OPSEC Awareness for Military Members, DOD Employees and Contractors

Maintenance has been completed for the OPSEC Awareness Course. Please note this version contains no audio and no video. ** Attention ** Please be aware that completion of GS130.16 “As is” does not satisfy all of DOD policy requirements for initial or annual OPSEC Training.  Initial and annual OPSEC Training must include training on your organizational-specific critical information as well.  Please contact your Component OPSEC Program Manager for more information.

This web-based course provides OPSEC awareness for military members, government employees, and contractors. The course provides information on the basic need to protect unclassified information about operations and personal information to ensure safe and successful operations and personal safety.

NOTE 1: If this is a prerequisite course or part of a program. STEPP is the CDSE's Learning Management System portal for all its security courses. Taking the course through STEPP ensures your course completion is recorded on your student transcript. This can then be used as proof of completion for requesting ACE Credits or Continuing Education Units. You may register for the course/exam via STEPP.


  1. You may attempt this course an unlimited number of times.
  2. The quiz must be completed from start to finish in a single session. There is no bookmarking available.
  3. You must receive a passing score (75%) in order to receive a certificate for this course.
  4. You must print or save a local copy of the certificate as proof of course completion. CDSE does not maintain records of course completions.

This course is best viewed in Edge or Chrome. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer you may need to go to Internet Options > Security tab > Trusted sites and add "https://securityawareness.usalearning.gov/".


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