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SUBJ/NAVY ATTACHE PROGRAM (CORRECTED COPY)//
NARR/ REF A IS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY INSTRUCTION PRESCRIBING POLICY AND
PUBLISHING GUIDANCE GOVERNING DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY SUPPORT TO THE DEFENSE
REF B IS SECNAV MESSAGE PROMOTING NAVY PARTICIPATION IN THE DEFENSE ATTACHE
REF C IS CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR REF A.
REF D IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON ATTACHE CANDIDATE
APPLICATION AND SELECTION CRITERIA.
REF E IS MILPERSMAN ARTICLE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON ENLISTED CANDIDATE
APPLICATION AND SELECTION CRITERIA.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN provides information and updates on the Navy’s
participation in the Defense Attache Service (DAS) for Navy personnel.
2. The Navy looks to its most qualified and capable officers and enlisted
personnel to fill demanding and rewarding positions as Senior Defense
Officials/Defense Attaches, Naval Attaches, Assistant Naval Attaches,
Operations Coordinators and Operations Assistants in exotic and unique
locations. They will serve as a part of the U.S. Defense Attache Office
(USDAO) team, based at U.S. Embassies in 78 countries. All candidates are
trained at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) 13-week Joint Military
Attache School, and depending on their assigned country, extensive language
training may be provided prior to arriving on station. Naval Attaches are
the voice of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) and Chief of Naval
Operations, articulating policies as well as Navy strategy to a host nation.
Naval Attaches observe and report information to reduce strategic surprise,
and call attention to issues that will affect U.S. interests in time for
decision makers to act. Naval Attaches have provided observations that have
been briefed at the highest levels of government. Our Naval Attaches build
strong, lasting relationships with partners who share a common vision of
maritime security. As part of the U.S. Embassy country team and in support
of the Ambassadors objectives, Naval Attaches play a critical role in
enhancing relationships in host nations which are not traditional or long-
3. The SECNAV considers the Navy’s contribution to the DAS as one of his
most critical responsibilities, as expanded upon in references (a) and (b).
For Naval Attaches, SECNAV is the final approval authority for officers
nominated to serve in the DAS under DIA. The Director of Naval Intelligence
manages the day-to-day operation of the Navy Attache Program as detailed in
4. For those who meet the selection criteria of references (d) and (e),
service in the DAS offers unique opportunities for the best and most highly
qualified Navy personnel. Through a robust, competitive selection and
training process, service members and their families will ultimately be
posted at U.S. Embassies around the world in one of more than 150 DAS
a. Over the next year, Navy Attache Affairs will screen for attache
positions in: Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma,
Cameroon, Chile, China, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany,
Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya,
Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines,
Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, United Arab
Emirates, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.
b. In addition, exceptional Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer and
enlisted personnel will be able to screen as Operations Coordinators (OPSCO)
and Operations Assistants (OPSAsst) positions in: Australia, China,
Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, United
Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
5. To demonstrate the importance SECNAV places on duty at DAOs, as
discussed in reference (a), procedures are in place at Navy Personnel Command
(NPC) to expand the eligibility for DAS assignments. Active promotion and
advertising of the program has been implemented and NPC is working to further
incentivize and reward DAS service through statutory promotion board
precepts. Additionally, these tours frequently offer language training,
Foreign Language Proficiency Pay, and Special Duty Assignment Pay for
6. For additional information about these exceptional opportunities visit
the following Navy Personnel Command webpages:
a. Attache and OPSCO positions: http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS
b. OPSAsst positions: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc
7. This message will remain in effect until superseded or canceled,
whichever occurs first.
8. Released by VADM Jan E. Tighe, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Information Warfare, OPNAV N2N6.