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SUBJ/2019-2020 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CYBER SCHOLARSHIP RETENTION
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REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 1520.23C/07JAN15//

RMKS/1.  This message announces the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber
Scholarship Retention Program (CySP) for Academic Year 2019/2020
nomination requirements and provides details for the Navy
application process.  The DoD CySP provides professional development
opportunities to current employees who support DoDs critical cyber
functions in exchange for continued service within the Department.

2.  The Navy encourages personnel to take advantage of the graduate
degree completion opportunities provided through the DoD
CySP.  During a time of limited training resources, this program
provides a viable means to fund advanced education for personnel who
are either in a Cybersecurity related position or are preparing for
an assignment requiring advanced knowledge in the broad disciplines
defined in paragraph four.

3.  Navy Eligibility Requirements.  Permanent DoD civilian employees
may apply for the master’s program, doctoral degree program, or
associates degree program (nonresident, part-time, or Distance
Learning (DL) programs available).  Active duty and Full Time
Support (FTS) military officers are eligible for either the masters
or doctoral programs (nonresident, part-time, or DL programs
only).  Active duty and FTS Enlisted personnel may apply for the
associates degree program (nonresident, part-time, or DL programs
only).  Nominated personnel should be high performing employees who
have demonstrated the potential for increased
responsibilities.  Nominations should fulfill specific personnel
development requirements for both the individual nominee and the
nominating organization.

4.  Academic Disciplines.  For participation in the CySP, qualified
employees must pursue degrees in academic disciplines that have a
concentration in Cybersecurity.  Such disciplines include, but are
not limited to:  artificial intelligence and machine learning,
biometrics, computer crime investigations, computer engineering,
computer programming, computer science, computer systems analysis,
cyber operations, cybersecurity, cybersecurity policy, database
administration, data management, data science, digital and
multimedia forensics, electrical engineering, electronics
engineering, information security (assurance), information systems,
information technology (IT) acquisition, IT program/project
management, network management/operations, software engineering,
systems engineering, unmanned and autonomous systems engineering and
operations, web design and engineering, and other similar
disciplines as approved by the DoD Chief Information Officer (DoD
CIO).

5. Participating Institutions.  The below is a brief description of
the available programs but more information can be accessed via the
Navy Information Warfare Outreach page on milSuite at https
://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-570743 (Common Access Card e-mail
certificate login required).
a.  Graduate Program:
1.  DoD institutions offering full-time academic programs leading to
a masters or doctoral degree are the Air Force Institute of
Technology (AFIT) and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).  Open to
DoD civilians only.
2.  The National Defense University College of Information and
Cyberspace (NDU CIC) partner university program offers full- or part
-time academic programs leading to a graduate degree.  A list of
participating institutions is provided further in this
document.  Open to:  DoD civilians (full-time, part-time, and DL
options available) and officers (part-time and DL only).
b.  Community College Program:  Community colleges designated as
Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education have been
invited to participate in a new associates degree pilot program
which offers full or part-time attendance options.  The list of
participating institutions will not be finalized until March
2019.  Individuals wishing to participate in the CySP Community
College Program should review the potential list of institutions,
which can be found at the link identified above, and select up to 3
institutions to attend.  Should none of an applicants choices be on
the final list of participating institutions, the CySP Program
Office will work with a scholarship recipient to ensure they can
attend an alternate school.  Open to:  DoD civilians (full-time,
part-time, and DL options available) and enlisted (part-time and DL
only).

6.  Program Costs.  The cost of tuition, required fees, and required
books will be covered by the program.  Civilian students will
continue to receive their salaries from their parent commands
throughout their course of study.  Civilian students parent commands
are also responsible for all travel costs, any Temporary Additional
Duty costs, and any necessary position back-fill for individuals
selected for the program.  Prospective applicants should meet with
their parent commands to discuss all potential program costs.  This
meeting should provide a full understanding of what is expected
during their education experience and upon completion of their
academic degree.

7.  Obligations.  Participants must maintain good standing in their
degree programs and upon completion, continue in service as civilian
employees or military members, or repay the costs of the
program.  Pursuant to reference (a), military members shall serve on
active duty in accordance with fulfilling designated service
obligations of the Navy.  DoD civilian employees shall sign a
continued service agreement with their parent organization or
Component that complies with 10 U.S.C. 2200, prior to commencement
of their education, to continue service within the DoD upon
conclusion of their education, for a period equal to three times the
length of the education period.  If selected, students must sign a
Student Code of Conduct Agreement, a Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA) waiver required for release of transcripts, and
other additional agreement forms as required.

8.  Nomination Package Requirements.  Applicant nomination checklist
and is posted at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-570743

9. Points of Contact.  Civilian and military personnel are to submit
their application packages via their chain of command via encrypted
e-mail by 29 March 2019.  All civilian applications must be sent the
civilian point of contact listed below and all active duty and FTS
military applications must be sent to the military point of contact
listed below.
a.  Civilian POC:  Mr. Michael Vieira, michael.vieira@navy.mil.
b.  Military POC:  Mr. Curtis Bogetto, curtis.bogetto@navy.mil.

10.  Released by VADM Matthew J. Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval
Operations for Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//

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