Paramilitary Operations Officer
About the Job
*Successful candidates for this position may be eligible for a one-time hiring bonus of up to 25% of their base pay
As a Paramilitary Operations Officer (PMOO) for the CIA, you will join a select cadre that is motivated by camaraderie and selfless service. PMOOs lead and manage Covert Action programs, at the direction of President of the United States, and collect Foreign Intelligence vital to national security policymakers. As an action and results oriented professional, you will take on demanding responsibility, accept significant personal risk, and maintain accountability for results. PMOOs serve as a distinct occupation in the Directorate of Operations (DO), using their military experience to conduct air, ground and maritime paramilitary operations, covert action as well as intelligence collection in austere and dangerous environments. You are expected to be leaders and program managers, running paramilitary and intelligence operations in the field.
All DO officers are hired at an entry level and train as they are expected to work – as one team. DO officers begin their careers spending one to two years learning the foundations of clandestine operational tradecraft via classroom training, practical exercise, and on-the-job experience. As equal parts Paramilitary and Operations Officers, PMOOs must successfully complete foundational training as a DO Operations Officer.
Additionally, you are required to successfully complete specialized paramilitary training and demonstrate a high level of physical readiness in order to prepare for service in hazardous and austere environments overseas.
PMOOs spend the majority of their careers serving out numerous short-term deployments or multi-year assignments in a variety of overseas locations.
Our physical requirements for training are as follows:
- Operate a motor vehicle without second-party assistance in daytime and nighttime conditions;
- Traverse uneven terrain, to include climbing and descending staircases, over fixed minimum distances and in varying weather conditions;
- Work non-traditional or erratic schedules;
- Make reasoned decisions under time constraints.
Who You’ll Work With
At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.
What You’ll Get
Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.
As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution (applicants within one year of earning a four year degree will be considered); there is no preferred major or program of study (degrees from foreign academic institutions are accepted, but you are responsible for obtaining and providing CIA with a credential evaluation from an accredited firm confirming that the foreign degree is the equivalent of a BA/BS and/or MA/MS degree conferred by a U.S. college or university)
- At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale is preferred
- Served on active duty with the US Armed Forces in either of the following Military Occupations/Career Fields:
- Special Operations or Combat Arms
- Aviation or Aviation related specialties
- Successful completion of specialized paramilitary training and demonstrates a high level of physical readiness
- Willingness to serve in hazardous and austere environments overseas
- Personal integrity and the ability to operate with minimal supervision
- Strong interpersonal and communications skills (verbal and written)
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as work independently
- Flexibility, adaptability, and commitment to the mission of the CIA and the Directorate of Operations
- Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation
Competitive Paramilitary Operations Officer applicants have:
- Minimum of 8 years of active duty experience
- Served in multiple leadership positions generating a proven record of responsibility and critical decision-making in stressful situations
- Experience serving in combat and conducting combat operations; multiple tours, particularly in leadership positions, are highly desired
- Currently on active duty or within three years following departure from active duty
- Applicants on Reserve or National Guard status, more than three years from active duty, are more competitive if they have completed overseas deployments in that timeframe
Qualifications also considered:
- Non-combat overseas deployments with real world impact
- Foreign language, foreign travel, and area knowledge
- Experience in advanced combat skills
- Experience conducting military/combat diving and underwater operations
What You’ll Need to Apply
The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):
- Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
- Cover letter: please describe your knowledge, skills, abilities, and aspirations not evident from your resume, that make you a good candidate for the Directorate of Operations (1 page).
At the time of application, DO applicants select specific DO occupational specialties (i.e. Collection Management Officer, Staff Operations Officer, Operations Officer, Targeting Officer). Competitive applicants will continue to be asked to identify their DO occupational specialty preference(s) at various stages in the hiring process. It is not unusual for applicants to adjust their preference as they progress and learn more about the expectations and requirements of each occupational specialty.
In a separate PDF attachment address the following questions:
- Why does a career in public service with the CIA appeal to you?
- Why do you wish to work in the specific roles to which you are applying?
- Describe one thing from your academic, military, professional, or personal background that has prepared you for success in the CIA.
- Complete this thought: “I do my best work when…”.
- Outside of the careers to which you are applying, what other careers have you considered?
- Describe a time when you did not succeed, professionally or academically, and what you learned from that experience.