications: SEC+; CASP; OSCP, OSCE, Linux+; CSA+; or GCIH
Direct all warrant application inquiries to your Regional Warrant Officer Recruiter
Contact the proponent POC below for questions regarding Cyber prerequisite qualifications.
CW5 David P. Lucy 
Warrant Officer Personnel Developer (Proponent)
Office Chief of Cyber
U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon
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
COMM: (706) 791-5147
DSN: (312) 780-5147
CW4 Walter Eis
ARNG Liaison to Cyber Proponent
Cyber Warrant Officer Career Program Manager
Office: (706) 791-3077

Last Updated: 24 March 2023