Career Enhancement

Foreign Area Officer Program

The Joint Foreign Area Officer (FAO) is the Department's uniformed expert that possesses a unique combination of strategic focus, regional expertise, cultural awareness, and foreign language proficiency.  FAOs provide the Department of Defense with a uniformed presence in key countries and regions around the world.  They serve as Senior Defense Officials, military attachés, security cooperation officers, political-military planners or analysts in combatant commands and defense agencies, arms control treaty inspectors, and liaison officers to host nations or allies.  FAOs currently serve in more than 130 countries.

Click Here to see the DoD Directive 1315.17: Military Department Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Programs.

Click Here to see the DoD Instruction 1315.20: Management of DoD Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Programs.