181X - Cryptologic Warfare Officer

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Cryptologic Warfare Officer (CWO) are the Navy's Information Warriors with expertise in all facets of Information Operations (IO), including traditional Cryptology, Command and Control, Computer Network Operations and Space Systems. CW Officers create warfighting options for Fleet Commanders to fight and win in the information age. They deliver and operate reliable, secure and battle-ready global networks, and lead in development and integration of IO capabilities in the Fleet.

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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 Officers may have these Cyber IT/CSWF responsibilities and will need to meet qualifications.

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The Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA), Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - I (CDASA-I) is an intermediate level credential designed for professional All-Source intelligence workers. CDASA-I recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a level of competence, through their work experience and analytic knowledge, consistent with the baseline of the profession. The analytic knowledge represents those facts, concepts, principles and tools that are appropriate for a generalist. The certification aims to support the DoD-wide initiative to professionalize the intelligence workforce. Further objectives include enhancing DoD's analytic quality by using common standards, enabling an interoperable and agile workforce, and promoting common professional development frameworks.

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The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.

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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 mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

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