R 231506Z FEB 15 PSN 715759H34
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
SUBJ/ENLISTED CYBER MASTER'S DEGREE OPPORTUNITY AT NAVAL POSTGRADUATE
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/FEB//
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's (NPS) 12-month Master of Science in
Applied Cyber Operations. This program is one of many efforts to increase
the Navy's cyber capabilities, while building a professional cyber workforce.
Selectees will have the opportunity to enhance the learning environment for
all students through their background with real world network experiences in
the operational environment.
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 2015 or March 2016 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 high. 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 2015 for the September 2015 start or between October 2015
and June 2016 for the March 2016 start.
c. Must be eligible to incur a five-year active-duty service obligation
by reenlistment or extension of enlistment prior to NPS enrollment.
Selectees will be required to reenlist more than one year earlier if they are
unable to satisfy the five-year obligated service requirement with an
aggregate of 48 or fewer months of extensions. An extension will become
binding upon enrollment at NPS. Per 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 five years.
f. Must hold or be eligible for a Top Secret (TS)/Sensitive
Compartmented Information (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. 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.
6. Applications can be sent via encrypted e-mail to
william.h.nesbitt(at)navy.mil or mailed to:
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
(Information Dominance/Director of Naval Intelligence) (N2/N6)
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-2000
7. Eligible Sailors should forward a written request via their commanding
officer, using the format below NLT 17 April 2015:
From: (Rate, Full Name, Last 4 Digits of SSN)
To: Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
(Information Dominance/Director of Naval Intelligence)
Via: Commanding Officer
Subj: Application for Enlisted Cyber Master's Degree
Opportunity at The 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
to earn a master's degree, and future goals
(5) Naval postgraduate school (NPS) conditional letter of
1. I request selection to earn a Master of Science in Applied Cyber
Operations for September 2015 (or March 2016) start: I meet all eligibility
requirements specified in reference (a). Enclosures (1) through (5) are
submitted to support my request.
2. I understand if selected for this opportunity, I shall incur a five-
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 Operations Command.
4. I can be contacted at (Provide phone, e-mail and mailing address).
8. Commanding officer's endorsement should address member's preparedness for
this significant academic opportunity, ability to work independently,
communication skills, potential for increased responsibilities and any
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 rescind 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 LCDR William Nesbitt at (703) 604-6293/DSN 664 or
via e-mail at william.h.nesbitt(at)navy.mil.
13. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 30 June 2016,
whichever occurs first.
14. Released By Vice Admiral W. F. Moran, N1.//