The Civilian Deployment Experience

The Civilian Deployment Experience allows civilians to apply their capability, experience, and knowledge as a crucial part of helping the Department of Defense accomplish its mission abroad. Individuals who are interested in deploying can volunteer for positions for which they are qualified in locations such as Afghanistan, Djibouti, Iraq, Qatar, and other places across the globe. If qualified, civilian volunteers will be selected for a tour of duty (usually for 12 months) and normally work alongside deployed US military members. Candidates selected will have an extraordinary opportunity to exercise their skills and expertise directly supporting operations of national interest. The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW) Program Office currently manages the application process for joint theater billets.

About CEW

The mission of the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce Program Office is to develop and implement policy within the Department of Defense that enables the Services and DoD agencies to efficiently organize, train, and equip qualified civilian employees to meet global and domestic national security mission requirements as an integral part of the Total Force as directed by the Secretary of Defense. We meet our mission by connecting the Combatant Commands (COCOMs) that need civilian expertise to accomplish their goals with qualified candidates who are eager to spend a year working side-by-side with their Military colleagues. Because we are focused on contingency operations, the requirements we meet for our COCOM customers are always evolving. Our most successful candidates recognize the fluid nature of Contingency support and remain flexible throughout the application and deployment process.

CEW is one component of a process that involves the COCOMs, our applicants, and those who are selected for contingency operations positions. Each of these entities has distinct roles and responsibilities.

  • COCOMs define the requirements and make the final selection on all candidates.
  • CEW solicits and reviews all resumes, and forwards all qualified candidates to the COCOMs for selection. CEW also shepherds selected candidates through the pre-deployment process to ensure that they are trained and equipped for their deployment, and provides as-required support to deployees throughout the course of their deployment.
  • Applicants assess their qualifications against the requirements and ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements for deployment.
  • Deployees spend up to a year working alongside their Military counterparts, and provide critical expertise to meet operational needs.

Whatever part you play in getting the contingency operations job done, CEW recognizes that we can't be successful without you. We go together.

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