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SUBJ/2019-2020 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CYBER SCHOLARSHIP RETENTION PROGRAM
RMKS/1. This message announces the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber
Scholarship Retention Program (CySP) for Academic Year 2019/2020 nomination
requirements and provides details for the Navy application process. The DoD
CySP provides professional development opportunities to current employees who
support DoDs critical cyber functions in exchange for continued service
within the Department.
2. The Navy encourages personnel to take advantage of the graduate degree
completion opportunities provided through the DoD CySP. During a time of
limited training resources, this program provides a viable means to fund
advanced education for personnel who are either in a Cybersecurity related
position or are preparing for an assignment requiring advanced knowledge in
the broad disciplines defined in paragraph four.
3. Navy Eligibility Requirements. Permanent DoD civilian employees may
apply for the master's program, doctoral degree program, or associates degree
program (nonresident, part-time, or Distance Learning (DL) programs
available). Active duty and Full Time Support (FTS) military officers are
eligible for either the masters or doctoral programs (nonresident, part-time,
or DL programs only). Active duty and FTS Enlisted personnel may apply for
the associates degree program (nonresident, part-time, or DL programs only).
Nominated personnel should be high performing employees who have demonstrated
the potential for increased responsibilities. Nominations should fulfill
specific personnel development requirements for both the individual nominee
and the nominating organization.
4. Academic Disciplines. For participation in the CySP, qualified employees
must pursue degrees in academic disciplines that have a concentration in
Cybersecurity. Such disciplines include, but are not limited to: artificial
intelligence and machine learning, biometrics, computer crime investigations,
computer engineering, computer programming, computer science, computer
systems analysis, cyber operations, cybersecurity, cybersecurity policy,
database administration, data management, data science, digital and
multimedia forensics, electrical engineering, electronics engineering,
information security (assurance), information systems, information technology
(IT) acquisition, IT program/project management, network
management/operations, software engineering, systems engineering, unmanned
and autonomous systems engineering and operations, web design and
engineering, and other similar disciplines as approved by the DoD Chief
Information Officer (DoD CIO).
5. Participating Institutions. The below is a brief description of the
available programs but more information can be accessed via the Navy
Information Warfare Outreach page on milSuite at
https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-570743 (Common Access Card e-mail
certificate login required).
a. Graduate Program:
1. DoD institutions offering full-time academic programs leading to a
masters or doctoral degree are the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Open to DoD civilians only.
2. The National Defense University College of Information and
Cyberspace (NDU CIC) partner university program offers full- or part -time
academic programs leading to a graduate degree. A list of participating
institutions is provided further in this document. Open to: DoD civilians
(full-time, part-time, and DL options available) and officers (part-time and
b. Community College Program: Community colleges designated as Centers
of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education have been invited to
participate in a new associates degree pilot program which offers full or
part-time attendance options. The list of participating institutions will
not be finalized until March 2019. Individuals wishing to participate in the
CySP Community College Program should review the potential list of
institutions, which can be found at the link identified above, and select up
to 3 institutions to attend. Should none of an applicant’s choices be on the
final list of participating institutions, the CySP Program Office will work
with a scholarship recipient to ensure they can attend an alternate school.
Open to: DoD civilians (full-time, part-time, and DL options available) and
enlisted (part-time and DL only).
6. Program Costs. The cost of tuition, required fees, and required books
will be covered by the program. Civilian students will continue to receive
their salaries from their parent commands throughout their course of study.
Civilian students parent commands are also responsible for all travel costs,
any Temporary Additional Duty costs, and any necessary position back-fill for
individuals selected for the program. Prospective applicants should meet
with their parent commands to discuss all potential program costs. This
meeting should provide a full understanding of what is expected during their
education experience and upon completion of their academic degree.
7. Obligations. Participants must maintain good standing in their degree
programs and upon completion, continue in service as civilian employees or
military members, or repay the costs of the program. Pursuant to reference
(a), military members shall serve on active duty in accordance with
fulfilling designated service obligations of the Navy. DoD civilian
employees shall sign a continued service agreement with their parent
organization or Component that complies with 10 U.S.C. 2200, prior to
commencement of their education, to continue service within the DoD upon
conclusion of their education, for a period equal to three times the length
of the education period. If selected, students must sign a Student Code of
Conduct Agreement, a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) waiver
required for release of transcripts, and other additional agreement forms as
8. Nomination Package Requirements. Applicant nomination checklist and is
posted at https://www.milsuite.mil/book/docs/DOC-570743
9. Points of Contact. Civilian and military personnel are to submit their
application packages via their chain of command via encrypted e-mail by 29
March 2019. All civilian applications must be sent the civilian point of
contact listed below and all active duty and FTS military applications must
be sent to the military point of contact listed below.
a. Civilian POC: Mr. Michael Vieira, email@example.com.
b. Military POC: Mr. Curtis Bogetto, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Released by VADM Matthew J. Kohler, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.//