For the first time ever, U.S. Air Force recruits are receiving cybersecurity instruction as part of their basic training.
The Air Force said the first trainees attended the four-hour course on basic operating fundamentals on a computer network and the importance of protecting the network this month at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
“”We’re teaching about a warfighting domain that is essential to military operations: cyberspace,” said Col. Shane P. Courville, the 737th Training Group commander. “This course shows the importance of cyberspace to the Air Force mission and its impact. We are all cyber warriors and we all have a responsibility to ensure that we protect the cyber domain because military operations depend on it.”
Training takes place in the fourth week of Basic Military Training and uses curriculum created by the Air Force Institute of Technology under the guidance of Air Force Space Command.
To supplement the training, Air Education and Training Command bought 120 computers and trainees will receive an extra three-hour practical application segment in the seventh week of basic training.
Trainee Matthew Freking said he was familiar with most of the training from his college IT background and avionics career-field choice. He was impressed by the Air Force’s emphasis on cybersecurity.
“The Air Force is extremely conscious about security, and from the setup, know what they’re doing,” he said.