DOD Subcomponents and Agencies


The United States Army has over 222,000 civilian jobs in virtually every occupation imaginable, with duty locations worldwide. Employment opportunities are much like those in the private sector, but the Federal Government offers a comprehensive employee benefits package.

Army civilians work alongside active duty military to provide support and services to the service members and their families. The Army has entry level positions in 21 career programs that provide challenging work assignments along with varied training programs.

The Department of the Navy (DoN) is more than ships, airplanes, Sailors, and Marines. It has almost 190,000 civilians at Naval and Marine Corps activities throughout the world that make a difference to our country and the world. The range of jobs and skills is as diverse as the people who fill the positions...from scientific research to supporting the families of the men and women who serve.

Civilian employees perform a range of services similar to the services required to run a city. DoN has centralized intern programs for financial management, acquisition and human resources.

The U.S. Air Force has over 175,000 non-military (civilian) employees who work in a variety of technical and non-technical occupations in numerous locations. Occupational fields include acquisition and logistics management, research and development, financial management, engineering, flight operations, computers/communications, science, intelligence, trades and labor, and many others.

The Air Force also has professional development positions in 23 diverse career areas including financial management, information management, public affairs, engineering, computers/communications, sports/fitness recreation management, contracting, logistics, education, human resource management,  child development, scientist, technical training, lodging management, community planning, architect, manpower management, safety, security, occupational health, family matters, history, and special investigation. These are full-time positions entailing a 2- to 3-year training program. Mobility and U.S. citizenship are required for these professional development positions. The need to recruit and develop future leaders is a top Air Force priority.

You can make a difference with a career at the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General. Your assignments could take you to Navy shipyards, Capitol Hill, contractor facilities, and military bases around the world.

If variety appeals to you and you are interested in challenging your skills, imagination, and dedication to excellence, then we have the career for you. You will be part of a team that is dedicated to maximizing the accountability of the Department of Defense to the American public by ensuring that every American tax dollar invested in Defense earns a dollar’s worth of return in Defense programs and operations.

The mission of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is to deliver the premier quality of life benefit to the armed services community to enhance recruitment, retention and readiness by efficiently and effectively providing exceptional savings and excellent products and services - every time, every place.

DeCA operates a worldwide chain of nearly 280 commissaries to provide groceries to U.S. military personnel, retirees, and families. DeCA has job openings for civilians in a wide range of occupations in support of commissaries worldwide.

The Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) is America’s preeminent public sector provider of contract audit and financial services. Over three decades of experience with complex, high-dollar government contracts has given DCAA auditors the opportunity to provide a unique service to their country while gaining an unprecedented level of expertise.

DCAA is an all-civilian, single occupation, single mission agency with over 300 nationwide employment locations, offering challenging work assignments and unparalleled opportunity for continued professional development. DCAA is actively seeking talented entry-level auditors who can apply their creative ideas and enthusiasm to mission-critical government contract audits. If you are an American citizen who has or will complete a minimum of 24 semester hours in accounting/auditing as part of successful completion of a 4-year academic degree, you may be eligible for employment with DCAA.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is the world’s largest finance and accounting organization. DFAS has approximately 15,000 civilian employees who provide the financial and accounting services for the Department of Defense military services and other Defense agencies.

DFAS is an international organization with offices in Germany, Japan, and throughout the U.S. In addition to accounting and finance positions, career opportunities are available in information systems, computer technology, human resources, clerical and technical support, and other areas typically found in large accounting organizations.

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is responsible for transforming the way Department of Defense users move, share, and use information.

As the manager of the Global Information Grid (GIG), DISA is integrating hardware and software and constructing a common operating environment to sustain the military’s needs for information anytime, anywhere. Employment opportunities exist for candidates focusing on electronics engineering, information technology, computer engineering, computer science, telecommunications, budgeting, contracting, human resources, and program/management.

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has a continuing need for talented civilians to assist in accomplishing its mission of providing accurate and timely information on ground, naval, air, and missile and space forces around the world.

DIA seeks people with strong research, analytical, and technical skills to work as intelligence officers, scientists, engineers, information technology specialists, and administrative and management specialists.

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) supplies the nation’s military services and several civilian agencies with the critical resources they need to accomplish their worldwide missions. DLA civilian employees use the latest supply chain technology to meet the needs of the Warfighter whenever and where ever needed.

DLA employs civilians in a wide variety of contracting, supply, financial, and management occupations. DLA’s Professional Entry Level Program provides two year, full-time training for college graduates or graduating seniors with a 3.0 or higher GPA. When completed, interns are automatically converted to permanent employment within DLA.

The Defense Contract Management Agency’s (DCMA) civilian professionals manage Department of Defense and NASA contracts for satellites, aircraft, ships, weapons systems, equipment, supplies, and services for our Nation’s defense - from contract negotiations until the products are in the field.

Available entry-level positions include: Contract Management, Engineering (Aerospace, Industrial, General, Mechanical, Computer/Software), Industrial Property Management Specialist, Industrial Specialist, Information Technology Specialist, Quality Assurance Specialist (Computer Software), and Quality Assurance Specialist.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is responsible for giving timely and effective direction, supervision, and oversight of security cooperation programs in support of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.

DSCA also helps promote stable security relationships with friends and allies through military assistance. Our civilian employees perform a wide range of services in support of this mission in a variety of occupations.DSCA especially seeks personnel with Security Assistance Analyst skills.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) safeguards America and its allies from Weapons of Mass Destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat and mitigate its effects.

DTRA employs 2,000 men and women, both military and civilian, at more than 14 locations around the world. DTRA has a continuing need for physical scientists, engineers (electrical, mechanical, chemical, nuclear, biological), acquisition specialists, information technology specialist and other business professionals. U.S. citizenship, drug testing and security clearance are required for all positions.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) provides timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security objectives.

Geospatial intelligence is the exploration and analysis of imagery and geospatial information to describe, assess, and visually depict physical features and geographically referenced activities on the Earth. Information collected and processed by NGA is tailored for customer-specific solutions. By giving customers ready access to geospatial intelligence, NGA provides support to civilian and military leaders and contributes to the state of readiness of U.S. military forces. NGA also contributes to humanitarian efforts such as tracking floods and fires, and in peacekeeping. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, NGA operates major facilities in the St. Louis, Missouri and Washington, D.C. areas. NGA also fields support teams worldwide.

The mission of the National Security Agency (NSA) is to monitor, gather, and decode foreign communications signals from around the world, protect America’s own security and communications from exploitation, and transform data into key intelligence for use by the highest levels of U.S. decision- makers.

NSA has opportunities for high school and college students, graduating college seniors, and experienced civilian professionals in the areas of computer science, computer/electrical engineering, cryptanalysis, foreign languages, intelligence analysis, mathematics, and signals analysis.

The mission of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) is to provide high-quality education programs (grades K-12) for the children of military service members and civilian DOD employees stationed in 13 foreign countries, certain areas of the United States, and select U.S. territories and possessions.

More than 200 DODEA schools employ approximately 17,000 professional educators and support staff members who serve over 100,000 students. DODEA is currently recruiting for highly qualified educators to teach in DOD schools.

Washington Headquarters Service (WHS) is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense. It provides employment information and assistance to OSD, as well as other DOD organizations.

WHS seeks Presidential Management Fellows (PMFs) and other civilian employees with diverse skills and backgrounds. Graduates from all fields - including the biological sciences, accounting, public affairs, environmental affairs, information systems, operations research, public health, mathematics, law, economics, public administration, and international affairs - are encouraged to apply.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is DOD’s agency for high-level research and development. Its mission is to develop imaginative, innovative, and often high-risk research ideas offering significant technological impact that will go well beyond the normal evolutionary developmental approaches.

DARPA has job opportunities for scientists, engineers, and a wide variety of other occupations requiring security, administrative, budget, and management expertise.

The Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA) provides legal advice and services for all Department of Defense agencies, field activities, and other assigned organizations.

Civilian employees, including attorneys, provide a wide range of legal and other services in support of DLSA.

The Missile Defense Agency is responsible for using ballistic missile defense to protect America’s homeland, allies, and deployed forces. MDA employs civilians in many career fields, including engineering, mathematics, computer science, physical sciences, business information technology, operations research, and administration.

MDA has programs for recent college graduates - the Career Intern Program (CIP) entry level; and students - the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) Co-op.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) provides basic law enforcement and security for the Pentagon and other Department of Defense activities and facilities within the National Capitol Region (NCR).

The agency actively recruits high-quality, physically fit individuals who are interested in a challenging and rewarding career protecting the nation’s military command center.

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