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Civilian recruits, current Army Soldiers, and Army officers must fulfill different initial requirements to join Civil Affairs. To determine your eligibility, please read the following information carefully.

Joining the Army as a Civil Affairs Soldier
If you are interested in joining the Army and becoming a Civil Affairs Soldier, you must meet the following basic requirements:

  • You must pass an Army Physical Fitness Test and clear height/weight standards
  • You must have a PULHES 111221 or better
  • You must have an Enlisted Record Brief/Officer Record Brief
  • You must be within the rank of specialist or sergeant
  • You must have passed the Basic Leaders Course (NCOs only)
  • You must have an ASVAB TECH score 107 or above
  • You must have a Defense Language Aptitude Battery score of 65 or higher
  • You must meet time in service/time in grade requirements:
  • SPC: no less than one year TIS and no more than four years TIS and three years TIG
  • SGT: no less than two years TIS and no more than six years TIS and three years TIG
  • Be eligible for a Secret security clearance (security clearance is not required to attend)

Joining the Civil Affairs Branch as an Officer
In order to qualify as a Civil Affairs officer, you must have the following additional qualifications:

  • Be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance under provisions of AR 380-67
  • Be a first lieutenant in a targeted Year Group.
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree
  • Have a Defense Language Aptitude Battery score of 85 or higher
  • Have a valid DA photo


In addition to the above requirements, you should have the following skills:

  • An interest in travelling 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
  • You must be a problem solver with an understanding of secondary and tertiary affects
  • Adaptive thinker, able to thrive in complex and ambiguous situations
  • Mental flexibility and a willingness to innovate in unstructured environments with little guidance
  • Ability to organize and analyze information
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, in writing and verbally

Learn more about the Civil Affairs team