Becoming a U.S. Army JROTC Cyber Instructor

Who Can Apply?

  • Current U.S. Army JROTC Instructors
  • Any retired Army Officer, Warrant Officer, or NCO (Active, Guard, and Reserve) with a cyber background
  • Retired from service (Active, Guard, and Reserve) no longer than 5 years (waiverable after 5 years)

Credentials and requirements are subject to change as curriculum and overall program are further developed.

Cyber Instructor Qualifications

The JROTC Cyber Pilot will leverage instructors from various backgrounds and experiences to execute the pilot across approximately twenty sites in the first year with more sites the following years. To meet this demand, the JROTC Cyber Pilot Program Curriculum Development team proposes the following instructor requirements in addition to a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, cybersecurity, secondary education or related field.

Certification (1 of the following)

  • DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certification (Any IAT Level 1 certification or higher)
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) or similar
  • Cisco Certified Technician or similar

Professional Experience (1 of the following)

  • 2+ years of experience with a Bachelor’s degree in a cybersecurity related role or MOS fitting the experience: 17A/B/C/D, 25A/B/C/D/N/Q/S/U, 35N/Q/S/T, 94F/H/Y, 170, 255, FA24, FA26, FA29, FA30, or FA53 series/technology careers in the military
  • 2+ years of post-secondary education experience or USASMA certified small group leader or 8 identifier serving 18 months or more as a TRADOC instructor for MOS fitting the experience listed above.
  • JROTC will consider candidates who do not meet the above certifications and/or professional experience requirements pending a panel interview, agreement to attend additional summer training, and obtaining an IAT Level I certification within 6 months of becoming a cyber-instructor.

Cyber Instructor Job Description


  • Computer networking concepts and network security methodologies.
  • Authentication, authorization, and access control methods.
  • Laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity.


  • Configure and utilizes network protection technologies.
  • Build computer hardware systems and networks.
  • Identify network vulnerabilities and risks.


  • Prepare and deliver education materials regarding cybersecurity-related topics, such as those dealing with systems, networks and data, users, and security policies and procedures.
  • Communicate complex information, concepts, ideas, in a confident and well-organized manner through verbal, written, and/or visual means.
  • Provide effective feedback to students for improvement of learning.


  • Plan and implement lessons using effective classroom management and instructional techniques.
  • Develop or assist in the development of course assignments, course evaluations and grading/proficiency standards.
  • Provide timely and constructive feedback on assignments.

JROTC Cyber Instructor Training

As stated in the Cyber Instructor Qualifications, instructors must have one of the following certifications, in addition to other qualifications.

  • DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certification (Any IAT Level 1 certification or higher).
  • CompTIA Linux+.
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) or similar.
  • Cisco Certified Technician or similar.

We understand that instructors may need extra training to prepare for the exam to obtain one of the certifications. In addition to the training provided by the organizations that provide the certifications, the Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online cybersecurity training to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government employees, federal contractors, and US military veterans. (external link)

Want to support JROTC Cyber Instructor’s Training?

Organizations and institutions are welcome to provide instructor certification support training. Institutions interested in providing assistance related to instructor credentialing should target one of the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, or Linux+.
  • Cisco Certified Technician or Network Associate (CCT or CCNA).
  • (ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP).
  • Microsoft Technology Associate.

The goal of the support would be for identified instructors to have the appropriate credentials to meet minimum qualification requirements within six months of becoming a JROTC Cyber instructor.

How to Apply

Email your resume to:

Click here to view U.S. Army JROTC Cyber Instructor Vacancies.

Learn More About the U.S. Army JROTC Cyber Pilot

Additional information on the U.S. Army JROTC Cyber Pilot can be found on the “Becoming a Cyber Instructor” page.

Information on the U.S. Army JROTC instructor application and certification process can be found on the “Before you Apply” page.

Cyber Pilot instructor Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the “Cyber Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)” page.