The Army has recently created a new cyber branch in its defense department for soldiers who want to defend the nation in cyberspace. This new branch will work alongside other arms and branches such as infantry and artillery. This important new branch differs since it will conduct cyberspace operations as opposed to physical operations.
“This new warfighting domain brings the need for a new type of soldier capable of understanding cyberspace as an operational environment, just as an infantryman understands the land domain and a pilot the air domain,” according to the military.
The military now considers all of cyberspace as a warfighting domain.
“The establishment of a Cyber Branch shows how important and critical the cyber mission is to our Army, and allows us to focus innovative recruiting, retention, leader development, and talent management needed to produce world-class cyberspace professionals,” Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, the commanding general of Army Cyber Command, said.
The CoE and the Human Resources Command have developed career management offices to allow this branch to continue to develop in the future. This 17-series career field will be put into operation by October 2015.