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  1. Army Foreign Area Officer Program National Military Intelligence Association Fall Symposium 18-19 September 2012 Presented by: LTC Paul DeCecco This Brief is Classified: UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  2. Vision and Core Competencies • Accessions • Initial Development of Army FAOs • Structure/People • Initiatives (Way Ahead) UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  3. FAO Vision “Army Foreign Area Officers are Soldiers grounded in the Profession of Arms; who provide leadershipandexpertise in diverse organizations in joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environments; who advise seniors as regional experts; and who offer unique war fighting competencies―cross-cultural capabilities, interpersonal communications and foreign language skills―that are critical to mission readiness of the Army in today’s dynamic strategic environment.” UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO 3

  4. FA48 Accession Program Accession earlier without compromising eligibility/quality requirements 5 6 7 8 9 10 12 14 16 18 20 FAO UTILIZATION MAJ pin on LTC pin on Training/THS VTIP Start Training • New Accession Program Characteristics • 100% of officers are volunteers (significant change) • Accessed between 5-7 years of commissioned service • Trained as a Captain vice Major • Receive approximately 80 officers per year-group (100% of requirement) • Proponent gets unparalleled input into selection of officers • Officers now start training within 12 months of accession - Typical training start time - MAJ or LTC pin on point - VTIP opportunities • New Accession Program Benefits • Army gets more experienced Majors– 2+ utilization tours as a Major • Army utilization and fill rates increase • Army will be able to better focus resources to meet high demand AOC requirements • Ultimate result is better support to Army, Joint Force and other supported organizations UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  5. FAO Training Foreign Area Officers Key Enablers in Prevent, Shape, Win IRT ILE ACS Language Joint FAO Course Sustainment Intermediate Level Education (ILE) Sustainment Joint FAO Course, Phase I Language Training In-Region Training (IRT) Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) • Career field orientation • 1 week at DLI • Curriculum focused on key FAO missions in the Army and JIIM • OSD funding • Between 26 and 63 weeks • Standard = 2/2/2 • Language dependent on AOC • Immerse officer • 12 months • Country Team Internships • Host-nation PME • Regional travel • Improve language to 3/3 • Regionally focused Master’s Degree • 12-18 months • Large diversity of schools = diversity of thought and networking • Maintain Army connection • Warrior ethos • Army operations • Planning skills • Sustain perishable language skills • Joint FAO Course, Phase II • Ensure breadth and depth of assignments

  6. Force Structure by AOC 48E 48C 48F 48H 48G 48D 48I 48J 48B • Total # of personnel = 1248 officers • 942 billets; increase of 211 from FY03 • 75% of billets Joint • 573 or 61% Billets OCONUS • We have approximately 350 officers in training and another 50-75 deployed for contingency operations UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO Source: Billet data from UAD 1204; Personnel data from TOPMIS Sept 2012

  7. Way Ahead • Accessions program changes • Initial FAO training changes, continual improvement • Advanced Professional Development Program • Secondary AOCs/Shift to Pacific and Mid-East • Quarterly Council of Colonels • FAO Proponent Review and Update policy guidance document (DA PAM 600-3) every two years UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  8. Questions? UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  9. Back up Information UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  10. FAO Structure Distribution 75% of FAO Jobs are Joint 942 Total Billets Structure has grown 204 billets since 2005 UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO

  11. FAO Growth by AOC 2003-2012 48 FAO Growth Initiative AOCs Army FAO Structure has grown 211billets since 2003 to 2012 Greater than 15% Increase Decrease of Auths Between 0-15% Increase UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO 48B 48C 48D 48E 48F 48G 48H 48I 48J 48X