Facing Shortage of Tech Talent, DoD Looks to Hire Civilians, Offers STEM Scholarships

Facing a shortage of tech talent, the Department of Defense has been recruiting civilians to fulfill its cybersecurity and artificial intelligence needs, reports Defense Systems.

201009 N Ws494 1025One way the Department plans to attract more civilians is through a new STEM scholarship program that the Department hopes will lead to the hiring of 1,000 students over the next five years. 

The scholarship offers to offset the cost of tuition and books, provided that students work 600 hours while enrolled in school and commit to working for the Army for four years of civilian service, explains Defense Systems.

Additionally, the DoD launched a Civilian Careers Website in June to help civilians identify career paths and opportunities while also debunking "perceptions that DOD service is solely uniformed service," said Gilbert Cisneros, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, according to Defense Systems.

Meanwhile, the deputy defense secretary's workforce council is also "looking at a range of workforce challenges and impediments, including diversity, sexual assault and child care," reports Defense Systems.