The elephant in the room is clear to operator-minded folks.
You can't just run the typical comm person through a training course and turn them into a cyber operator. I've been through the courses, and I can tell you first hand that there are people who "have the knack", and those who don't. Those who have the knack sailed through without studying, while the others worked hard just to keep their heads above water.
I went through part of flight school as well--enough to know that you can force any boulder uphill into a cockpit, but there are simply some people born to fly, and they're darn good at that job. There are those like me, who discovered that they were better suited to another field.
Frankly, I find it insulting to those of us who "get it", and always have, that the AF has decided to cross-train a lot of senior intel, pilot, and assorted others into the field. They don't know what they're doing, and it's embarrassing to watch. I recently saw an Intel Colonel give a speech about "I'm an old guy and I don't know what I'm doing, that's why we need you young guys." News flash: There are plenty of us "old guys" who know the field very well. You just don't happen to belong in it.
And that's the problem. Frankly, you need to treat cyber ops the same way that you treat flight ops. Not everyone has the talent. It's part art and part engineering, and it generally takes an abiding passion. Make it competitive, make it attractive, make it accessible, and be surprised at how many cross-trainee applicants you see.
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