Minnesota National Guard seeks applicants for Cyber Protection Team

The application window is now open for Soldiers who are interested in joining the Minnesota National Guard’s new Cyber Protection Team (CPT).

National Guard Cyber Protection Teams consist of 39 highly-trained Soldiers who conduct defensive cyberspace operations on Army networks to support mission requirements.

The Minnesota National Guard is seeking the best and brightest Soldiers to fill these slots and become part of this innovative and technologically-skilled unit. If selected for this team, you will have the opportunity to work with computer professionals across the state and nation and receive intensive training, earning industry certifications that can be used to further your civilian career.

Information Technology and IT Security experience is strongly encouraged, but applicants do not have to hold an IT military occupational specialty to apply. Personnel who have relevant civilian experience – occupational or academic – are encouraged to apply and will be sent to school if selected.

Available military occupational specialties in the Cyber Protection Team are:

25D: Cyber Network Defender
35F: Intelligence Analyst
35Q: Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist
255A: Information Systems Technician
255N: Network Management Technician
17A: Cyber Operations Officer
Applications will be for the CPT as a whole rather than a particular position. The CPT selection panel will determine the appropriate position for each selected candidate.

Minnesota is one of only three states chosen to receive a full CPT which will begin standing up in Rosemount in October of this year.

All enlisted slots in the unit will be eligible for state reclassification bonuses.

For consideration in the first selection panel, application packets are due by July 16, 2017, and subsequent panels will convene quarterly.

Applications should be submitted through your unit’s S1 channels. Contact ng.mn.mnarng.list.j3-cyber-applications@mail.mil for further information.