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A 38A Officer is a Civil Affairs Officer is a generalist across a wide range of Civilian related matters. The 38G, and its 18 specific skill identifiers, were created in order to support the Civil Affairs mission with additional professional expertise.
Civil Affairs Officers also rely upon other professionals that are not included in the 18 skill identifiers because the Army already has branches that provide expertise relating to the respective specialty. For this reason, the 38G program does not include specialties relating to medical, veterinarian, religious, international law or a variety of other civilian specialties since there are already civilian experts available to 38A Officers.
38G Military Government Specialists are subject matter experts, technically qualified and experienced individuals, who advise, enable, and assist commanders and their direct civilian counterparts with stabilizing and providing governance expertise until appropriate civilian control is possible.
Within their area of specialization, they possess the critical skills necessary to establish, support, or reestablish capability and capacity, as well as understand the regional and local impact of culture on that capability.
The U.S. Army Reserve, specifically the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), contains the U.S. Army’s only Military Support to Governance (38G) positions.
There are three different echelons of U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs units that have Functional Specialty Teams with assigned Military Support to Governance (38G) Officers:
The Civil Affairs Command Functional Specialty Team supports U.S. Army Corps, Joint Task Forces, and Theater Commands with four Functional Specialty Teams, each with 14 assigned Military Support to Governance (38G) Officers, for a total of 54 assigned officers.
The Civil Affairs Brigade Functional Specialty Team supports U.S. Army Divisions with five assigned Military Support to Governance (38G) Officers.
The Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team supports U.S. Army Brigades with five assigned Military Support to Governance (38G) Officers.
Although the branch has now existed for several years, there were limited professionals that were granted the 38G branch because the specialty was limited to Officers currently holding another Army branch. Generally, civilian specialist that qualified for the branch were too old to join the military and professionals that were young enough to join the military didn’t have adequate experience to qualify as an expert in their field.
With a substantial need for CA Specialist (38G) and the new direct appointment, ability the United States Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) (USACAPOC(A)) is undergoing an aggressive recruiting effort to identify the best in brightest and offer the opportunity to serve in the United States Army Reserve.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CANDIDATE?
Current efforts building the Military Support to Governance (38G) capacity within the U.S. Army Reserve are routine boards conducted by the Civil Affairs proponent - the U.S. Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School, to evaluate civilian experience for direct appointment as a Military Support to Governance (38G) Officer.
INTERESTED IN CREATING A PARTNERSHIP?
Seventy-seven years ago, the U.S. Army, the Harvard Group, and the American Council of Learned Societies worked together to create the original Monuments Men of World War II. We continue to celebrate that success today with our current partnerships with leaders in civilian industry. At this time we are seeking interest in partnering with theses industries:
Current Memorandum of Agreements exist between USACAPOC(A) and Fresno State University, Notre Dame University, Rice University, the Smithsonian, Texas A&M University, the Water Council and the University of Wisconsin.
• 100 percent of DoD’s conventional PSYOP forces
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• 95 percent of DoD’s conventional CA forces
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