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SUBJ/ENLISTED CYBER MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE OPPORTUNITY AT NAVAL
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NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 1160.8A, SELECTIVE REENLISTMENT BONUS PROGRAM.
REF B IS OPNAVINST 1520.23C, GRADUATE EDUCATION.//

RMKS/1.  This NAVADMIN solicits enlisted Sailor applications for enrollment
in the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) 12-month Master of Science in Applied
Cyber Operations (MACO) program.  This opportunity 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 2020 or March 2021 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.

3.  This program is only available to Active Duty and Full-Time Support
members in the Information Systems Technician (IT) and Cryptologic
Technician -Networks (CTN) ratings, who meet the following criteria:
a.  Must 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.
b.  Must be an E6 or above eligible for continental United States shore
assignment between April and December 2020 for the September 2020 start, or
between October 2020 and June 2021 for the March 2021 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.  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 five 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
http://www.nps.edu/academics/admissions/applyonline/applynow.html.  Once
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.  NPS applications must be submitted to NPS no later
than 31 December 2019.  Sailors will be notified by NPS via e-mail regarding
their conditional acceptance.

4.  Upon selection, Sailors must request (via Command Career Counselor) an
in -rate quota in the Career Waypoints (C-WAY) system.  Those not in their
C-WAY window should submit a Special Circumstance application indicating
reason code of Other.  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 award of an in-rate C-WAY quota, and is not
considered part of a performance indicator of the individual in the C-WAY
process.

5.  Prospective applicants should contact their detailer immediately to
inform of intent to apply for the program, and potential impact to current
assignment.  Failure to do so may result in withdrawal of selection.
Graduation from the program will impact follow-on tours and may result in limited
detailing opportunities for future assignments.

6.  Graduates of the MACO program will earn the H07A Navy Enlisted
Classification (previously 2770-Applied Cyber Operations Master), and should
expect to serve in a utilization tour immediately following graduation.  For
ITs, utilization tours shall include operational (Cyber) shore billets and
sea billets (when available).  Further utilization for program graduates will be
appropriately balanced with other priorities, such as career progression,
sea/shore tour rotation, etc.

7.  Sailors in receipt of a letter of conditional acceptance from NPS should
forward a written request for MACO selection via their Commanding Officer.
The nomination template is posted to the Navy Information Warfare Outreach page
on milSuite at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-526186 (Common Access
Card e-mail certificate login required).  The template includes additional
documents, which must be included for consideration.

8.  The Commanding Officer endorsement should address the preparedness for
this significant academic opportunity, ability to work
independently, communication skills, potential for increased
responsibilities, and any special considerations regarding the Sailor.

9.  Applications can be sent via encrypted e-mail to
christopher.mikell(at)navy.mil or via DOD SAFE (https://safe.apps.mil/)
within two weeks of notification of conditional acceptance by NPS.

10.  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.

11.  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 which selectees must accept or decline within five
working days following release of the message.

12.  Instructions to sign up for education program notification are
available at https://www.mnp.navy.mil/group/training-education-
qualifications/e-graduate-education-and-fellowship-programs.

13.  Point of contact is LT Christopher Mikell, (757) 203-3128,
christopher.mikell(at)navy.mil.

14.  This message will remain in effect until superseded, or 30 June 2021,
whichever occurs first.

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

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