The Defense Attaché Office (DAO) is for personnel who want a unique assignment in the service of the United States with the Department of State. The DAO is for personnel who want to expand their horizons by becoming an integral part of the diplomatic team representing the United States in over 100 embassies abroad.
Responsibilities of an Attaché
Being an Attaché is a unique opportunity unlike any other in the military. Attachés are part of an elite corps with four main responsibilities:
· Representing the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the United Forces of the United States abroad.
· Serving as military advisors to the U.S. Ambassador, the personal representative of the United States.
· Reporting on in-country, and regional political-military activities.
· Supporting U.S. military security assistance programs in selected countries.
The Rewards of a Unique Experience
The DAO plays a vital role in supporting the national interests of the United States. During a time of crisis or military contingency, Attachés are often at the center of action. The men and women who have served as Attachés have reaped personal rewards rarely duplicated in any other part of the military service while:
· Coordinating administrative and security matters for all in-country U.S. military.
· Working as part of the embassy’s "Country Team," the Ambassador’s key advisors.
· Perfecting language skills and area knowledge for greater effectiveness.
· Developing a new appreciation for the complexities of the international environment and foreign military doctrine.
Additionally, you will:
· Become involved in the local culture.
· Influence peoples’ opinions and understanding of the United States and its policies.
· Are often the first U.S. citizens a local military official will get to know on a personal basis.
The DAO is looking for individuals who thrive on adventure, challenge, and change, and can adapt easily to the world around them. Attache's must be able to meet the following guidelines:
· Be an E-5 or higher;
· Be able to obtain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance, with a successful counter intelligence scope polygraph exam.
· Be free from NJP or civilian convictions in the last 3 years;
· Have a record free of drug/alcohol abuse;
· All immediate family members must be, U.S. citizens and screen for isolated overseas duty.
· Must meet the minimum DLAB requirement for any assignment requiring language training.
Host country personnel will see the United States as it really is for the first time, through the attaché’s demeanor, reputation, and attitude. This requires a mature individual who is:
· Sensitive to cultural differences.
· Knowledgeable about the mission.
· Able to communicate U.S. Government policies on political-military issues.
Contact the Attache Detailer one year out from your PRD at the earliest to negotiate for locations.
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Department of State and Host Nation information can be found at
Personnel Exchange Program
The Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) provides for a one-for-one exchange between the United States (U.S.) Navy and personnel from other military services, including foreign services. The program objective is to integrate participants into the host organization as though they belonged to the service to which they are assigned, while adhering to applicable technology transfer and classified information disclosure restrictions. As these billets become available they will show up on CMS.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance of 28 countries from North America and Europe committed to fulfilling the goals of the North Atlantic Treaty signed on 4 April 1949. It provides a unique link between these two continents for consultation and cooperation in the field of defense and security, and the conduct of multinational crisis management operations.
NATO is committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. If diplomatic efforts fail, it has the military capacity needed to undertake crisis management operations. These are carried out under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty and/or under a UN mandate, alone or in cooperation with other countries and international organizations.
Flag or staff duty provides the opportunity to work at one of the various COCOM (combatant commander) commands. The largest percentage of billets presently established within these special activities are for the YN, IT, IS and CT ratings (pay grades E-4 thru E-8).