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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is looking for foreign affairs officers, linguists and regional experts to serve as advisers to diplomats and commanders about a particular region.

The job is open to all officers with eight years of service and could include a quota for a certain number of Navy reservists, said Cmdr. Dawn Driesbach, the community manager for the program.

So far, the Navy has 74 Foreign Affairs Officers. The goal is to have 400 by fiscal 2015, or roughly 50 per fiscal year, she said. For officers who meet the minimum requirements, the process of becoming a foreign affairs officer takes about three years.

It requires earning a graduate degree from either the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., or the war colleges; learning a language at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, and spending six months in a foriegn country, she said.

The process can take less time for officers who already have graduate degrees or who receive a waiver from the Secretary of the Navy for having “significant regional expertise,” such as having grown up in a foreign country or having served three tours in the same Area of Responsibility, she said.

For more information, go to the Navy Personnel Command Web site at www.npc.navy.mil/channels and click on “Officer Assignments.”


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