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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Jan. 19, 2023

Reserve members, here are new cyber opportunities available for you 

By Kathy Murray, MyCG Writer

Attention enlisted members: If you’re a reservist with a demonstrated ability to perform a cyber role to Department of Defense (DoD) standards, the Coast Guard might have a new job for you. 

Coast Guard reserve leadership has collaborated with the Office of Cyberspace Forces to develop reserve cyber positions and is accepting applications until Feb. 16, for the following three teams: 

  • Reserve Cyber Protection Team (CPT) - (39 members) 
  • Reserve Cyber Advisor positions - (48 members) with operational commands within the Marine Transportation System (MTS) 
  • Cyber Coast Guard Reserve Unit (CGRU) - (15 members) at Cyber Command 

These teams will be made up of enlisted members with cyber mission specialist (CMS) or information systems (IS) ratings, chief warrant officers with the cyber mission manager (CMM) specialty, and commissioned officers. To qualify on the enlisted side, you’ll need to submit a request for a lateral change in rating (CIR) or change in specialty (CIS), as outlined below. 

The new CMS and CMM reserves are designed to bolster cybersecurity for the service’s networks and the Marine Transportation System (MTS). 

"This initiative is coming to fruition at just the right time thanks to broad organizational support,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Vanderslice.  “The Coast Guard has historically maximized use of the current reservists at Coast Guard Cyber; this effort will ensure more members have opportunities to support the organization outside of an active duty status.”  

Who qualifies?  

In order to be eligible for these positions, you must be: 

  • At least E4 with E5 EPQ/RPQs completed, up to CWO 4 
  • A U.S. citizen (non-dual) 
  • Eligible for TS/SCI and already have an active Secret Clearance.  

You must be in compliance with COMDTINST M1000 rules for enlistments, evaluations, and advancements and for military assignments and authorized absences. You also will need to have completed foundational cyber operations training such as the Joint Cyber Analysis Course (JCAC) or possess the cyber certifications like Informational Assurance Management/ Information Assurance Technical (IAM/IAT) or Cyber Security Service Provider (CSSP) and commensurate professional experience outlined in the Establishment of Cyber Reserve Component and Reserve Cyber Enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer Solicitation ALCOAST 460/22.  

How to apply 

To be considered for accession into the CMS reserve enlisted rating or the CMM chief warrant officer specialty: 

  • Submit a lateral CIR or CIS request package to the Office of Cyberspace Forces via encrypted email at no later than Feb. 16. Please include all waiver requests with your package. You can find the application here.
  • Obtain a command endorsement, that, at a minimum confirms your eligibility. You can find the endorsement memorandum at the Cyber Rating SharePoint portal.  

Be sure to review your official personnel record via iPerms to ensure it is up to date. All qualifications must appear in your official record in order to be considered during the applications process.  

The Office of Cyberspace Forces anticipates completing candidate selections on or around March 13, with announcements to be made around March 20. Note that this solicitation and candidate selection may trigger assignment action and will be communicated by PSC-RPM reserve assignment officers in separate communication.  

For additional questions contact: the Office of Cyberspace Forces at or visit the CMS rating portal page. 


  • Establishment of Cyber Reserve Component and Reserve Cyber Enlisted and Chief Warrant Officer Solicitation ALCOAST 460/22 

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