CTN-Cryptologic Technician Networks

Rating Description


Cryptologic Technicians (Networks) (CTN) provide computer (network and infrastructure) analysis and technical solutions to produce Computer Network Operations (CNO) effects in support of national intelligence requirements. Duties include, but are not limited to: Computer Network Defense Analysis, Digital Forensics Analysis, Digital Network Exploitation Analysis, Interactive Operations, Expeditionary Operations, Research and Development, and Cyber Planning in support of Computer Network operations. For more detailed information, see the Rating Information Card.

There are 23 credentials closely related to the tasks performed in this Rating that may be attainable as soon as Class "A" technical school has been completed. Sailors can take advantage of these credentialing opportunities shortly following their initial training. Select "< 1 Year" for the "Experience after 'A' School" filter in the "Related Credentials" section to view these credentials.

CTN Jobs

Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

For help in making informed choices on schools, education programs, and using tuition assistance, see:


You can use the Engage My Career Tool on MilGears to enter personalized information to learn about degree programs related to your training and experience and next steps towards pursuing a degree.

Navy Learning Center Recommended Degrees for CTN-Cryptologic Technician Networks

The following occupational-related degrees are recommended by the Navy Learning Center and are listed in the Navy Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR) for CTN.

You can use the Engage My Career Tool on MilGears to enter personalized information to learn about degree programs related to your training and experience and next steps towards pursuing a degree.


Recommended Associate Degrees

  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Network Technology
  • Computer Networking and Security Management
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Programming and Analysis
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science Technology
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Systems Analysis
  • Information Technology
  • Networking Security Management

Recommended Bachelor/Master Degrees

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computer Information Science
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Networks and Cybersecurity
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity Management and Policy
  • Information Assurance
  • Information Systems Management
  • Information Systems Security
  • Information Technology
  • Network Management
  • Network Security
  • Software Development and Security
  • Software Engineering

Additional Information

Additional information pertaining to CTN-Cryptologic Technician Networks can be found below.

Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF)

SECNAV M-5239.2, signed June 2016, mandates identification, tracking, and reporting of personnel within the Cyberspace IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (Cyber IT/CSWF) and use of qualifications (i.e. commercial certifications; or Navy Enlisted Classification code (NEC); or academic degree) to validate Cyber IT/CSWF baseline and continuous knowledge and skills. Some Sailors may have these Cyber IT/CSWF responsibilities and will need to meet qualifications.

For more information, see:

Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have the credential exam funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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Advancement Next Generation Study Planner (NGSP) - beta

The Advancement Next Generation Study Planner (NGSP), currently in beta, is a Sailor-developed tool.

It can assist you with:
  • Organizing your Advancement Bibliography
  • Setting and achieving bibliography study goals
Functionality Notes:
  • Requires Microsoft Excel or equivalent spreadsheet application
  • When loading the spreadsheet, you will have to accept the prompts to allow the macro/scripts to run
  • Make sure you save changes as you update the spreadsheet
  • You can print your saved spreadsheet, or print to PDF

This tool is provided via the Navy’s Advancement Center. Questions, comments, or recommended changes can be sent to:

Exam Development and Bibliographies
COM: (850) 473-6110
DSN: 753-6110
SFLY_EXAM_QUESTION@navy.mil

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A BIBLIOGRAPHY is provided by the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) to document the REFERENCES used by a subject matter expert (a Navy Chief in the rating) as the basis for writing the items on the Active Duty and Reserve Navy Advancement Exams. If a reference has been updated since the exam was created and differs from the reference listed here, the information in the updated reference will be used as the basis for scoring the exam.

General Exam FAQs     Bibliography FAQs

INQUIRIES CONCERNING

Exam Development and Bibliographies
COM: (850) 473-6110
DSN: 753-6110
SFLY_EXAM_QUESTION@navy.mil

General Advancement Information
COM: (850) 473-6148
DSN: 753-6148
SFLY_NAVY_ADVANCEMEN@navy.mil

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 5 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), EC Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) credential validates the skills-based competency of a penetration tester.  The ECSA, which builds on the Certified Ethical Hacker skills, covers the testing of modern infrastructures, operating systems, and application environments. Candidates must meet a combination of training and experience requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) certification is for advanced level cyber-security professionals. CASP+ practitioners have the knowledge and skills need to conceptualize, engineer, integrate, and implement secure solutions across complex environments to support a resilient enterprise. While not required, candidates should meet CompTIA's recommended level of experience. Candidates must pass an exam that includes written and performance-based questions.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) is an intermediate level certification that combines IT, engineering and cyber security to achieve security for industrial control systems from design through retirement. GICSP is a collaborative effort between GIAC and representatives from a global industry consortium involving organizations that design, deploy, operate and/or maintain industrial automation and control system infrastructure. GICSP validates a base level of knowledge and understanding across a diverse set of professionals who engineer or support control systems and share responsibility for the security of these environments. There are no prerequisites for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Critical Controls Certification (GCCC) is an advanced level certification that recognizes a candidate's knowledge and skills for implementing and executing the Critical Security Controls, an approach to security recommended by the Council on Cybersecurity, and for performing audits based on the standard. GCCC candidates must have a solid understanding of the philosophies and driving forces behind the creation of the Controls, the scope of the Controls, and how the Controls can be used to prioritize information security controls based on community risk assessment efforts. Candidates must also have an understanding of how the Controls relate to other information assurance standards and can be used to meet the goals of those standards. GCCC is designed for security professionals, auditors, Chief Information Officers (CIOs), and risk officers who want to demonstrate their ability to assess and implement the Top Critical Security Controls. GCCC does not require any prerequisites or specific training. GCCC candidates are required to pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA, Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) uses continuous security monitoring to apply behavioral analytics to devices and networks to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats. CySA+ certification validates that the professional has the knowledge and skills required to leverage threat detection techniques and intelligence, find and address vulnerabilities, analyze and interpret data, recommend preventative actions, and successfully respond to and recover from incidents. While there is no required prerequisite, CySA+ is intended to follow CompTIA Security+ or equivalent experience and has a technical, hands-on focus. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 1 year

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Renewal Period: Lifetime

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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In Demand

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
Bright Outlook – new job opportunities are very likely in the future for this job

Registered Apprenticeship

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