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I'm 24 and I'm graduating this December with degrees in both computer science and engineering. I'm interested in joining either the Air Force or Navy, but here's how I narrowed my options: (1) work after college and get a direct commission from the army as a cyber officer, (2) join the navy and be part of the information dominance corps, or (3) join the air force as an engineer. I was wondering will my age affect me from being in the military of should I stay as a civilian?
 

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All those degrees, and you can't follow simple instructions.

Post an introduction in the appropriate area, as per the site rules you agreed to when registering, before doing anything else.

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I'm 24 and I'm graduating this December with degrees in both computer science and engineering. I'm interested in joining either the Air Force or Navy, but here's how I narrowed my options: (1) work after college and get a direct commission from the army as a cyber officer, (2) join the navy and be part of the information dominance corps, or (3) join the air force as an engineer. I was wondering will my age affect me from being in the military of should I stay as a civilian?
1) Look up the basic commissioning regs for each branch, they may differ slightly on age and other requirements.
2) Look up the pre-reqs for your options. Those too will differ.
3) Assume you can't go in to do communications/ cyber related stuff. What's your Plan B?
 

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If you choose to be a direct commission officer in the Navy (cannot speak to the other branches), there is a much wider latitude in age than as a traditional line officer, and with rank your civilian experience gets "rewarded" by entering at a higher rank. I understand that also to be case with the other branches, but can't confirm.
 

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Man, I never thought I would have subject matter expertise in this field when I joined here ten years ago. Anyway, here goes. You can commission directly into the cyberspace warfare field in the Army and Air Force. Demand always exceeds supply. They are going to start doing the same thing for the Marine Corps in the very near future but we haven’t figured out how that will work yet. I think they will offer it out of TBS for now but will soon offer people cyber contracts like they do flight contracts now. You want to go cryptological warfare in the Navy if you want to end up in cyber eventually. Admiral Rogers, former Director of NSA, was a cryptological warfare officer. The cyberspace warfare field is growing exponentially. You would think that the Air Force would lead the way in cyber because of how technical they are but the Army is massive and dominates the field through their size, manning, and funding.
 

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Overnight Captain's for the future... blah blah blah, earn it is my middle finger B.S.


But at the end of the day, good luck and best to your career... if you make past boot.
 

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Overnight Captain's for the future... blah blah blah, earn it is my middle finger B.S.


But at the end of the day, good luck and best to your career... if you make past boot.
Hell brother, they're talking about direct commissioning people in at the O6 level in Cyber. Forget about captain. That's soooo JAG Corps / MED Corps.
 

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Hell brother, they're talking about direct commissioning people in at the O6 level in Cyber. Forget about captain. That's soooo JAG Corps / MED Corps.
I commissioned at the same time as a friend. In our corps, he had experience (I had none). But I had been an enlisted man for 12 years. He commissions an O2, picked up O3 in less than a year. I went in O1E, day 1, ground floor.

He loved rubbing it in he could tell me what to do and give me orders. Joke was on him when he asked for help with things like orders, travel vouchers, uniforms, etc.
 
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Sorry I haven't replied in a few days. I was wondering if it would be possible if I could do software engineering or is that usually done by enlisted guys?
 

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Sorry I haven't replied in a few days. I was wondering if it would be possible if I could do software engineering or is that usually done by enlisted guys?
As a cyber officer in the Army or Air Force? Honestly DOD civilians and industry does a lot of that. Some enlisted will do it as well.
 

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I was wondering if I can do software engineering as an officer in either the Army or Air Force if that's possible.
The odds of you doing that in either branch are astronomical. That's why the military has contractors. An officer coding all day? Maybe in some one-off slot buried in places no one knows, but that would come along with projects no one would dream to discuss outside of a SCIF.

The Air Force's heavy cyber lifting is done by enlisted and contractors; Officers direct and manage. I've seen one of the Army's Cyber Protection Teams in action. Maybe that is a great group of people, but the team I worked with? Clownshoes. Not knowing the difference between TCP and UDP is one of many stories from that 3 day adventure.
 
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