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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


Minimum Prerequisites (all general prerequisites apply):

  • Be a SGT (E5) or above. (NO Active Component WAIVERS)
  • BLC Graduate. (NO Active Component WAIVERS)
  • If not Job Qualification Requirement (JQR) Certified in a Cyber Mission Force Work Role, applicant must hold a current DOD Approved DoDD 8570 Baseline IAT Level II or IAM Level II Certification (https://public.cyber.mil/cwmp/dod-approved-8570-baseline-certifications/) or have completed 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.
  • Documented practical experience in Cyberspace Operations in a Cyber Mission Force certified work role, Cyber Security/Computer Network Defense (CS/CND), or equivalent civilian experience.
  • A minimum of three years of rated time documented in NCOERs. This is the minimum prerequisite; all NCOERs must be submitted for consideration. (NO WAIVERS FOR ACTIVE DUTY ARMY)
  • A letter of recommendation (LOR) from a Senior Warrant Officer (CW3-CW5) is required from a Senior Cyber Warrant Officer (170A). In the absence of an available Senior 170A - Cyber Operations Technician, the Cyber Proponent will work with the candidate to set up an interview with a Senior 170A - Cyber Operations Technician.

  • A minimum of six semester hours of College Composition (English 100 and English 101 are the only accepted college courses) from an accredited academic institution.  Successful completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) College Composition examination (not Composition Modular) or an Associate's degree or higher are the only acceptable alternatives.  (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 WAVIERS)

  • 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@mail.mil

COMM: (706) 791-4939

DSN: (312) 780-4939


Chris Pugh
Warrant Officer Force Integration Specialist (Proponent)
Office Chief of Cyber
U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence & Fort Gordon
COMM: (706) 791-5147
DSN: (312) 780-5147


CW5 Alston Royal
ARNG Liaison to Cyber Proponent
National Guard Bureau
Arlington, VA 22204
Office: (703) 607-9793
DSN: 327-9793
Cell: (571) 438-0912


Last Updated: 6 February 2020