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SUBJ/ENLISTED CYBER MASTERS DEGREE OPPORTUNITY AT NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL//
AMPN/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1160.8A, SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUS (SRB)
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN solicits enlisted member applications for enrollment
in the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) 12-month Master of Science in Applied
Cyber Operations. This program is one of many efforts to increase cyber
capabilities for the Navy while building a professional cyber workforce.
2. Selectees will be assigned to Navy-funded education as full-time students
under permanent change of station orders to Monterey, CA with either a
September 2017 or March 2018 start. As full-time students, Sailors will be
required to carry a full academic load year-round. Degree requirements
should be completed in 12 months and will include a capstone project.
3. This program is only available to active-duty and Full-Time Support
members in the Information Systems Technician and Cryptologic Technician-
Networks ratings who meet the following criteria:
a. Must already possess a Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant
technical field including, but not limited to, computer science, electrical
engineering, and information or engineering technology. The degree must have
been awarded by an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional
accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To meet
NPS academic requirements, performance in technical courses, including
mathematics, must be exemplary. The Academic Profile Code (APC) for this
program is 344 (minimum 2.20 GPA, Calculus for Business/Social Sciences with
a grade of C or better, and one calculus based Physics course with a minimum
grade of C). Please refer to the NPS academic catalog for specific
information on calculating the APC.
b. Must be an E6 or above eligible for CONUS/shore assignment between
April and December 2017 for the September 2017 start or between October 2017
and June 2018 for the March 2018 start.
c. Must be eligible to incur a 5-year active-duty service obligation by
reenlistment or extension of enlistment prior to NPS enrollment. Selectees
will be required to reenlist more than 1-year earlier if they are unable to
satisfy the 5-year obligated service requirement with an aggregate of 48 or
fewer months of extensions. An extension will become binding upon enrollment
at NPS. Pursuant to reference (a), payment of the selective reenlistment
bonus is not authorized for selectees who reenlist for the purpose of meeting
the obligated service requirement.
d. Must be within physical fitness assessment (PFA) standards with no
PFA failures within the last three years.
e. Must have no evaluation marks below 3.0 within the last 5-years.
f. Must hold or be eligible for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented
Information (TS/SCI) clearance. Applicants without a current TS/SCI
clearance are still encouraged to apply, but should work with their Special
Security Office to initiate the clearance request. Orders to NPS will not be
issued until TS/SCI clearance is finalized.
g. Must possess a conditional letter of acceptance. To obtain a
conditional letter of acceptance, Sailors should apply to NPS at
registered, Sailors should select applied cyber operations, curriculum number
336. Upon application submission, Sailors must arrange for submission of
official transcripts to the NPS admissions office from each institution
attended for all undergraduate and graduate education, as well as all
Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcripts or Joint
Services Transcripts. Applications must be submitted to NPS no later than 20
March 2017. Sailors who are not conditionally accepted will be notified by
NPS via e-mail.
4. Upon selection, member must request (via command career counselor) an in-
rate quota in the Career Waypoints (CWAY) System. Those members not in their
CWAY window should submit a "special circumstance" application indicating
reason code of "other" and the career counselor will be prompted to add a
note indicating selection to the Master of Science in Applied Cyber
Operations Program. If selected via "special circumstance" application, this
program does not guarantee awarding of an in-rate CWAY quota and is not
considered part of an individual's performance indicator in the CWAY process.
5. Prospective applicants should contact their detailers immediately to
discuss implications for their current assignments. Failure to do so may
result in the withdrawal of selection. Graduation from this program will
impact future detailing availability.
6. Applications can be sent via encrypted e-mail to
7. Eligible Sailors should forward a written request via their commanding
officer, using the format below no later than 17 April 2017:
From: (Rank, Full Name, Last 4 Digits of SSN)
To: Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Information
Warfare/Director of Naval Intelligence) (N2N6)
Via: Commanding Officer
Subj: Application for Enlisted Cyber Master's Degree
Opportunity at Naval Postgraduate School
Ref: (a) Cite this NAVADMIN
Encl: (1) Copies of all undergraduate transcripts
(2) Certified copies of the last four performance
(3) Command financial screening for assignment to a high
cost of living area without barracks or dedicated
housing for bachelors or geographic bachelors
(4) Member's single page statement of preparedness and
motivation to earn a master's degree, and future
(5) NPS conditional letter of acceptance
1. I request selection to earn a Master of Science in Applied
Cyber Operations for a September 2017 (or March 2018) start: I
meet all eligibility requirements specified in reference (a).
Enclosures (1) through (5) are submitted to support my request.
2. I understand that if selected for this opportunity, I shall
incur a 5-year active-duty service obligation upon enrollment
at NPS. If I fail to complete the required service (voluntarily
or due to misconduct), I agree to reimburse the U.S. for the
cost of the graduate education received, prorated for the
obligated time served.
3. Upon completion of degree requirements, I understand I will
be assigned based upon the needs of the Navy. Priority will be
given to cyber technical and operational requirements at the
National Security Agency, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet,
Navy Information Operations Command, and Navy Cyber Defense
4. I can be contacted at (Provide phone, personal and work e-
mail, and mailing address).
8. The endorsement of the commanding officer should address the preparedness
of members for this significant academic opportunity, ability to work
independently, communication skills, potential for increased responsibilities
and any special considerations.
9. Prior application submissions to this program do not disqualify a Sailor
from applying. However, applicants who did not receive conditional
acceptance from NPS and have no additional academic qualifications should not
apply again as the academic standards have not changed.
10. Selection results will be disseminated via NAVADMIN. Due to the highly
competitive nature of this program, notification of selection via NAVADMIN is
a binding commitment that selectees must accept or decline within five
working days following release of the message.
11. General information about NPS can be found at www.nps.edu.
12. Point of contact is Mr. Curtis Bogetto at (703) 604-6289/DSN 664 or via
e-mail at curtis.bogetto(at)navy.mil.
13. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 30 June 2018,
whichever occurs first.
14. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//