Soldiers of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) conduct operations in the brigade's Joint Mission Operations Center. The Army's Cyber branch was founded on Sept. 1, 2014. (Photo by Steven Stover)
Soldiers of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade (Cyber) conduct operations in the brigade's Joint Mission Operations Center. The Army's Cyber branch was founded on Sept. 1, 2014. (Photo by Steven Stover) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

September 1, 2022 marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S. Army’s Cyber branch.

U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) was established in October 2010, but it would be four more years before Cyber became a distinct branch of the Army.

In early 2013 Gen. Robert Cone, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, advocated for creation of a Cyber school and career field. Later that year Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno approved a consolidated Army Cyber School, which was unveiled at Fort Gordon, Ga., the following year.

In May 2014, seven cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point were designated to become the Army's first Cyber officers. Initially they would be commissioned in the Signal or Military Intelligence branches, but would transfer to Cyber when the branch was created.

A few months later, on Aug. 21, 2014, the Army issued General Orders 2014-63, signed by Secretary of the Army John McHugh, establishing the Army Cyber branch. The order took effect Sept. 1, 2014.

Two months later 15 West Point cadets became the first class at the academy to branch directly into the Army as Cyber officers.

A year after the formation of the Cyber branch, distinctive insignia was authorized for wear by officer and enlisted personnel assigned to the branch. The insignia centers on a dagger that signifies readiness to prevent global cyber incidents, over two crossed lightning bolts that symbolize the origins of the branch in the intelligence, security and communications disciplines.

In 2016 the U.S. Army Center of Military History officially designated September 1 as the Cyber Corps birthday.

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ABOUT U.S. ARMY CYBER COMMAND: U.S. Army Cyber Command integrates and conducts cyberspace operations, electromagnetic warfare, and information operations, ensuring decision dominance and freedom of action for friendly forces in and through the cyber domain and the information dimension, while denying the same to our adversaries.

ARCYBER ON THE WEB: https://www.arcyber.army.mil
ARCYBER TWITTER: https://twitter.com/ARCYBER
ARCYBER LINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/us-army-cyber-command
ARMY CYBER ON THE U.S. ARMY WEBSITE: https://www.army.mil/armycyber

ABOUT THE ARMY CYBER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: The Cyber Center of Excellence is the U.S. Army's force modernization proponent for Cyberspace Operations, Signal/Communications Networks and Information Services, and Electronic Warfare (EW), and is responsible for developing related doctrine, organizational, training, materiel, leadership/education, personnel, and facility solutions.

CCOE ON THE WEB: https://cybercoe.army.mil
CCOE ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ArmyCyberCoE

Interested in the challenge of joining the Army Cyber team? Check out military and civilian cyber career and employment opportunities by clicking on the "Careers" tab at www.arcyber.army.mil