Navy Reserve Information Warfare Officer Communities
The Reserve Officer Information Warfare Communities (IWC) are comprised of individuals with various backgrounds. The five reserve communities include Intelligence, Cryptologic Warfare, Information Professional, Meteorology and Oceanography, and Space Cadre. Information Warfare Officers perform numerous missions to include offensive and defensive cyber operations, analyzing environmental conditions, identifying and targeting advisory assets, and satellite operations. These Information Warfare (IW) reservists are managed through Commander, Naval Information Force Reserve (COMNAVIFORES) headquartered in Fort Worth, TX. Additionally, there are six NAVIFORES (NIFR) Regions and nine Joint Reserve Intelligence Centers which support the reserve IW Communities.
Click on the specific link below to find out more information regarding the individual Reserve Information Warfare Communities.
Reserve Oceanography - 1805
Reserve Cryptologic Warfare - 1815
Reserve Information Professional - 1825
Reserve Intelligence - 1835
Reserve Space Cadre
Change of Designator to an Information Warfare Community (Intelligence/1835, Cryptologic Warfare/1815, Information Professional/1825, or Oceanography/1805):
The IWC is seeking redesignation candidates with degrees and professional experience related to Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML), Data Science, Cyber Security, Computer Science, Computer Forensics, Systems Engineering, and Information Systems Management.
Officers desiring a change of designator to 18X5 must submit a redesignation package per BUPERSINST 1001.39F, utilizing the appropriate template on the right side of this webpage. Candidates must meet the minimum eligibility requirements outlined in MILPERSMAN 1212-010 and 1212-030. If approved for redesignation, candidates will be required to be assigned to an IWC unit. Packages are screened for the following purposes: Verify basic eligibility; SSBI/pre-screening eligibility; substantive assessment of the candidate's potential for success and general competitiveness for promotion; and ensure each candidate meets minimum physical fitness and height/weight standards, has not failed to select in their current grade, and is not likely to fail to select before the completion of change of designator (2x FOS will not be approved).
TS/SCI eligibility - All candidates require a JPAS Printout (if currently TS/SCI eligible), a SSBI/pre-screening eligibility interview supported by a SSO Memo (active component), or a SSBI/pre-screen eligibility interview conducted as part of a Naval Information Force Reserve Region (NIFR) Region OIC interview (SELRES/IRR/S2).
SELRES and VTU Redesignation: Redesignation requests are submitted to NAVPERSCOM (PERS-911C) via a candidate’s Unit CO and NIFR Region. Current IW officers must also submit via CNIFR.
Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)/Inactive Standby List (S2) Redesignation and SELRES affiliation: Current IRR/S2 officers are required to complete all medical requirements and 95% of the SELRES affiliation paperwork prior to submitting a redesignation request to PERS-911C. Requests received too early in the affiliation process will be returned as the redesignation date commences the training timeline for all IWC designators. Requests must be routed via the appropriate NIFR Region.
Active Component Redesignation and SELRES affiliation: Redesignation requests for officers desiring SELRES affiliation must be forwarded to PERS-911C via a Career Transition Office (CTO) Transition Assistant.
Once received, PERS-911C forwards the candidate’s package to the IWC Officer Community Manager (OCM); the IWC OCM will adjudicate the package from a Reserve Component (RC) perspective, provide an approval/disapproval recommendation, and return to PERS-911C for final processing. RC redesignation is continuous year round and does not culminate in a formalized board action. Once the candidate completes the steps above with the appropriate endorsements, the package can be forwarded to PERS-911C for a decision. Upon receipt at PERS-911C, please allow 3-4 weeks to generate a response.