Description: This is an interactive web-based course that provides OPSEC awareness for military members, government employees, contractors and dependents. 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.

Course Resources: Access this course’s resources

Learning Objectives: After completing this training students will be able to:

  • Recognize the five-step OPSEC Process.
  • Recognize that unclassified indicators may lead an adversary to discover classified and unclassified critical information.
  • Recognize vulnerabilities.
  • Take reasonable precautions to protect Critical Information.

Length: 45 minutes

Target Audience: The target audience for this training includes the following:

  • Members of the United States military services
  • Civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DoD)
  • DoD Contractor employees
  • Other employees of the U.S. government
  • Others affiliated with the U.S. Government, including military dependents

Clearance Requirements: None


  • Clearance Requirements: N/A
  • Attendance Requirements: N/A
  • Exam Requirements: Students must complete online course in order to print a certificate of successful completion.

Prerequisites: None

Credits Recommended/Earned:

  • ACE Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): In association with GS101.01, GS101.10
  • Professional Development Units per SPēD: N/A

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.

CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.