Air Force Enlisted Jobs, Cyber Systems Operations AFSC

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3D0X2, Cyber Systems Operations AFSC was officially established on November 1, 2009. Cyber Systems Operations personnel supervise and perform cyber systems operations and execute associated information systems support programs, both at home base and at deployed locations.

Cyber Systems Operations Specialists perform system administration on Command, Control, Communications, Computer (C4), Intelligence and various functional area platforms. Core competencies include:

  • Server operating systems
  • Database administration
  • Web technologies

They administer server-based operating systems, distributed applications, network storage, messaging and application monitoring required to integrate cyber systems and applications. 3D0X2 personnel support identification, reconnaissance, and exploitation of vulnerabilities while enhancing capabilities within cyber environments to achieve the desired effects.

Specific Duties

Specific duties of this AFSC include:

  • Providing core services by designing, configuring, installing and managing data services at the operating system and server application level.
  • Providing directory services utilizing dynamically assigned IP addresses, domain name server, storage area network and electronic messaging resources.
  • Managing secure authentication methods utilizing public key infrastructure (PKI) technologies and procedures.
  • Standardizing user privileges and system settings using automated deployment tools such as group policy objects (GPO) system management server.
  • Implementing security fixes, operating system patches, and antivirus software.
  • Developing, testing and implementing local restoral and contingency operations plans.
  • Processing and reviewing C4 systems requirement documentation, telecommunication service requests, status of acquisition messages and telecommunication service orders.
  • Performing strategic and budget planning for networks.
  • Performing system resource management, managing system accounts, performing system-wide backups and data recovery and load and capacity planning and management.
  • Administering classified and unclassified message traffic via electronic mail systems, database operations, implementing conversions and investigating problems in the database environment.
  • Ensuring continuing systems operability by providing ongoing optimization and problem-solving support.
  • Applying computer security policies to safeguard systems and information.
  • Categorizing, isolating and resolving system problems.
  • Performing fault isolation by validating, isolating and correcting faults, and verifying service restoration with customers.
  • Processing, documenting and coordinating the resolution of trouble calls from lower support echelons.
  • Processing scheduled and authorized outages.
  • Submitting outage reports in response to unscheduled outages.

Job Training

Initial skills training (Tech School): AF Technical School graduation results in the award of a 3-skill level (apprentice). Following Air Force Basic Training, airmen in this AFSC attend the following course:

  • Course E3AQR3D032 00BA, Cyber Systems Operations Apprentice at Keesler AFB, MS - Course length unknown.

Certification training: After tech school, individuals report to their permanent duty assignment, where they are entered into 5-level (technician) upgrade training. This training is a combination of on-the-job task certification, and enrollment in a correspondence course called a Career Development Course (CDC). Once the airman's trainer(s) have certified that they are qualified to perform all tasks related to that assignment, and once they complete the CDC, including the final closed-book written test, they are upgraded to the 5-skill level, and are considered to be "certified" to perform their job with minimal supervision.

Advanced training: Upon achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, airmen are entered into 7-level (craftsman) training. A craftsman can expect to fill various supervisory and management positions such as shift leader, element NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer in Charge), flight superintendent and various staff positions. Upon promotion to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, personnel convert to AFSC 3D090, Cyber Operations Superintendent. 3D090 personnel provide direct supervision and management to personnel in AFSCs 3D0X1, 3D0X2, 3D0X3, and 3D0X5. A 9-level can expect to fill positions such as flight chief, superintendent, and various staff NCOIC jobs.

Assignment locations: Virtually any Air Force Base.

Average promotion times (time in service)

  • Airman (E-2): 6 months
  • Airman First Class (E-3): 16 months
  • Senior Airman (E-4): 3 years
  • Staff Sergeant (E-5): 5 years
  • Technical Sergeant (E-6): 10.8 years
  • Master Sergeant (E-7): 16.1 years
  • Senior Master Sergeant (E-8): 19.7 years
  • Chief Master Sergeant (E-9): 22.3 years

Required ASVAB Composite Score: Unknown

Security clearance requirement: Top Secret

Strength requirement: G

Other Requirements

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must have completed high school. Additional courses in computer and information systems technology are desirable. Network+ certification or equivalent is desirable.