Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary
The Cyber Auxiliary was announced in April 2019. Some details regarding the organization have yet to be announced as of December 2019.
The Cyber Auxiliary is managed by Lt. Gen. Lori Reynolds, the Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Information.
The role of the Cyber Auxiliary is to "assist in simulated environments" with Marines; members are not authorized to carry out "hands-on cyber activities" (e.g. cyberwarfare or cybersecurity operations). Members of the Cyber Auxiliary will only be civilians or veterans, not members of the Marine Corps. However, they will serve to strengthen the Marine Corps' posture in the era of information warfare.
This effort should not be confuses with the new paid employee program "Cyber Force".
The requirements for the Cyber Auxiliary do not include military grooming, uniform, or physical fitness standards. However, Cyber Auxiliary applications must:
- be a U.S. citizen
- have 3 years of work or academic experience in the cyber industry
- an industry leader or highly regarded in their field
- enthusiastic in volunteering for the Cyber Auxiliary
- not a current U.S. Government employee
- have an honorable discharge, if prior service
- Civil Air Patrol
- Military Auxiliary Radio System
- United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
- United States Merchant Marine
- "USMC Cyber Auxiliary Homepage". marines.mil. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
- "Marine Commandant: You Can Have Purple Hair in Our New Cyber Force". Military.com. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
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