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Servicemembers attend a recruiting seminar hosted by the White House Communications Agency at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.
Servicemembers attend a recruiting seminar hosted by the White House Communications Agency at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Theron Godbold/Stars and Stripes)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Recruiters from the White House Communications Agency are in Japan this week looking for servicemembers to help support the president, vice president, Secret Service and senior staff.

The agency — a joint command that ensures the White House can communicate “anywhere, anytime, and by any means,” according to its website — hosted a seminar Monday at Yokota in western Tokyo. Other sessions are slated for Tuesday at Naval Air Station Atsugi and Wednesday at Yokosuka Naval Base.

The recruiting effort is targeting a variety of jobs for all services in several fields, including communications, security and construction work that involves building things like the lecterns and podiums used by the commander in chief.

“Our members operate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment requiring a team of dedicated, highly competent professionals — WHCA’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are the best of the best,” the agency’s website says.

At Yokota, about a dozen servicemembers turned out to hear recruiters tout the benefits of working for the White House — including education initiatives and a higher-than-average promotion rate.

Jobs also come with special duty pay, a Presidential Service Badge after a year of satisfactory service and experience that stands out on a resume, according to a recruiting pamphlet.

Getting orders to work for the agency requires a special security clearance as well as an in-depth background check. Servicemembers interested in a spot with the agency should apply 13-24 months prior to their transfer dates.

For more information, visit www.disa.mil/careers/WHCA-Recruitment.

godbold.theron@stripes.com

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