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Some Government Hot $100K Jobs | DOD Civilian Expeditionary Jobs

Updated on February 12, 2011

In the news recently were stories about how the government civilian workforce has salaries exceeding 70-100K a year. Well folks there is a story behind the story that they may not be telling you. Here are some of those 100K plus jobs and what you will have to do to get them.

By the way, I spent 4 years and 8 months in Iraq working on the Forward Operating Bases. It's not just a job, it's a lifestyle. The hardships are many, as are the rewards that come from taking on a tough job that few people want to do. Not to mention working with the finest individuals and soldiers our country has ever produced. These folks will be known in history as the greatest generation of the 21st Century. Do you want to sit back and watch it go by or do you want to live some history?

One of my Workplaces in Iraq on a Good Day
One of my Workplaces in Iraq on a Good Day
Same place on a normal day...
Same place on a normal day...

Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

The Department of Defense has a program called the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce. This allows DOD and Federal Government Employees to serve with the Troops overseas in a variety of capacities. It is also open to exceptionally qualified US Citizens and applications are encouraged. Many of the skills they are looking for are not normally found in DOD particular jobs so opportunities are there. As per the web site:

The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy) has been designated by Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) as the lead in expanding the opportunities for Department of Defense (DoD) civilians to fill Global expeditionary augmentation requirements. As result of this initiative we have received from Joint Staff a list of requirements for DoD Civilian Volunteers to serve. These opportunities are on Joint Task Force Headquarters staffs supporting operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations worldwide.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is clear in his message about the need to fill these positions:

“My message is that if we are to meet the myriad challenges around the world in the coming decades, this country must strengthen other important elements of national power both institutionally and financially, and create the capability to integrate and apply all of the elements of national power to problems and challenges abroad. In short, based on my experience serving seven presidents, as a former Director of CIA and now as Secretary of Defense, I am here to make the case for strengthening our capacity to use "soft" power and for better integrating it with "hard power".

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates”

So Career Fields does the DOD need? Here is the list:

Civil Engineering


Financial Administration

Foreign Affairs

General Attorney

HR Assistance

IT Management


Language Specialist

Logistics Management



Public Affairs

Security Administration

Supply Clerical

Transportation Specialist

Here also are some of the needed job titles:

Civil Engineering Construction Representative

Responsible for the enforcement of the contract documents with respect to the construction project's specifications. Serves as the continuous oversight on the contractors' Quality Control program through Quality Assurance inspections. Works directly for the Project Engineer (PE) and Resident Engineer (RE) assigned, working as a team to best manage the projects. Serves as the eyes and ears on the project site for the PE/RE, implementing any directives they make. Ensures what is detailed in the plans and specifications are actually installed in proper sequence. Should NEVER allow a contractor to install work incorrectly, hoping to resolve the issue at Punch-list time (corrections are to be made immediately). Direct coordinates with the contractor on site, but handles all customer communications through the PE/RE. Provides assistance on technical means and methods of construction. Documents daily progress of construction, material and equipment deliveries, installation of major equipment, accidents, weather conditions, manpower on site, rate of progress, instructions given to the contractor, agreements reached with the contractor, work conditions, safety, etc. in the Resident Management computer System (RMS) and through photos of the site. Prepares monthly estimates of work in place, based on the Pay Application Schedule of Values, to assist in the proper payment of the contractor by the PE/RE. Assists the PE/RE in estimating takeoffs for contract modifications. Coordinates technical inspections of mechanical, electrical, structural, systems as required, drawing on the Engineering Section for advice throughout the project. Assists the Project/Resident Engineers with schedule and submittal reviews to ensure compliance with the contract documents. Participates in weekly contractor meetings to ensure proactive partnering with the contractor on the management of the project. Assists in the mentoring of both the contractors and the District's Local Nation Quality Assurance (LN QA) personnel. Always consider the current specific threat in your AO and mitigate the threats through force protection measures, enabling the safest possible execution of the mission by our most valuable resource -our personnel. Always stress the importance and enforce the standards of safe construction work sites and actions by District.

Logistics Officer

Logistics Officer of the Afghanistan Engineer District, a joint organization, comprised of over 521 service members from all four services, civilians and local Afghan employees located in over 30 different locations dispersed throughout Afghanistan. Responsible for the logistical support for the synchronized execution of a $2 billion Afghanistan construction program. In charge of property accountability, supply requisitioning and distribution, transportation, facilities, housing, and the operation of the Dining Facility for the district. Maintenance and accountability of sensitive items. Provides expert logistic advice to the Commander.

Contracting Officer

Experience: Qualified personnel would have experience with writing and administering contracts but would not necessarily need to be a fully certified COTAR. Personnel should have a working knowledge of writing contracts, drafting RFPs, and evaluating contract proposals. Duty Description: Duties in theater would include drafting RFPs for proposed CERP projects, evaluating contract proposals, and drafting contracts with selected vendors. Duties would be conducted at the PRT/Battalion, Brigade, and Division level. Personnel should be flexible and able to work with host nation companies that do not have strong contracting and bidding capabilities. Personnel should be familiar with the regulations for CERP contracting, as outlined in the FMR. Personnel will be based at the PRT, Brigade, and RC levels.

Legal Review Officer

Experience: Applicants should be practicing lawyers with experience working in contract and administrative law. Duty Description: Duties in theater include reviewing CERP contract proposals and ensuring that they comply with contract legal regulations and the FMR. This will include verifying whether particular projects can be funded under current guidance and regulation. Personnel will also be required to monitor the execution and implementation of CERP projects and ensure that they comply with all legal regulations for the expenditure of USG funds. Personnel will be based at the Brigade, RC, and Kabul level.

On Call Technical Expert

Experience: Technical experts are expected to be highly proficient in their respective fields, with a minimum of 10 years of applicable experience. They should be open to travel in austere and potentially dangerous environments but do not need to be culturally or linguistically proficient. Duty Description: Specialists will work out of central offices in Kabul and will provide on-call technical consultation as well as deploy on site in support of civ-mil teams across the country. They will consult on projects, train PRT officers on basic technical issues, and provide written and verbal advice on specific challenges. Initial tranche of experts could include 1 or more of each of the following: • Civil engineers • Environmental engineers • Mechanical engineers • Electrical engineers • Hydrologists • Veterinarians • Geologists

Performance Metric Analyst

Experience: Applicants should have experience in quantitative and qualitative program analysis and evaluation and some familiarity with civilian agency metrics systems. Duty Description: Duties will include working alongside military and civilian agency counterparts to collect and analyze metrics. Performance measures will be both qualitative and quantitative and will center on public opinion, governance capacity, security, economic development, and dissemination of public messaging. Analysts will work at a Kabul assessment and fusion cell, as well as the four regional commands. Analysts are expected to be flexible, creative, and able to learn and work with new assessment systems.

Public Affairs

Serves as a Mentor for Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police Public Affairs offices. Evaluates current capabilities and determines appropriate coaching, training, advising, and mentoring required to develop the Public Affiars section towards identified progress goals. Trains ANA and ANP Public Affairs in Public Affairs operations, doctrine, tactics, and procedures. Also serves as personal staff advisor to the ARSIC Commander on all command (internal) information, public information, to include media relations and community relations matters. Participates in development of plans and policies. Advises on accuracy, propriety, timing and relative importance of information for release to the command, the public, and national and international media. Recommends methods of communicating information. Prepares or supervises preparation of information for release on matters through news releases, articles, photographs, radio and television. Supervises public affairs activities and personnel. Supervises or provides guidance on operations of print, radio and television in order to support the ANA and ANP. Promotes and maintains mutually beneficial interaction between the command and representatives of government, the community, the media and the public.

Development Working Groups

Basic Services- Develop expert advice and assistance in the planning, coordination and monitoring of improvements in the provision and sustainment of basic services (healthcare, education, emergency response, food security, and potable water) that are reponsive and tailored to local needs. Activities include ensuring key populations undertand current and planned services, increasing access to emergency response/services, improving public health and water, and key municipalities have improved their overall capacity to deliver services and plan for future growth.

Governance (Anti –Corruption) - Plans, facilitates and monitors demonstratable action by the government against corruption, resulting in increased trust and confidence of the Afghan public, Increase training, equipment and supplies for prosecutors and judges in: counter narcotics investigations (CNPA); and terrorism investigation (MOI and NDS). Develop Embassy - level Nexus regional coordination mechamisms and support increased size and capabiltiy of the Ministry of Interior Air Inerdiction Unit, CN Kandak, Counternarcotics Police and an MOI general aviation unit.

Governance (Population Security) - Responsible for expert advice and participation in the planning, inspecting, coordinating and monitoring of public perception of Afghanistan's justice sector and commitment to providing the rule of law at the national, provincial and local levels. Build Afghan government capacity to develop and deliver message of tangible progress. Identify, develop and enable network of provincial communicators (e.g. university/madrassa students, ANA, religious leadership). Engage key your Afghan leaders from provincial centers and villages. Coordinate technical assistance and support to development of independent radio. Develop the communication infrastructure to foster dialogue by the local population.

Disaster Management Specialist- Provides expert advise and assistance to Chief CIVMIL OPS for all aspects of disaster management. Represents IJC and STAB OPS DIV at various internal and external briefings, meetings and forums. Monitors the civil situation and direct action in matters such as displaced persons, refugees, humantarian affairs, food insecurity, winterization, disaster relief. Acts as SME for the HQ in cases of natural disaster management (in close cooperation with the CJ35). Provides CIMIC related input for the weekly reporting system (either assessrep or the current system in place). Acts as POC towards the ANDMA and the NEOC for the natural disaster management issues. Participates in NDMC meeting. Responds to civil incidents, and requests military support to GIRoA and the IC. Supports Plans Branch by providing a Stability perspective. Responsible for tracking and updating food security and IDP and refugee situation. Prepares briefings on CIMIC related issues (such as water, health, food, shelter, power, IDPs and refugee).

How to Apply

Go to the web site below and search the job that matches your skill set. If you are not a DOD or Federal Civilian Employee you should recognize that you are not a preferred candidate but according to the FAQ your application will be reviewed and if you are a Strong Match you could in fact be hired. If you are not familiar with the additional requierments of deployment I would check on that as well as there are physical standards that must be met. The paybands for these jobs are very wide but in my experience 100K for the year of deployment is generally exceeded.

These are just a few of the openings that may be available on the web site below. These positions are some key elements to a winning strategy in Afghanistan. It’s time for all the nay-sayers to stop being wishy washy on this effort and put their skills to use. You should know that the reason these pay over 100K is that you will work 12-18 hr days seven days a week. You will probably live in a tent, and many of them require traveling outside the ‘Wire’ and all that entails. The sooner these positions are filled the sooner we can accomplish the assistance mission and come home knowing the Afghans can make their democracy survive. Have you got what it takes?


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      MaCharia Yuot 

      5 years ago

      Sorry here is my email below:

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      MaCharia Yuot 

      5 years ago


      I'm looking for any job oversea I have been unemployed for a year and I just need anything worth taking to change my life aorund. any help with connection is really apprericiate it.


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      6 years ago

      Hey chief, appreciate the Info. and hard work! I'm a Marine Vet. been out a year and some change. Looking for a possition to fill that requires overseas deployments, work as an Engineer.? This Expeditionary Force civilian side looks like a good opportunity. if this page is still Up? contact me, thanks

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      6 years ago

      hi susie if your still knoking around here is the contact

      and some info , there very helpful ,tell them I said you would sort him out

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      I think the US gov is only hiring citizens and legal residents for this work. Sorry.

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      7 years ago

      Hi, from philippines can i have job in this company,i am working almost 6 years in gunstore, thaks

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      7 years ago

      Hi, from philippines can i have job in this company,i am working almost 6 years in gunstore,my emailadd.


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      7 years ago

      Good day hope every body in good helth and fine

      my name is iham razouk from syria aleppo 1982

      i am looking for job in hotel or restaurant or food company or tourism company

      i have Bachelor's degree Hospitality & Tourism Management.

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      best regards

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    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Hope the email helps Guy.

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      guy potter 

      7 years ago

      hi, im a mechanic, im 21, i hear there are many overseas high paying jobs but cant find them.

      my email is

      any help would be greatly appreciated

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      TFT Glad to be of help Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Truth From Truth 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub, It was very informative, and had vivid detail. most people including myself did not know all that was involved with these jobs. Thanks enjoy your holidays.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      sweetie 1 - It's less about the money and more about what the work is. It's one of the big differences between our Armed Forces and the rest of the world. We do our best to provide solutions instead of just war. Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!

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      9 years ago from India

      This is a very informative blog..loved it and since i am not American so i cant be part of it but i liked 100,000 $ salary no doubt about it. But nice to see there are so many job opportunities to work alongside of those person who are fighting for their country

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Karina - Thanks for your service to our troops, and thanks for stopping by! The fact that your serve our guys and gals is far more important than where. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Karina S. 

      9 years ago from USA

      Great informative hub, i can relate too. I also work as a contract employee for DOD, here in USA. I am not as brave as you are, and would not consider working abroad. Glad i found your hubs, ill read them all.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      kaloomba - Thanks for the comment, hope that was interesting too! But in the end I'm just a poor country boy from Chicago making his way in the World.

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting Hub.. I learned a lot about your background too!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks BPOP glad it helped! Now spread the word!

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      9 years ago

      Dear Hmrjmr,

      What a fantastic and useful hub. You shed light on a area that few people know about. I am grateful for your expertise. wish more people could read this hub, it's that important.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks Frieda!

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      Frieda Babbley 

      9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      I've always wondered what different job titles entailed. This is great. Great lead in.


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