Traveling and Living Abroad
As of 2013, the majority of deployments are taking place in Afghanistan, although there may be limited positions available in Iraq, Djibouti, Kuwait, and other locations. As a deployee, you will live and serve in a variety of American bases and compounds with your military and government colleagues. Some of the locations will be quite austere and remote, and unlike any community back in the United States, contributing to the overall experience. You will receive training to help you prepare for living in theater.
As a civilian deployee, you may be eligible for 35% differential pay for post differential; 35% differential pay for hazardous duty; and significant overtime compensation, in addition to your base salary. An example of the pay schedule for a GS-14, Step 1, serving in Afghanistan, is below:
Pay Type (All pay is taxable)
|Rest of United States (Locality)||$11,993.10||--||--|
|Adjusted Pay (Basic + Locality)||$96,690.10||$3,706.38||$46.33|
|Danger Pay (35% of Adjusted Pay)||$33,841.53||$1,297.23||$16.22|
|Post Differential Pay (35% of Adjusted Pay)||$33,841.53||$1,297.23||$16.22|
|Total Pay (Adjusted + Danger + Post Diff)||$164,373.16||$6,300.84||$78.76|
Working in theater will place you in a situation where you may be working under conditions that may be substandard, Spartan, and extraordinary, with limited resources. You will need to figure out how to accomplish activities without the kind of backup and support you are used to in your regular job. Operating in this kind of environment has again and again proven to build skills and character that greatly enhance your job experience overall.
Support for Your Country
Having the ability to support your country’s mission, and its military men and women, has proven to be indescribably fulfilling. Being able to help the local community build hospitals and schools, bring electricity to a village, and disperse disaster relief – all experiences that the civilian volunteers have participated in over the past four years – has brought a level of satisfaction and sense of achievement that few of the participants ever experienced in their jobs back home.