USACAPOC(A) RECRUITING RESOURCES 

Welcome to the recruiting information source for the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne)!

Here you will find FAQ's, points of contact for USACAPOC(A) recruiting information as well as points of contact and links for the U.S. Army Recruiting Command and the Army Reserve Careers Group.

The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) has positions in the fields of Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations all over the U.S. waiting for the right candidate.


For more info on joining the USACAPOC(A) Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations teams, contact us via email at:

Civil Affairs: usarmy.usarc.usacapoc.list.ca-recruiting@mail.mil
Psychological Operations: usarmy.usarc.usacapoc.list.po-recruiting@mail.mil

Reach us by phone at (910) 432-5948

Join the USACAPOC(A) Team:

The U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) has positions in the fields of Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations all over the U.S. waiting for the right candidate.


USACAPOC(A) FAQs:

As an Army Reserve Civil Affairs (CA) Soldier, you will be trained in both tactical skills and an understanding of the civil-social dynamics and populace behaviors that affect military operations. As a "Warrior-Diplomat," you will use civil affairs training to inform and influence military operations while working directly with indigenous populations, civil institutions, interagency organizations, and unified action partners. "Secure the Victory!"

Why Civil Affairs?

Civil Affairs (CA) Soldiers and Officers are uniquely qualified with tactical skills enhanced by an understanding of the civil-social dynamics and populace behaviors that can affect military operations. Often called “Warrior-Diplomats,” these highly qualified Soldiers use their understanding of the civil component to inform and influence the host nation and to effectively work with indigenous populations, civil institutions, interagency organizations, and interagency partners. CA Soldiers are an integral part of the Army Reserve’s current and future strategy to prevent, shape and win future conflicts

What does a Civil Affairs Officer (38A) do?

Civil Affairs (CA) officers serve as planners, coordinators and liaisons between their units and civil authorities to enhance military operations. Officer positions in CA typically start at the rank of Captain and typically serve as a CA team leader. CA officer training includes a prior completed Captains Career Course (CCC), or Civil Affairs CCC, held at Ft. Bragg, NC. CA CCC is conducted as a three-phase course. Phase 1 (4 day) is only required if you have no prior CCC, phase 2 is 11 days, phase 3 is 14 days. All three phases are conducted as resident courses.

What does a Civil Affairs Specialist (38B) do?

Civil Affairs (CA) Specialists conduct, coordinate, participate in, and supervise the analysis, planning, and production of CA related products and resources for tactical CA operations. 38B initial entry training (IET) is 10 weeks of Basic Training followed by 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Reclassification for current USAR Soldiers, at the rank of Staff Sergeant and below, is 29 days.

Are there special qualifications to join?

38A officers typically start in the rank of First Lieutenant to Major (w/grade waiver); possess a Physical Profile Serial System PULHES 111221 and are required to have eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance. 38B enlisted Soldiers must have a minimum ASVAB ST score of 105 after 01 July 2004 or GT score of 107 after 01 Feb 2015. Soldiers must also be eligible for a Secret security clearance.

What opportunities do CA Soldiers have?

Civil Affairs Soldiers attend annual training events and overseas exercises in joint and multi-national environments. Based on unit requirements there may be opportunities for language training, airborne school, or additional military education. Missions can include humanitarian relief efforts, liaison to civilian support agencies, provision of non-lethal effects of influence, a deep knowledge base of culture, people, and language, as well as offering support of synchronized efforts between the U.S. military and host nation governments and organizations.

What incentives are there?

Incentives vary according to unit, location, and current policy, but can include enlistment / affiliation bonuses, lodging at home station, reimbursement of travel expenses (depending on distance to home station), foreign language proficiency pay, jump pay, tuition assistance, education benefits, and eligibility for Tricare Reserve Health and Dental and Army Reserve Retirement Savings Plan.

As an Army Reserve Psychological Operations (PsyOp) Soldier, you will become an expert at persuasion. You will assess and develop the information needed to inform, educate, persuade, direct, and influence foreign audiences and populations. You'll broadcast important information through various mediums to directly and indirectly engage foreign governments, militaries, and civilian populations.

What are Psychological Operations Soldiers?

As well as being technically and tactically proficient, Psychological Operations Soldiers are subject matter experts in the psychological aspects of warfare, the influencing of individuals and groups, joint and interagency operations, planning, operations, and intelligence. They understand the concept of the human domain and operations conducted within that domain, and further understand and are capable of employing Army and joint doctrine in planning and operations. PSYOP Soldiers are also capable of planning and conducting Military Information Support Operations (MISO) at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels across the competition continuum.

What does a Psychological Operations Officer (37A) do?

Officers in the Psychological Operations career field plan, coordinate, and manage the execution of Psychological Operations, understand the human domain and operations conducted within, are proficient in tactical-level operations, are capable of planning and conducting MISO at the tactical, operational and strategic levels, and are experts in the psychological aspects of warfare and influence. Officers within the PO branch initially serve as PYSOP Detachment Leaders. PO training includes Psychological Operations Captains Career Course (CCC) and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Qualification. CCC is conducted as a three-phase course. Phase 1 (resident) is 4 days and only required if the officer has no prior CCC. If the officer has completed a prior CCC, then it is necessary to only complete Phase 2 and Phase 3. Phase 2 (non-resident) is 18 weeks of facilitated distance learning and Phase 3 is 29 days resident training at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

What does a Psychological Operations Specialist (37F) do?

Psychological Operations Specialists (37F) plan, analyze, develop, design, distribute, disseminate, and evaluate Psychological Operations products and messaging across the competition continuum. 37F initial entry training (IET) is 10 weeks of Basic Training, followed by 10 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Reclassification for current USAR Soldiers, at the rank of Staff Sergeant and below, is 29 days.

Are there special qualifications to join?

Psychological Operations Officers (37A) generally begin at the rank of First Lieutenant or Captain; possess a Physical Profile Serial System PULHES 111221, and are required to have a Top Secret (TS) security clearance eligibility. 37F enlisted must have a minimum ASVAB ST score of 101 after 01 July 2004 or a GT score of 105 for those joining after 01 July 2020. Enlisted Soldiers must also be eligible for a Secret security clearance.

What opportunities do PSYOP Soldiers have?

Psychological Operations Soldiers attend annual training events and overseas exercises in joint and multi-national environments. Based on unit requirements, there may be opportunities for language training, airborne school, or additional military education. Missions can include humanitarian relief efforts, liaison to civilian support agencies, provision of nonlethal effects of influence, a deep knowledge base of culture, people and language, as well as offering support of synchronized efforts between the U.S. military and host nation governments and organizations.

What incentives are there?

Incentives vary according to unit, location, and current policy, but can include enlistment and affiliation bonuses, lodging at home station, reimbursement of travel expenses (dependent on distance to home station), foreign language proficiency pay, jump pay, tuition assistance, education benefits, eligibility for Tricare Reserve Health and Dental, and the Army Reserve Retirement Savings Plan.


38G Program FAQ's:

What are 38Gs?

38Gs are subject matter experts that serve as Civil Affairs (CA) Officers specializing in one (or more) of the 18 skill identifiers “SI.

Where can I read more about Civil Affairs and my specialty in particular?

A Google search of “Army Civil Affairs” will provide countless articles and other sources of information. There will no specific information relating to your functional specialties since the concept is relatively new. If you do begin reading Civil Affairs related articles and stories you’ll recognize components of your specialty directly or indirectly embedded in previous missions and trainings. The Army doctrine and official guide for Civil Affairs is FM3-57.

Is this a new program?

Yes and No. During WW2 Civil Affairs Officers were often specialized based on their civilian skill sets. A good example of these specialized CA Officers was told in the movie Monument’s Men. The movie tells the story of antiquity experts being commissioned to assist in the locating, authenticating, transporting and returning works of art that were stolen by the German Army during the course of the war. Following WW2, the Army moved away from CA Specialist and the CA Officers were general in nature, designated as “38As.” A review of the branch, 6-7 years ago, led to the return of the CA specialist concept (38G) in order to assist the general Civil Affairs Officers (38A).

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 a specialist.

In 2019, Secretary of Defense Esper directed the services to use direct appointment authority in order to fill vacant positions with civilians that meet certain criteria. The direct appointment process has most frequently been used by the Army Medical Department of the US Army for Physicians, Chaplain Corps for Clergy and JAG for attorneys.

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.

What does a typical drill weekend look like?

Your activity on a drill weekend will vary monthly and may be different based on your leadership and personal initiative. If you have to fly into drill, or drive long distances, a hotel room will be provided for you on Friday night. It’s up to the individual Officer to determine his travel arrangements. In general, a morning formation will begin on Saturday at 0700 and accountability will be taken and leadership will put out the plan for the day. The plan is reiterating the schedule since it will be provided by email in advance. Following formation, varying task and trainings are completed. Trainings for 38Gs will largely be driven by the 38G community and because of the new nature of the branch training ideas are welcome.

Recent examples of training include computer simulated war games prepared by professors at the University of Pittsburg that simulate internally displaced persons moving across a region and other hostile forces creating civil disruptions that Coalition Forces have to mitigate. There is also administrative work required such as performance evaluations and record updates. Twice a year physical fitness test are conducted.

A portion of training will be on elementary Soldiering proficiencies such as weapons training. Once a year, a weekend will be dedicated weapons training. Other training may include convoy training, setting up your section organizationally and case studies of previous missions. Each unit is aligned with a geographical Command and updates may be included in a drill bringing Soldiers up to speed on emerging issues. You may be tasked (or take the initiative) to prepare a brief (1/2 page or 1 slide) summary of what significant events have occurred in your area of focus in the area your unit is assigned to support.

Ideally you’ll take initiative with the your fellow 38Gs across the CACOMs and develop your own training plans and learn from each other. This is a rare component of the military where you are encouraged to create your own products, studies and resources since you’re bringing the expertise the Army currently does not possess.

Drill weekends typically conclude no later than 5PM on Sunday evening. Individuals that have limited flight options and have to depart a couple hours early are typically granted that flexibility.

What are the general eligibility requirements?

USCitizen

Master’sDegree(Waivercanbegranted)Waiversaremostcommonlygrantedto individualsthat havehighdemandlanguageskillsand/orequivalent experience.

Minimum4years’experienceintheSI.

YOUR RELEVANT EXPERIENCE HAS TO FOLLOW YOUR MASTERS DEGREE

Younger than 50 years old

Eligible for a Secret Security Clearance

Not previously dishonorably discharged

Pass a physical exam at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)

What if I can’t make a drill weekend or training?

Excuses for trainings are commonly granted. You do not want to consistently miss your units training for a variety of reasons, but if family or civilian career priorities arise, there is a process to request making up a training or be excused from training. The decision to grant the request is at the discretion of your immediate supervisor and Company Commander.

How is performance evaluated?

Your performance is evaluated on an annual basis by your “rater” and “senior rater.” Your rater, who is your supervisor will rate you on the following during the rating period: character, presence (physical fitness, confidence), intellect, leadership, development (creates a positive workplace environment, develops others and self) and achievements (getting results).

The senior rater will determine how you compare to other Officers in your grade. The senior rater can only rate the top 49% of his Officers at your rank as “Most Qualified.” The other 51% of Officers are rated as either highly qualified, qualified or not qualified.

Do I have to move units eventually?

Most Army Officers are encouraged to change units every 2-3 years. 38Gs are not required to change units, but can change units if they so desire. There are limited 38G positions available within the US Army Reserves so there are currently no units to experience outside of USACAPOC higher echelons.

Where are the units that have 38G positions available?

At present 38G positions are available at every Civil Affairs Bn, Brigade and CACOM. A CACOM is a Civil Affairs Command and is led by a Brigadier General. The CACOM locations are as follows and they support the identified UCC (Unified Combatant Command):

350CACOM: Pensacola, FL (USSOUTHCOM)

351CACOM: Mountain View, CA (USPACOM) 352CACOM: Fort Mead, MD (USCENTCOM)

353CACOM: Staten Island, NY (USEUCOM)(USAFRICOM)

The breakdown of units that are part of USACAPOC and their respective units are detailed here:

 

We can currently place you in units at the Battalion and Brigade level which may offer more convenient locations for you. There are discussions that may eliminate these positions at the lower levels and concentrate them at the CACOM level. In the event this does occur, it is likely the CACOM and subordinate Commands would work with you to arrange a hybrid training plan that allows for a portion of your trainings to be conducted at your previously assigned Civil Affairs Battalion and Brigade. The decision as to the degree of flexibility is at the discretion of your chain of command.

Will the Army Reimburse me for travel?

As long as funds are available, the Army will reimburse you for travel expenses up to $500 a month if you live greater than 150 miles from the post. In addition, the Army will provide lodging as well. Although reimbursement has been consistent, over the past several years Officers are reminded this program is not an entitlement and there have been years when the funds have been depleted.

 

What is the process to be accepted into the program if I am not currently serving in the US Army? (Members already serving in the US Army must follow the process set forth in MILPER 19-251, a copy can be provided if you are unable to access MilSuite)

The first step is to create your packet for the 38G direct commissioning board. Your packet will consist of the following:

  1. Direct Appointment Application. The form will be provided. The form request 3 references. The references can be the same parties as your letters of recommendation (see below) or separate individuals.

 

  1. CV/Resume. No mandated required format, but it must include the specific months worked (ie March 2012 – September 2015, rather than 2012-2015). Professional experience is a key aspect of Direct Commission candidacy, so you are encouraged to include all relevant details;

 

  1. Narrative essay (750 words): This should be a statement that can be read and digested rapidly by members of the board, an overall statement of purpose highlighting what the candidate thinks are your strongest “selling points” for Direct Commission and what your fundamental motivation is. Please sign.

 

  1. 3 Letters of Recommendation. The letters should be addressed to the "the members of the 38G Direct Commissioning Board" and should speak to your eligibility to be an officer in the US Army and your competence relating to the 38G skill identifier you are seeking. The letters of recommendation are to be accepted by you and included in your packet. The references do not have to send their recommendations to a designated email or address. Have the recommendations signed.

 

  1. Scans of transcripts and diplomas. We do not need official sealed paper copies of transcripts sent to us via postal mail. Applicants should scan and send transcripts for all colleges and universities attended.

Transcripts must include the following:

  1. all courses attended and grades received
  2. proof of degree conferral
  3. date of degree conferral
  4. grading policy and scale

 

  1. DD214 (Only applicable to prior service members) Please redact your SS# on your DD214 to ensure your personal identifiable information is not compromised over unclassified email systems.

 

Put your files into a single pdf file in the order presented above. Send the packet to USACAPOC(A) Strategic Initiatives Group Manager Dale.p.Kooyenga.mil@mail.mil.

 

What type of shape do I need to be in?

All candidates must be able to perform and meet the minimum physical fitness criteria as graded by the Army’s ACFT:

https://www.army.mil/acft/

Candidates must also meet the Army’s height and weight standards found here:

 

http://www.apft-standards.com/height-and-weight-standards/male/

How long is the commitment?

8 years. 6 years with standard Army Reserve training requirements and an additional 2 years in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) where you can be called up for service but are not required to attend trainings. After your initial commitment if you decide to stay in the Army you can serve up until your mandatory retirement date (MRD) or discontinue service at any time. Being called into service from the IRR is extremely rare, but the likelihood would increase in the event of a major conflict.

How flexible is the timing of training?

The training plan for the year is provided the summer before the new training year. The training year is consistent with the federal fiscal calendar, which begins October 1, and ends September

30. The training calendar provides sufficient time to plan around the trainings.

There is a process to make up trainings if you have significant personal conflicts. The approval of the alternative training plan is at the discretion of your assigned Chain of Command. Some weekends are easier to make-up than others. For example, a weekend that involves weapons training is difficult to make up because of the access to ranges.

Can I select what unit I serve in?

Yes. Whenever you enter a unit the in-coming unit needs to accept you, and unlike the active duty component, you also agree to be part of that unit. Since there are many empty 38G slots it’s almost guaranteed that the Commander of the unit you want to serve with will accept your request.

What is the pay?

Pay is dependent on your rank and cumulative time in service. Compensation information can be found here:

https://www.goarmy.com/reserve/benefits/money.html

What are the benefits?

Benefits information can be found here: https://www.goarmy.com/reserve/benefits.html How is my rank determined?

If the direct commissioning board grants you a commission, your commission will be a Captain, Major or Lt Colonel based on your education, civilian experience, military experience (if applicable) and other certifications and criteria outlined here:

DoD Directive 1312.03

What will the frequency of my training look like?

In addition to the one weekend a month and two weeks a year 38G recruits that are not already commissioned officers will be required to attend a 5-6 week direct appointment class that will

 

teach them Army customs and courtesies, organization and basic Soldier proficiencies. The class will be similar in format to the class attorneys (JAG) and medical professionals are required to take prior to receiving their commission.

The timing of this class will be late fall 2020 or early 2021. There will be multiple class date options and you can select a class date that works with your other commitments. The class needs to be completed within 18 months of being commissioned. You can train with your assigned unit before completing the class.

The second professional Officer’s Course will follow the direct appointment class (if you did not receive a waiver). The second course will be more Civil Affairs specific and will be conducted on-line in order to accommodate working professionals. Following the on-line portion there would be a 5-7 day culminating exercise at the Army War College. The specifics on this class are still under development. This second course doesn’t have to be completed in the same year as the direct appointment school.

Your Officer’s Classes noted above count towards your 2 weeks of annual duty. If a Candidate would prefer to do both these trainings and the 2 week exercise with their units that can be accommodated.

Can a 38G Command a unit?

Yes, if the 38G is interested in the opportunity and the board assigns the Officer to a unit. It is very unlikely that a 38G without prior military experience would be selected as a Commander.

It is also noteworthy that the US Army Reserve Command (USARC) has thousands of branch immaterial positions available. Branch immaterial means the position does not require a specific branch and any qualified Officer may hold the position. Although these possibilities exist, newly appointed 38G Officer are expected to serve in the 38G roll for at least 3 years before seeking 38A or branch immaterial positions.

Can I be deployed?

Yes, being deployed is always a possibility when joining the Army Reserves. However, there are no indications it’s the intent of the Commanders to deploy 38G’s in the near future. 38G’s are not prevalent at the tactical level and 38G concentrated at higher levels of the Civil Affairs Command are less likely to be deployed as a unit. A 38G can be a useful resource remotely, which makes them more useful to subordinate units around the world without utilizing a deployment. In conclusion, deployment is a possibility but not a certainty.

Can a 38G serve on active duty?

Currently 38G positions are unique to the Army Reserves and there are no active duty positions. Although this is subject to change in the future the vast majority of 38G’s will always be in the Reserves by the nature of the specialty. If a 38G spent too much time on active duty they risk losing their everyday connections with their private sector field and network which is the strength they bring to the force in the first place.

Can I change my mind after submitting a packet?

Yes. Your contract only becomes binding after you have accepted the formal offer of commission which occurs after Human Resources Command has completed processing,

 

security clearance investigation and medical in-processing. Until this process is complete, which will take some time, a candidate can withdraw from consideration.

I was already a Commissioned Officer, but resigned my Commission.  Do I have to attend the Direct Commissioning Course again?

If you’ve resigned your Army commission in the last two years you do not have to attend the direct commission course. If you’ve resigned your commission previous to the last two years, there is a process by which the JFK Special Warfare Center and School Commanding General can waive the requirement based on the time as a Commissioned Officer, duration of time away from service and other factors. Candidates will be notified of a waivers approval before they commit to their service obligation.

When I examine the detail of my specialty, I don’t have experience in every attribute detailed, is this a problem?

No. The program understands that there are specialist within the functional specialist. This is why each functional specialty will eventually be aligned with an institution. The first specialty to reach this milestone is the 6V Cultural Heritage specialty which has partnered with the Smithsonian. The institutional partnerships, coupled with collaborative technology, means you’ll be able to present problems among your military counterparts and the aligned institution. If there are other high level professionals you believe should be part of the collaborative effort you’ll be empowered to invite them to participate in the collaboration.

What are my employer’s responsibilities with respect to reserve service?

The vast majority of civilian employers are supportive of employee’s service in the Reserves, but that is not always the case. There are federal laws that protect reservist from certain adverse actions related to an employee’s military service. The law covering your rights are commonly referred to as the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, or USERRA. The protections include refusing to hire you because you’re in the reserves, or firing you because you’re in the reserves. It is recommended you have an honest dialogue with your employer regarding your wishes to join the Army Reserves as the commitment will require additional flexibility. Additional information can be provided upon request from an Army JAG officer if you have specific concerns.

If you have additional questions please email:

email: MAJ Dale Kooyenga

38G Capabilities Development Manager

Strategic Initiatives Group USACAPOC(A)

Dale.P.Kooyenga.mil@mail.mil