No hands go up, but the offer stands, and the Marines know Neller will be back later that evening for one-on-one conversations.
Marine leaders have been vocal about their desire to build more cyber capabilities into the force.
An expected 1,000-Marine increase built into the Fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is earmarked for the cyber and electronic warfare communities and other skilled specialties.
And Neller, eyeing a complex future fight in which network jamming may be more important than artillery firepower, wants even more.
In a series of conversations with Marines during visits to various deployedunits in late December, he laid out a way forward for the Marine Corps that would ensure the service makes the most of these highly trained, specialized Marines and canvasses the population for all available talent.
“I think it’s going to be, MarForCyber is going to be like going to [U.S. Special Operations Command],” Neller said. “Once you’re in, you never leave; that’s your field.”