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Civil Affairs Officer - 38A

  • Active/Reserve:Army Reserve
  • Officer/Enlisted:Officer
  • Restrictions:None


Civil affairs officers act as a liaison between the Army and civilian authorities and populations. The civil affairs officer combines regional expertise, language competency, political-military awareness, cross-cultural communication and professional military skills to conduct civil affairs operations and support civil-military operations in support of conventional and special operations forces.

Job Duties

  • Commanding and controlling operations and combined armed forces during combat and peacetime
  • Coordinate employment of civil affairs Soldiers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations
  • Requirements

  • Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
  • Training

    Job training for a civil affairs officer requires completion of a Civil Affairs Officer Qualification Course; where you'll learn about leader responsibilities, mission types, CA tactics and other critical information that leads to success in the first unit of assignment. Training will also include classroom instruction combined with scenario-based practical exercises and a command-post exercise. Qualification is completed with a situational-driven field-training exercise.Select officers will also receive language training and attend a course of study focusing on a specific geographic region.

    Helpful Skills

  • Selfdiscipline
  • Physically fit
  • Perform under physical and mental pressures
  • Make decisions quickly and on your own

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • Skilled Technical (ST): 96
  • Compensation

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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