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International and Civil Affairs Officers


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Work Environment

International and civil affairs officers work mainly in offices of U.S. embassies and missions located overseas.

  • Military Status


  • Average Military Salary



International and civil affairs officers have extensive in-country experience in a designated region. They build effective relationships with governments, militaries, and locals and they support a variety of international engagement activities, from humanitarian relief to intelligence collection. They serve as primary advisors to government agencies across service branches on all stages of operations planning because of their regional and cultural expertise.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Job training for international and civil affairs officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
  • Interest in collecting and analyzing data
  • Interest in living and working in a foreign country
  • Interest in working closely with people

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