International and Civil Affairs Officers

Military Career

General Information

Description

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.

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Work Environment

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

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
  • Scientific Research and Development Services
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

International and Civil Affairs Officers in the Military

17,685

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Salary

Average Salary

$107,717

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Doctoral degree 73%
  • Master's degree 13%
  • Bachelor's degree 6%
  • Post baccalaureate 3%
  • Post-doctoral training 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

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. 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. Job-specific training content may include: Political and cultural awarenessDevelopment of foreign area expertise and language proficiencyOrganization and functions of diplomatic missions

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Knowledge

  • Law and Government
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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