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FAO Requirements 

Fully Qualified FAO

Requirements for designation as a Fully-Qualified FAO:

  • Completion of Master's degree level of Pol-Mil/National Security Affairs type studies or documentation of a constructive credit waiver for the assigned AOR.
  • Documented language skills in a major language of assigned region (minimum 2/2 as scored on a DLPT).
  • Completion of (at least) six months in a FAO assignment or In-Country Training (ICT).

Lateral Transfer/Redesignation to FAO

Officers interested in redesignating to the FAO Community should visit the PERS-4801G webpage for general information and procedures relative to lateral transfer/redesignation boards.

FAO Application Requirements

All applicants must have:

  • Overseas suitability screening completed (to NAVCENT standards)
  • SF-86 completed indicating eligibility for TS/SCI clearance.
  • Minimum of eight years of commissioned service (limited waivers granted by OCM on case-by-case basis for highly-qualified candidates).
  • Minimum standard DLAB score (currently 95)
  • Candidates should be within 18 months of PRD to be accepted as a FAO.
  • Candidates must be available for overseas PCS at next PRD.

*Applicants with demonstrated language proficiency and/or a completed Masters Degree in a Pol-Mil/Foreign Affairs discipline are advantaged in the selection process.


QUESTIONS?  Contact the FAO Community Manager.



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