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Representing more than 1,100 officers, the Army Foreign Area Officer Proponent Office is responsible for establishing policy and guidance and career development.

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Navy FAOs are integral to the execution of the Country's Maritime Strategy. We are the Navy's international engagement professionals and operators.

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Known as International Affairs Specialists (IAS), FAOs in the United States Air Force include Regional Affairs Strategists (RAS) and Pol-Mil Affairs Strategists (PAS).

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The International Affairs Officer Program (IAOP) in the International Issues Branch, Strategy and Plans Division, Plans, Polices and Operations, HQMC, includes both FAOs and Regional Affairs Officers (RAOs).
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Joint FAO Program Course Alumni

Africa FAOs
The Joint FAO Program Africa course took place 6 - 17 February 2012 and included a week in Monterey, CA followed by a week in Washington, D.C.
Near East FAOs
The Joint FAO Program Near East course took place 29 May - 10 June 2011 and included a week in Vicenza, Italy followed by a week in Monterey, CA.
Asia FAOs
The Joint FAO Program Asia course took place 9 - 20 May 2011 and included a week in Monterey, CA followed by a week in Singapore.

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This video is a brief introduction to the critical mission of Foreign Area Officers and to the goals of the Joint FAO Program.

Introduction to the Foreign Area Officer Program Course 

This module is the first in a series on the FAO career progression, and the material presented here and in modules following has been taken from the FAO Orientation Course and other relevant sources. Think of this as the bridge leading from your basic branch or parent community to the FAO community: by the end of this series, you will have a solid understanding of who we are and what we do. During this time, you will also be introduced to the phases of FAO training, as well as the expectations for each phase.