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CIVIL AFFAIRS ELIGIBILITY

 

New recruits have the opportunity to join Civil Affairs with a job contract (MOS). Additionally, current Army Soldiers and Officers can request to switch to the Civil Affairs branch. Depending on which way you enter, there are different requirements you’ll need to have in order to join.

JOINING THE ARMY AS A CIVIL AFFAIRS SOLDIER–INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING PATHWAY

The Initial Entry Training pathway allows new Soldiers to enter the Army with a contract for the Civil Affairs Military Occupation Specialty (MOS).

To join Army Civil Affairs as a new recruit, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or resident alien
  • Must be at least 22 years old (waivers are available)
  • Must have at least 24 college semester hours (waivers are available)
  • Pass a physical medical exam
  • Have an ASVAB TECH score of 107 or above (waivers are available)

JOINING THE CIVIL AFFAIRS BRANCH AS A CURRENT ACTIVE-DUTY SOLDIER

To join Army Civil Affairs as a current active-duty Soldier, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Pass an Army Physical Fitness Test and clear height and weight standards
  • Be within the rank of Private First Class, Specialist, Sergeant, or Staff Sergeant
  • Meet Time-in-Service and Time-in-Grade requirements
  • Be eligible for a Secret security clearance

JOINING THE CIVIL AFFAIRS BRANCH AS AN ACTIVE-DUTY OFFICER

To join Army Civil Affairs as a current active-duty Officer, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance
  • Have obtained the rank of First Lieutenant or Captain
  • Have a valid DA identification photo

HELPFUL SKILLS FOR A CAREER IN CIVIL AFFAIRS

Beyond basic requirements, these are the skills and interests that can set you apart as a Civil Affairs candidate:

  • An interest in traveling extensively and working with foreign militaries or government agencies
  • The desire to learn a foreign language and immerse yourself in foreign cultures
  • The ability to effectively operate as a member of a small team
  • You must be self-disciplined and self-reliant, without needing extensive oversight
  • Adaptive thinker, able to thrive in complex and ambiguous situations
  • Ability to analyze information and communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing

BENEFITS AND REWARDS OF A CAREER IN CIVIL AFFAIRS

A career in Civil Affairs offers advantages that will benefit you during and after your military service:

  • Specialized training in diplomacy, governance, foreign languages, negotiation, and more
  • Unique missions and the opportunity to travel around the world
  • Invaluable leadership skills