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Back in April, a security forum was told by US Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller that the Marines would soon launch a volunteer cyber security auxiliary unit. The Marines announced the establishment of that unit earlier this week, known as the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary (Cyber Aux),

which it says will help increase Marine Corps cyberspace readiness.”

Members of the auxiliary wouldn’t be permitted to wear the coveted Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem of the Corps, which is something a Marine earns by going through basic training or officer candidate school, noted by Neller, in April’s Future Security Forum 2019. He further added:

that they wouldn’t have to adhere to the Marine Corps’ strict standards, joking that the auxiliary would take anyone — even professionals with purple hair. Volunteers won’t have to wear a uniform or adhere to the Corps’ grooming or physical standards

According to the announcement,

that members of the Cyber Aux will assist “in simulated environments and during periods of instruction, but are not authorized to execute hands-on cyber activities.”

You can say, Marines might end up facing in the digital world thus they’re not going to take part in any real-world incidents. Neller told that:

members of this new force will “come in and offer their assistance, expertise and knowledge to the uniform side.”

How big the force will be, Corps hasn’t figured out yet, but Neller explained that US citizens who can get a security clearance would be a good fit for it. Many can often find better opportunities in the private sector, as the US military has found it difficult to retain skilled cyber security professionals.

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At the time when digital threats from foreign adversaries are on the rise,  The purpose of the auxiliary is to supplement the Corps’ cyber security expertise with civilians and veterans.

Last year, Natasha Cohen and Peter W. Singer, New America Foundation fellows wrote an op-ed in Defense One and a white paper arguing for the creation of such an organization, noting that the military currently doesn’t have sufficient personnel to meet the demand for the challenges they face.  Such a need could be met with a unit like the Civil Air Patrol and Coast Guard Auxiliary the duo suggested, which operate in a supporting role for their respective parent military branches.


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