1815_IW_Community Info Sheet Apr 14[1]

Community Overview: The Information
Dominance Corps (IDC) Reserve Programs
(Intelligence, Information Warfare, Information
Professional, and Space Cadre) are established
under the cognizance of Commander,
Information Dominance Corps Reserve
Command (Reserve IDC TYCOM) and
Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command.
Information Warfare (IW) is a Restricted Line
community comprising approximately 270
officers assigned to IDC units. IW officers are
the Navy’s Information Warriors who maintain
expertise in all facets of Information Operations
(IO), to include traditional cryptology, C2 and
space systems.
Mission: IW officers create warfighting options
for Fleet Commanders to fight and win in the
information age. IWs deliver and operate a
reliable, secure and battle-ready global network,
and lead in the development and integration of
IO capabilities into the Fleet.
Basic eligibility requirements: All candidates
must be worldwide assignable and eligible for a
Top Secret/Special Access security clearance.
Accession Options:
(1) Navy Veteran (NAVET): The NAVET
program provides the opportunity for officers
leaving active duty and in the Individual Ready
Reserve (IRR) to affiliate in the Navy Reserve as
Information Warfare officers.
(2) Direct Commission Officer (DCO): The
Reserve Information Warfare Community has
limited quotas for the Direct Commissioning
(3) Change of Designator: The Information
Warfare Community accepts a limited number of
officers each year via the Change of Designator
(4) Appointment/ Reappointment: Previously
commissioned officers in the Navy or Navy
Reserve may request Appointment/
Reappointment as a Reserve Information
Warfare officer.
(5) Inter-service Transfer (IST): The
Information Warfare Community accepts a
limited number of officers in a reserve status
each year from other services.
Guiding Principles:
(1) Warfare Competency: IWs lead Navy
Information Warfare missions by employing a
thorough understanding of the tenets of IO,
sensor/weapons, national systems’ capabilities
and limitations, and know how to optimally use
all IO resources for “effects-based” warfare.
IWs develop tactics, techniques and procedures
to realize tactical, strategic and business
advantages afloat and ashore.
(2) Leadership: Leadership is a core
competency for all Naval Officers. IWs must be
engaged and seize the initiative, motivate
people, effectively apply resources and execute
(3) Professional Expertise: IWs require
knowledge of engineering and technology (i.e.
knowing how the signal or protocol was
designed to function) and the human elements
of adversaries through language and culture (i.e.
knowing how the adversary operates). IW
officers build this expertise through a
combination of formal education and experience
gained through successive career milestone
Academic/professional expertise:
(1) Required. Baccalaureate degree with a
minimum 2.20 or higher GPA.
(2) Desired. Major fields of study directly
related to Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) are preferred but not
required. Completion of calculus sequence
(Calculus I and II) and calculus-based physics
sequence with a C average or better is preferred.
Certifiable foreign language skills are favorable
but not required.
Screening and Assignment (a.k.a APPLY)
Board web based programs. Optimally,
new IW officers will be assigned to one of
four National Security Agency Cryptologic
Centers in Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, and
Career Path:
(1) Depending on interests, background,
and performance, reserve information
warfare officers have the opportunity for
challenging assignments in units with ever
increasing scope and responsibility.
Typical areas of assignment focus include
Computer Network Operations/Cyber,
Signals Intelligence (SIGNIT) and
Electronic Warfare.
(2) IWs are assigned to billets supporting
NSA and NSA Cryptologic Centers and
Naval Information Operations Commands
that deliver operational support critical to
our Combatant Commanders, Navy, and
Joint missions. Additionally, there are IW
billets on major Navy and Joint staffs.
(3) Advanced education. Postgraduate
education is important to the success of
Reserve IW officers.
(4) Active Duty Opportunities. Limited
opportunities exist for Reserve IW officers
to augment the Active Information
Warfare Community.
Point of Contact:
Ms. Patricia Pifer, BUPERS-318, DSN
882-2976, commercial (901) 874-2976,
[email protected]
Special pay/bonuses: None.
Training Pipeline: Newly commissioned and
IST officers attend Direct Commission Officer
School. All Reserve IW officers attend the IW
Basic Course (eight weeks), complete the
Information Warfare Officer Qualification
Program (IWOQP) within 36 months of
Commissioning or Change of Designator and the
Information Dominance Warfare Officer
(IDWO) qualification within 60 months.
Billet Assignment: Reserve IW officers request
billet assignment via Junior Officer APPLY
(JOAPPLY) or the National Command and
Senior Officer (O5/O6) Non-Command Billet
Updated: 8 Apr 14