Skip navigation links
Boards
Career Info
Officer
Enlisted
Support & Services
Organization
Reference Library
Skip navigation links
Augmentation
Career Counseling
Career Toolbox
Education
Enlisted Career Admin
Language & Culture
AFPAK Hands
Announcements
APAC Hands
CLPM Corner
FAO Community
Governing Policies
Learning Resources
PEP
Recommended Links
Limited Duty
Officer Career Prog
Pay and Benefits
Performance Evaluation
Personnel Conduct and Separations
Records Management
Reserve Personnel Mgmt
Retirement/TDRL
Transition
FAO Community 
 

LREC

Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) are the Navy's maritime international engagement professionals, providing a unique combination of operational experience, cultural knowledge, and language expertise to the fleet.  Directly supporting the National and Maritime Strategies, FAOs are force multipliers, forging critical global relationships through persistent and credible presence in 70 countries. 

FAOs are assigned to and gain specialized LREC skills (Master’s Degree, Language, extensive In-Region Experience) within the five Geographic Combatant Command areas of responsibility: CENTCOM, PACOM, SOUTHCOM, EUCOM, and AFRICOM.

FAOs are assigned globally and fill a wide range of Pol-Mil oriented positions including: Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché, Naval Attaché, Security Assistance Officer, Joint, Fleet and Interagency Staffs, as well as Liaison Officers to foreign militaries.  FAOs have opportunities to attend foreign war colleges as students or work with our foreign partners via multiple bilateral Personnel Exchange Programs.

Entering its 9th year as a community, FAO has grown to 300 officers and is expected to reach Full Operational Capability (FOC) by FY 2019 with a force of approximately 400 officers strong.  Officers are accessed into the community via the Active Duty Lateral Transfer and Redesignation Board.  The FAO Community seeks officers with 8-12 Years of Commissioned Service (YCS), with waivers granted on a case-by-case basis for officers with 6 to 8 YCS, from the Unrestricted Line communities.  Qualified Restricted Line and Staff Corps officers may also apply.  Qualified applicants must be due course and have demonstrated sustained superior performance within their parent warfighting community as well as strong international experience and linguistic aptitude.

For further information regarding the community, please visit the community website listed at the right and contact the FAO Community Manager at (901) 874-3694.

For further information regarding the language resources available to FAOs, please contact the FAO Community Language Program Manager, (703)604-5531 (DSN 664-5531).

NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND: 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington TN 38055-0000 
Comments? Suggestions? Call 866-U-ASK-NPC or Email the Webmaster | Updated:12/17/2014 12:48 PM 


FOIA | US Navy | No Fear Act | USA.gov | Privacy Policy  |  Accessibility / Section 508 | Site Map