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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 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, Sergeant or Staff Sergeant
  • You must have an ASVAB TECH score 107 or above
  • 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 or Captain in a targeted year group
  • Possess a baccalaureate degree
  • Have a valid DA photo


In addition to the above requirements, Civil Affairs seeks individuals with 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
  • Adaptive thinker, able to thrive in complex and ambiguous situations
  • Ability to analyze information and communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing


  • Specialized training
  • Unique missions
  • More than $50,000 to further your education
  • 30 days of vacation per year
  • Complete medical and dental care
  • Leadership skills

Learn more about the Civil Affairs team