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Foreign Area Officer

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.

Lateral Transfer/Redesignation to FAO (1710)

The next Lateral/Redesignation Board will be held on 25 August 2020. Lateral Transfer Packages are due by 13 July 2020. Officers interested in redesignating to the FAO Community should visit the Lateral Transfer webpage for general information and procedures relative to lateral transfer/redesignation boards. 

Applications must include:

  1. Current overseas suitability screening for applicant and all dependents, showing world-wide assignability to CENTCOM (NSA Bahrain) standards, documented on NAVPERS 1300/16 'Report of Suitability For Overseas Assignments'.
  2. Proof of TS/SCI clearance eligibility (letter from SSO).
  3. Personal Statement including ranked AOR preferences (see 'FAO Lateral Transfer Application Template' on lower right hand side of this page for more information)
  4. Documentation of DLAB score 110 or higher (scores between 95 to 109 will be considered on a case by case basis).

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of commissioned service (YCS). 
  2. Candidates should be within 18 months of PRD to be accepted as a FAO.
  3. Candidates must be available for overseas PCS at next PRD.
  4. Officers applying for lateral transfer into the FAO community are required to complete an interview with a designated Navy O6 FAO prior to the application deadline for the board (TBD, but expect a late June or early July 2020 submission deadline for the August 2020 board). Contact the FAO OCM NLT 15 days prior to the application submission deadline to schedule your interview.

For further information regarding the community please contact the FAO Community Manager.

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