Foreign Affairs Specialist

United States Army Central
  • Location
    Shaw AFB, South Carolina
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Apr 10

Position description

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

This is a term appointment, made for an initial period of 13 months.  The appointment may be extended up to a total of 4 years, in increments of time of 1 year or less." Term positions cannot be made permanent without further competition.

This position is located with US Army Central G37 Security Cooperation Section, International Military Affairs, Shaw Air Force Base, SC. Shaw Air Force Base is located just outside Sumter, SC, which is 46 miles east of Columbia, SC; approximately 259 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia (I-20); 119 miles northeast of Augusta, Georgia (I-20); 101 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina (I-26), and 111 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina (I-77). Shaw Air Force Base is an easy drive to Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Charleston, Charlotte, the beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, and the mountains. It is also close to NASCAR auto racing, an abundance of outdoor activities for individuals and families (lakes, rivers, fishing, hunting, golf, Riverbanks Botanical Gardens and Zoo, Carowinds Theme Park, and more).  You can find additional information about Shaw Air Force Base at

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


As a Foreign Affairs Specialist, you will:

  • Studies and analyzes international security affairs in order to be prepared to contribute to the development of Central Command (CENTCOM) and Armed Forces Central (ARCENT) strategic guidance documents.
  • Studies the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and State Department processes used to develop ARCENT strategy and policy. 
  • Studies, reviews and analyzes Army publications pertinent to international affairs, such as Theater Security Cooperation (TSC) and makes recommendations for change. 
  • Serves as technical consultant to ARCENT Staff agencies, MACOMs, and Army Service Component Commands (ASSCs) on Army international affairs. 

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Business travel up to 25% of the time.

Relocation Authorized

  • No


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirements

Degree: major or equivalent, or a combination of courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, in international law and international relations, political science, economics, history, sociology, geography, social or cultural anthropology, law, statistics, or in the humanities; or 12 semester hours in one of the above disciplines and 12 semester hours in statistics/quantitative methods. OR

  1. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. OR
  2. Experience: four years of appropriate experience in one or more of the fields listed above in work associated with international organizations, problems, or other aspects of foreign affairs. Qualifying work experience may have been gained through residence, study, teaching, business or commercial activities, military service, newspaper work, military or civil government activities, missionary or international relief work, or other experience in foreign countries. This experience must have included either (a) responsibility for the direction and coordination of research, analysis, or other professional work in one or more of the fields listed in A above, or (b) specialized professional work of a high level of difficulty and responsibility in one or more of these fields. This high level experience must have been in such specialized activities as (1) formulation of instructions and policy guidance for United States representatives in international organizations; (2) transport and communication involving knowledge of economic, political, and technical aspects of international aviation, shipping, inland transport, or radio, telephone, and telegraph, etc.; (3) cultural affairs involving formulation and operation of policy on large-scale international cultural exchange programs; (4) occupied area affairs involving problems of occupation of conquered or liberated countries, regions, or zones; or (5) other specialized international affairs such as analyzing public opinion and attitudes, evaluating specific conditions, trends, or forces in a foreign country, formulating policy on problems of petroleum resources or fisheries, etc., representing foreign interests, protecting American property or interests, arranging for conferences, or similar activities.
  3. In addition to meeting the basic requirement you must also meet the specialized experience.

Experience required: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) analyzing strategic plans, policies, and programs at the operational and strategic level in the areas of international relations and foreign policy; 2) analyze international political and military matters that arise involving policy guidance and requirements with other nations and international organizations. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-12).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas: 

  • Knowledge of foreign policy/International security issues
  • Ability to Communicate Orally
  • Ability to Communicate in Writing

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify.  For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions. 

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. 
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required. 
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required. 
  • Conditions of Employment
  • This is a designated drug testing position.
  • This position is emergency essential.
  • Travel by commercial and military aircraft as well as other public/private conveyance is required going to various CONUS and OCONUS locations on official business.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Application instructions

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