U.S. DOD Form dod-opnavinst-1301-10

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U.S. DOD Form dod-opnavinst-1301-10
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DEPARTMENT
OFFICE
OF
THE
CHIEF
2000
NAVY
WASHINGTON,
OF THE
OF
NAVAL
NAVY
OPERATIONS
PENTAGON
D.C.
20350-2000
IN REPLY
OPNAVINST
N3/N5
OPNAV
INSTRUCTION
Chief of Naval Operations
All Ships and Stations
(less Marine
not having Navy personnel attached)
Subj :
NAVY
Ref:
(a) NAVPERS 15559A
(b) OPNAVINST
7220.7D
(C)
OPNAVINST
1520.23B
Encl:
(1) Application
1.
Purpose.
Navy Foreign
2.
TO
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From:
To:
FOREIGN
REFER
AREA OFFICER
Corps
field
addressees
PROGRAM
Procedures
To establish procedures
for the management
Area Officer (FAO) Program.
of the
Background
The United States is a maritime nation with important
a.
security interests at virtually every point of the globe.
U.S.
military
forces have historically
fulfilled a crucial role in
U.S.
protecting
those interests, and also in providing
representation
and presence to foreign nations overseas.
Critical regional expertise is a growing need as our national
The
security focuses on the principles
of global engagement.
rotational,
forward-deployed
nature of our Navy will assume a
The Navy’s
greater part of this engagement policy in the future.
Politico-Military
(pol-mil) Subspecialty
Community has served and
However,
there is also a genuine
will continue to serve us well.
select group of officers who, in the course
need for a separate,
experts.
of their careers, become regional Politico-Military
The Foreign Area Officer
(FAO) Program is designed to
b.
train and develop commissioned
officers to meet worldwide
Navy
requirements
for officers possessing
foreign area expertise.
It
ensures selected officers develop the skills required to manage
and analyze politico-military
activities
with an in-depth
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understanding
of underlying economic, social, cultural,
Using their unique
psychological
and political factors.
military skills, regional expertise,
combination
of professional
FAOS will advance
and pol-mil awareness,
language competency,
interests
in a country or region, and enhance the
Us.
effectiveness
of Navy interactions
with foreign navies, military,
and foreign affairs organizations.
FAOS will be appropriately
apportioned
among four
c.
South Asia; East Asia/Pacific;
regions : Middle East/Africa/
FAO career progression
Western Hemisphere;
and Europe/Eurasia.
tours or
will include language training, regional experience
and service in billets such as defense or
postgraduate
education,
officer, foreign war college
naval attache, security assistance
student or staff, personnel exchange officer, politico–military
staff officer and politico-military
intelligence
analyst within
large, regionally
oriented interagency,
service and joint staffs.
3.
Policy
Active duty office rs from the unrestricted,
Eligibil ity.
a.
restricted
line, and staff corps communi ti es in the grades of O3 through O-6 are eligible to apply for th e FAO Program.
Overseas
assignability
as defined in reference
(a) is a
Completion
of a medical
prerequisite
for the FAO Program.
overseas
screening is not, however, required to be FAO Program
eligible.
b.
Selection
Procedures
(1) The FAO Program Selection Board will be convened
annually by the CHNAVPERS
(PERS-00) and sponsored by the Dep lty
Chief of Naval Operations
(Plans, Policy and Operations)
(N3/N5) .
(2) Applicants
in the grades of O-3 through O-6 will
submit their requests via their commanding
officer to CHNAVPERS
Selection will be
(PERS-442C)
in compliance with enclosure
(l).
based upon the officer’s overall professional
performance,
and
foreign language proficiency
or aptitude, politico-military
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Officers having
area studies education, and regional experience.
graduate education in foreign area studies or international
affairs,
foreign language proficiency
or aptitude,
or
(e.g., Olmsted Scholars,
Personnel
regional/in-country
experience
Exchange Program (PEP) Officers, foreign service college
Naval Postgraduate
School (NPS) - National Security
graduates,
Affairs Area Studies graduates) with or without the attendant
regional pol-mil subspecialty
code (xX18, XX21, XX22, XX23, or
XX24) are highly encouraged to apply.
(3) Each officer selected to the FAO Program will be
awarded a FAO designation
code specifying
a region of expertise
e.g., Middle East/ Africa/ South Asia, East Asia and Pacific,
or Europe/Eurasia)
and language proficiency.
Western Hemisphere,
The designation
code will also be used to indicate the officer’s
(1) language
progress
toward attaining requisite
FAO skills:
and (2) pol-mil education
associated
with the
proficiency;
officer’s
designated
region, or actual regional experience.
When not serving in
c.
Career Progression and Assignment.
billets essential to their officer community,
FAOS will serve in
FAO-designated
billets requiring regional pol-mil expertise.
Career paths and billets (grades O-4 through O-6) to which these
officers will be assigned will be specified by the Deputy Chief
(N3/N5), in
of Naval Operations
(Plans, Policy and Operations)
conjunction
with the Director of Naval Intelligence
(N2) and
O-3 FAO-designees
will be
CHNAVPERS
officer community managers.
FAO training billets during
when possible, to specified
assigned,
shore rotations in order to gain either language training and
in order to be
or postgraduate
education,
regional experience,
CHNAVPERS
distribution
functions
fully FAO-qualified
as an O-4.
(placement/detailing)
will monitor the professional
development
of the individual officer both within that officer’s community
and within the FAO Program.
FAOS will be
Foreign Language Proficiency
Pay (FLPP).
d.
eligible to receive continuous
FLPP regardless
of their current
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provided they maintain
assignment,
the eligibility
criteria contained
4.
language proficiency
in reference
(b) .
meeting
Action
a.
Deputy
Chief
of Naval
Operations
(Manpower
and Personnel)
(Nl)
(1) Coordinate with the OPNAV FAO Program Officer in
N3/N5 and the Office of Naval Intelligence
(ONI-1) in managing
the FAO Program to ensure optimum FAO development
and
utilization.
(2) Assign a Bureau of Naval Personnel
(BUPERS) FAO
Program Placement Officer to coordinate
FAO closed loop
distribution
functions
(placement/detailing)
and to closely
monitor the professional
development
and assignment
of FAOS.
Provide the OPNAV FAO Program Officer on a continuing
basis the
personnel
information
needed for N3/N5 to monitor FAO
Ensure
and for N2 to make attache nominations.
assignments,
appropriate
precept language is contained
in applicable
promotion
board guidance to maintain FAO Program career progression
potential.
Program
actions
(3) Maintain administrative
responsibility
for the FAO
Maintain
records of selection board
Selection Board.
and provide notification
of selectees.
(4) Receive FAO Program applications,
conduct
screening of applicants
for completeness,
and forward
applications
for selection board action.
initial
(5) Following FAO Selection
Board action, assign
appropriate
FAO designation
codes to officers selected for the
FAO Program.
(6) Establish eligibility
requirements
and administer
Maintain
certification
procedures
for FAOS to qualify for FLPP.
an accurate data base of FAO foreign language skills.
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