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Space Cadre


Space Cadre

The Navy Space Cadre is a cross-functional community of professionals who are trained to plan and execute space operations.  The space cadre workforce is comprised of active duty and reserve officers across many designators who possess relevant space-oriented education and experience.   This cadre of space professionals is managed by the Navy's Information Warfare Enterprise (IWE) and their technical proficiencies enhance fleet warfighting capabilities.

Space Cadre Additional Qualification Designation (AQD) is closely managed by the Space Cadre Advisor at Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR).  The Navy is building an educated and experienced space cadre, and all applicants must meet the AQD requirements as specified in NAVPERS 158391 and NAVEDTRA43360-1B to be eligible for consideration.  Possession of the Space Cadre AQD denotes specific knowledge and proficiency in space operations and systems, and serves as a prerequisite for specifically designated space-related billets.

The Space Cadre is not a managed career path with milestones and screen boards.  Members remain subject to their source (designator) community requirements.  However, many space-related billets are coded for personnel possessing the space cadre AQD, and members should work with their community detailer if they are interested in filling a designated space operations billet.

 

Space-related billets

 

Navy space-related billets are embedded at several afloat and ashore commands, to include:  USFF, CPF, numbered Fleets, CSG, ESG, PHIBRON, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Security Agency (NSA), US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), US Space Command (SPACECOM), US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), Fleet Cyber Command (FCC), Navy Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC), and Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR).

 

The AQD for each Space coded billet is reviewed and authorized by Commander, Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), but the billets are managed by individual community detailers. 

 

 

Additional Qualification Designation Requirements

Membership in the Space Cadre is awarded following completion of the space officer basic personnel qualification standard (PQS), space-oriented training, demonstrated performance as a space operator, and recommended by the member’s Commanding Officer.  Space Cadre AQD award levels are denoted by VS5 - VS8 (space operations) series AQD, or the VR1 - VR3 (space acquisition) series AQD. 

 

Space Operations AQD Requirements:

 

1)       VS5

a.        Complete the Space Officer Basic PQS (NAVEDTRA 43360-1B), and…

b.       Complete one year in a Space Operations-related billet (18 months for Navy Reserve), and…

c.        Complete one of the following approved training courses:

1. National Security Space Institute (NSSI) - Space 200; A-531-0200

2. USAF 319th Combat Training Squadron (319 CTS) – Space Warfighter Preparation Course    (SWPC); A-531-1119

3. Naval Space Operations Course (NSOC); A-531-0500

5. Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Space Systems Certificate (Distance Learning program OR Hold a Master’s Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Space Systems Operations (SSO; subspecialty code 6206P) or Space Systems Engineering (SSE; subspecialty code 5500P)

2)       VS6     

a.        Earned the VS5 AQD

b.       Completed one additional year (18 months for Navy Reserve) of space experience in a VS6, or higher, coded billet

3)       VS7     

a.        Earned the VS6 AQD

b.       Completed two additional years (three years for Navy Reserve) of space experience in a VS6, or higher, coded billet

4)       VS8     

a.        Earned the VS7 AQD

b.       Completed the NSSI Space 300 (A-531-0300) training course, and…

c.        Completed two additional years (three years for Navy Reserve) of space experience in a VS6, or higher, coded billet

 

Space Acquisition AQD Requirements:

 

1)       VR1     

a.        Meet VS5 requirements

b.       Completed two years in space acquisition billet (three years for Navy Reserve), and…

c.        Complete DAWIA certification level 1 during tour.

2)       VR2     

a.        Earned the VR1 code

b.       Completed two additional years in space acquisition billet (three years for Navy Reserve), and…

c.        Complete DAWIA certification level 2 during tour.

3)       VR3     

a.        Earned the VR2 code

b.       Completed two additional years in space acquisition billet (three years for Navy Reserve), and…

c.        Complete DAWIA certification level 3 during tour.

 

NOTE:  Subspecialty codes (SSC) 5500/6206 no longer denote Space Cadre membership; however, they do represent significant space-based education or experience.  The 5500/6206 SSC’s are managed by Fleet Cyber Command/C10F/NAVSPACE.

 

Space Education and Training Opportunities and Resources

 

1)       Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

a.        Distant Learning Certificate in Space Systems https://my.nps.edu/web/dl/search-dl-programs

b.       In-residence Masters Degree in Space Systems Operations or Space Systems Engineering https://my.nps.edu/web/ssag/degrees-and-curriculum

2)       USAF Space Education and Training Center (SETC)

a.        National Security​ Space Institute (NSSI) 

b.       319th Combat Training Squadron (319CTS)

3) Naval Satellite Operations Course (NSOC) 

If you are interested in attending a space training course, please email Ms. Trina Reynolds, Space Cadre Placement Officer within PERS-47, with the following information:  name, rank, designator, current billet, current PRD, desired course (SWPC, Space 200, Space 300), space cadre status (Y/N, VS/VR level), amplifying information to support your request.


Space Cadre information and Space Officer Basic Personnel Qualification Standard (PQS)

The Space Cadre MyNavyPortal page can be found here

Without the above link, you may find the MNP Space Cadre page at…

--Log onto MNP (use CAC email certificate)

--Click on the "Professional Resources" tab

--Select "Communities of Practice (COPS)"

--Select "Space Cadre" from the list of options under “Navy Programs”


You may find and download the Space Officer Basic PQS by…

--Log onto MNP (use CAC email certificate)

--Click the "Professional Resources" tab

--Select "Personnel Qualifications Standards"

--Click on the NAVEDTRA 43300 PQS Series on the left menu

--Download the NAVEDTRA 43360-1B Space Officer Basic PQS

 

 

Points of Contact

Space Cadre Advisor (NAVIFOR): 

CAPT Budd Bergloff:  budd.e.bergloff1@navy.mil, 757-203-3198

Space Education and Training Liaison (NAVIFOR-Colorado): 

CAPT Andrew Dittmer, andrew.dittmer@us.af.mil, 757-893-2859

Space Cadre Placement Officer (PERS-47):

                Ms. Trina Reynolds, trina.reynolds@navy.mil, 901-874-3854

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