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FA 30 Career Opportunities

FA 30 Qualification Course (QC)

 

Generally, FA 30 officers will receive initial IO training before they begin an FA 30 assignment. After selection into FA 30, officers will attend the USAIPO FA 30 QC at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The FA 30 QC is the sole credentialing course for FA 30 designated officers. The FA 30 QC develops FA 30 officers with the requisite competencies to serve successfully on staffs at a BCT through Corps HQ. FA 30 officer participation in other Army educational opportunities is based on duty performance and Army requirements (DA Pam 600-3, ch 20-3).

 

Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)

 

Each year FA 30 officers who have completed the FA 30 QC and have completed an operational assignment are eligible to compete for a slot at NPS in Monterey, Calif. NPS is an 18-month long course where graduates receive a Master of Science in Joint Information Operations. The NPS Web site has additional information about their programs: http://www.nps.edu/. Graduates incur a utilization tour and Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) upon completion:

  • Title 10, U.S. Code—Armed Forces; Subtitle A, Part III, Chapter 101, Sec 2005 states “The Secretary concerned shall determine the period of active duty to be served by any person for advanced education. . . .”
  • DODDIR 1322.10 requires Secretaries of military departments ensure officers who have received a fully-funded or partially funded graduate education serve in return on active duty for a minimum of at least three years or three times the length of the program if the program was less than one year. Additional service obligation can be prescribed by the service.

 

NOTE: The new DA Pam 600-3 effective 1 FEB 2010 (page 28) grants ILE equivalency at NPS if officers complete the Naval Distance Education Courses while attending NPS. In addition, they must complete the two-week ILE Prep Course at Fort Leavenworth (P950) prior to attending NPS.

 

 

Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS)

 

High-achieving FA 30 officers who have completed the FA 30 QC and have completed an operational assignment can compete for the chance to attend a 10-12 month course at some high-quality schools (Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Princeton). Each program results in an IO-related Masters Degree. Attendance is based on FA 30 job performance, FA 30 QC performance, GRE scores, and operational requirements. Graduates incur a utilization tour and Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) upon completion:

 

  • Title 10, U.S. Code—Armed Forces; Subtitle A, Part III, Chapter 101, Sec 2005 states “The Secretary concerned shall determine the period of active duty to be served by any person for advanced education. . . .”
  • DODDIR 1322.10 requires Secretaries of military departments ensure officers who have received a fully-funded or partially funded graduate education serve in return on active duty for a minimum of at least three years or three times the length of the program if the program was less than one year. Additional service obligation can be prescribed by the service.

 

Additional information is in the following references:

  • AR 621-1, Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions
  • AR 621-108, Military Personnel Requirements for Civilian Education

 

The following link has additional information on the U.S. Army ACS Program:

http://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Home/Benefit_Library/Federal_Benefits_Page
/Advanced_Civil_Schooling_(ACS).html

 

Training With Industry (TWI)

 

USAIPO developed a TWI program with three civilian firms--Kansas City Chiefs Media and Marketing in Kansas City, Mo.(www.kcchiefs.com), Hill and Knowlton Group in Arlington, Va. (www.hillandknowlton.com/about), and Siemens AG in Iselin, N.J. (www.siemens.com).  FA 30 officers may compete to work at these firms for one year to learn more about their marketing initiatives and targeting methodology that will assist these FA 30 officers later in their career. The officers will incur a utilization tour.

 

The Web site has additional points of contact and links to the following references:

  • Joint Ethics Regulation, DOD 5500.7-R
  • AR 621-1, Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions (provides information on TWI application procedures)
  • AR 621-108, Military Personnel Requirements for Civilian Education

 

NOTE: FA 30 officers will be able to compete to attend the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), Training with Industry (TWI), an Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program or other initiatives (DA Pam 600-3, ch 20-3). USAIPO and HRC FA 30 manager will develop an OML from all qualified submissions. (Specific civil school programs are governed by AR 621-1.)

 

 

1st IO BN CMD Selection

 

Lieutenant colonels will have the opportunity to compete for command of 1st Battalion, 1st Information Operations Command per DA Pam 600-3, ch 20-3. This is not a DA selected command position. Eligible population is all MAJ/P thru LTC FA 30 officers that are eligible to PCS to Fort Belvoir. Eligible officers will be notified by email and notice will be posted on FA 30 HRC Web site. Officers must volunteer to compete and files will be looked at in an “as is” state.

 

A selection panel reviews eligible Officers and selects the next Commander.  The selection panel will consist of 6-8 colonels approved by HRC with a General Officer selection panel president.

 

After the panel has made its selection, HRC will make available related statistics from the selection panel and process.

 

The selection is an “opt-in/out” process, where officers within the window for consideration will need to send an e-mail to the FA 30 Assignment Officer declaring their intent to be considered by the panel.

 

The e-mail should read accordingly: "I wish to be considered by the 1st IO Battalion Selection Panel for selection to Command 1st Battalion, 1st Information Operations Command (Land). I provide consent for the panel to view my Officer Record Brief (ORB), Official DA Photo, previous Officer Evaluation Reports and any derogatory information that is contained within my Officer Professional Management File."
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"I do not wish to be considered by the 1st IO Battalion Selection Panel."

 

1st IO BDE CMD Selection

 

FA 30 colonels may compete to command 1st Information Operations Command per DA Pam 600-3, ch 20-3. This is not a DA selected command position. Eligible population is all LTC/P thru COL FA 30 officers that are eligible to PCS to Fort Belvoir. Eligible officers will be notified by email and notice will be posted on FA30 HRC Web site. Officers must volunteer to compete and files will be looked at in an “as is” state.

 

 


 

Last Reviewed: December 18, 2013

 
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