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Marines


International Affairs Program
International Affairs Program Strategy and Plans Division Plans, Policies and Operations

 

The Marine Corps International Affairs Programs (IAP) identifies, develops and manages a professionalized cadre of subject matter experts in regionally focused political-military affairs who will possess advanced education in regional security studies, regional experience, and advanced linguistic skills. In order to serve as leaders, principle staff, planners, and advisers on capabilities for assignments on tactical, operational, and strategic-level staffs, joint and combined assignments, and for duty with interagency organizations in order to improve MAGTF plans, operations, security cooperation, and intelligence efforts. IAP Marines will be primary nominees: mil-diplomatic defense attaché, Office of Security Cooperations, regional plans, advisors, plans, policies, operations. IAP is responsible for selection, designation and assignment of Marines to the following programs:

(1) Foreign Area Officer (FAO)

(2) Regional Affairs Officer (RAO)

(3) Foreign Area Staff Noncommissioned Officer (FAS)

(4) Personnel Exchange Program (PEP)

824X Foreign Area Officer

  • Marine Officers will rate a region specific 824X AMOS designation upon successful completion of graduate level education at NPS and language training, or once a qualifying language proficiency score on file has been received. FAO designation is also possible through selection by the Experience Track panel for Marines possessing language and regional expertise, as well as a regionally focused graduate degree. Additionally awarded to Marines who have completed FPME, Olmsted scholar, or PEP in non-English speaking countries FAOs develop professional language regional expertise and cultural (LREC) capabilities and insights to help MAGTF, Joint, and Coalition commanders understand the complex human environment where Marines deploy. FAO training focuses on the three skill sets of the LREC continuum: regionally-focused graduate education, foreign language proficiency and direct experience through regional immersion and travel. The in-country/regional immersion prepares FAOs to understand historical context, cultural significance, and social perspectives of foreign societies and militaries.

822X Regional Affairs Officer Program

  • Marine Officers will rate a region specific 822X AMOS designation upon successful completion of academic training at NPS, completion of FPME, or PEP tour in an English speaking country. RAO designation is also possible through selection by the Experience Track panel when a Marine has significant regional experience outside of the aforementioned mentioned programs. RAOs develop specialized regional expertise through graduate education or significant time abroad. RAOs are qualified to serve in billets where foreign language skills are not required.

823X Foreign Area SNCO Program

  • Foreign Area Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (FAS) provide language skills, regional expertise and cultural capabilities (LREC) to MAGTF commanders throughout the phases of military operations and across the range of military operations to achieve U.S. government objectives. FAS's will apply LREC to the Marine Corps Planning Process, Security Cooperation and combined exercise planning, and serve as LREC trainers for operational force units, members of Forward Command Elements, and inter-organizational liaisons. FAS's will acquire Core Plus skills in Civil Affairs and Information Operations through skill progression and enhancement training as available/required. FAS's are proficient in their PMOS. This MOS may be assigned only as a FMOS and is available to ground and aviation Marines.FAS training focuses on the same skill sets as FAOs.

Personnel Exchange Program

  • PEPs represent Marine Corps engagement with allied partners to exchange and standardize operational procedures between coalition partners. Marine Corps exchange personnel embed with partnered military units while foreign counterparts embed with Marine Corps units, to develop and enhance worldwide security cooperation.

8220 Political-Military Officer

  • The 8220 MOS is used to designate those billets requiring a degree of knowledge or experience in international affairs. Officers assigned to fill these billets may include, but are not limited to, Regional Affairs Officers, Foreign Area Officers, and Interagency assignments. It will also be used to identify officers undergoing training as RAOs until they complete the requirements for designation in a regional sub-specialty (FMOS 8221-8228). This MOS may be assigned only as a FMOS. MOS 8220 will be assigned and voided only by authority of CMC (MM). Upon beginning Phase I of the Study Track RAO at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Foreign Professional Military Education (FPME) or PEP in English-speaking countries, Marine Officers will rate the 8220 designation. Additionally, Marines who serve in non-regionally affiliated political military (pol-mil)affairs billets within the contiguous United States which do not require the ability to speak a secondary language. Examples of such billets are: legislative affairs, state department, Liaison Officer (LNO), political/military fellowships (Brookings, JFK), or other interagency departments requiring pol-mil affairs expertise.


2023 Slate - Available Billets

Initial FY23 FAO and RAO billet lists are out (Please see below). Please read the entire message.

The IAP Office has received the initial FY23 FAO and RAO vacancy lists. Please note that there will be changes as we review and prioritize the lists. All FAOs/RAOs seeking a utilization assignment should contact the IAP Office following the guidance below. The IAP Office will coordinate with MMOA-3 and PMOS monitors to start slating discussions. Please maintain direct communication with the IAP Office during this time.  

Study-Track FAO and RAO FY23 movers who owe a utilization tour, please submit the FY23 FAO/RAO Utilization Tour Request Form to the IAP Office NLT 12 October 2022. Please provide your preference on the following format: 1) OCONUS 2) CONUS 3) National Capital Region OR 1) Operational Command 2) Supporting Establishment. Additionally, include your assignment priorities using the list below as a guideline. 

Experience-Track FAOs/RAOs and FAOs/RAOs seeking a second utilization tour should also submit the FY23 FAO/RAO Utilization Tour Request Form to the IAP Office following the guidance above. The IAP Office will collect a list of interested experience-track and second utilization FAOs/RAOs and coordinate with MMOA-3 and PMOS monitor to initiate utilization discussions. 

FY 23 FAO BILLET VACANCY LIST

MCC Unit Name Description BMOS BGRD
110 HQ MARFORPAC CAMP SMITH HI 8246 O4
110 HQ MARFORPAC CAMP SMITH HI 8248 O4
1C0 HQ I MEF CAMP PENDLETON CA 8244 O3
1C0 HQ I MEF CAMP PENDLETON CA 8244 O5
1C1 HQ III MEF OKINAWA JAPAN 8243 O4
1DX CE 5TH MEB MARFOR CENTCOM BAHRAIN 8244 O4
1DX CE 5TH MEB MARFOR CENTCOM BAHRAIN 8244 O4
1EE COMMARFOREUR STUTTGART GERMANY 8242 O4
1EE COMMARFOREUR STUTTGART GERMANY 8242 O4
1EM MARINE FORCES AFRICA COMMAND GERMANY 8245 O4
1EM MARINE FORCES AFRICA COMMAND GERMANY 8245 O5
1F2 CE MEF INFO GRP II MEF CAMP LEJEUNE NC 8244 O4
1F5 CE MEF INFO GRP I MEF CAMP PENDLETON  CA 8244 O4
1F6 CE MEF INFO GRP III MEF OKINAWA  8244 O4
1FA FOREIGN ENGAGEMENT CELL MARFOR NORTHCOM NORFOLK  VA 8241 O5
1FY HQ MARFORSOUTH NEW ORLEANS LA 8241 O4
1FY HQ MARFORSOUTH NEW ORLEANS LA 8241 O4
1FY HQ MARFORSOUTH NEW ORLEANS LA 8241 O4
1FY HQ MARFORSOUTH NEW ORLEANS LA 8241 O5
N3B USCENTCOM USLNO UAE (JT-BIL) 8244 O5
N50 JOINT WARFARE CENTER (JWC) (JT-BIL) APO  AE 8247 O5
NE3 DTRA (JT-BIL) FT BELVOIR VA 8242 O4
NE3 DTRA (JT-BIL) FT BELVOIR VA 8242 O4
NF3 SOCCENT (JT-BIL) MACDILL AFB FL 8244 O5
NFH US CYBERCOM (JT-BIL) FT MEADE  MD 8240 O4
QAQ PP&O DEPT HQMC WASHINGTON DC 8240 O5
QAQ PP&O DEPT HQMC WASHINGTON DC 8245 O4
QAQ PP&O DEPT HQMC WASHINGTON DC 8246 O4
TCJ JICPAC (NON JT) CAMP SMITH HI 8248 O3
TGZ DSCA (NON-JT) HONOLULU HI 8248 O5
       
TMG HQ MARFOR CENTCOM, MACDILL AFB, TAMPA, FL 8244 O4
TMG HQ MARFOR CENTCOM, MACDILL AFB, TAMPA, FL 8244 O4
TMG HQ MARFOR CENTCOM, MACDILL AFB, TAMPA, FL 8246 O4
TMG HQ MARFOR CENTCOM, MACDILL AFB, TAMPA, FL 8246 O5
TMH US MARINE FORCES CAMP HUMPHRIES KOREA 8248 O4
TMH US MARINE FORCES CAMP HUMPHRIES KOREA 8248 O5
TSR MARINE CORPS INFO OPS CENTER, QUANTICO VA 8243 O3
TSR MARINE CORPS INFO OPS CENTER, QUANTICO VA 8245 O3
W52 MC ADMINDET PRESIDIO (PERM PERS) MONTEREY CA 8240 O4

 

FY23 RAO BILLET VACANCT LIST

MCC Unit Name Description BMOS BGRD
J38 US NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD 8220 O3
1FY HQ MARFORSOUTH NEW ORLEANS LA 8221 O4
1FY HQ MARFORSOUTH NEW ORLEANS LA 8221 O4
TSR MARINE CORPS INFO OPS CENTER, QUANTICO VA 8221 O3
1EM MARINE FORCES AFRICA COMMAND GERMANY 8224 O4
TSR MARINE CORPS INFO OPS CENTER, QUANTICO VA 8224 O3
1EM MARINE FORCES AFRICA COMMAND GERMANY 8225 O4
1C0 HQ I MEF CAMP PENDLETON CA 8228 O4

 

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