Would you be interested in leveraging your professional work experience in defense, manufacturing, transportation, supply chains, business processes, communications networks, and more towards the applications of Army modeling and simulations?
Do you enjoy solving complex technical problems and tackling difficult technological challenges? And do you also want to serve in the U.S. Army? If you answered yes to these questions, you may have what it takes to become a member of the Army’s dedicated Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Workforce as a Functional Area 57 (FA57) Modeling and Simulation Officer.
For this direct commission program, the U.S. Army is seeking professionals with key technical skills and work experience in systems and industrial engineering, computer science, or technical management. Once commissioned and trained in the use of Army modeling and simulation, you will work in positions to apply your technical skills in Army modeling and simulation to design, develop, and optimize real-world systems and to conduct large scale global readiness exercises, support modernization efforts, and to enhance decision making.
Qualified civilians can APPLY NOW for a direct appointment as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army’s Functional Area 57. If selected, you could help build and establish the future of the Army’s capabilities and technologies as an officer. Most applicants will come in as a Captain or a Major, depending on a thorough review and calculation of relevant education, training, and work experience.
You will bring your extensive skills, experience, and education to bear in preparing our military to defend our nation in and through Live, Virtual, Constructive, and Gaming domains. In doing this, you’ll design, develop, and conduct military exercises to ensure that our forces are able to respond to any situation as a premier fighting force. You will also implement the tools, capabilities, applications, processes, and technologies necessary to enable modernization teams of developers and analysts to design future capabilities.
Functional Area 57 Simulations Operations (FA57) Officers specialize in increasing human and organizational performance by creating realistic simulation environments where leaders plan, train, test, and experiment, in support of readiness, modernization, and enhanced decision support. They are the Army’s experts at translating complex concepts into operational solutions. This can be accomplished by applying a simulation, systems integration, or operational knowledge management. FA57 Officers are critical thinkers and problem solvers who extrapolate operational requirements and needs from multiple data points into commander’s requirements and propose solutions. They are technologically savvy and understand best how to leverage new and emerging systems and technologies to support organizational training and operations across the Army. Additionally, FA57s are highly effective at planning, preparing, communicating, and executing this support at the Tactical, Operational, and Strategic levels.
Upon selection and appointment, you will attend two schools to prepare you to serve as an Army officer: the 6-week Direct Commissioning Course (Ft. Benning, GA) and the 8-week Simulation Operations Course (Ft. Belvoir, VA). You may also receive additional training, as necessary, to prepare you for specific positions within Army units.
After the completion of your initial training, you’ll be assigned to perform duties related to your skillset in Active or Reserve Component units during the length of your Army commitment.
- Must be a United States citizen; applicants in a dual citizenship status are ineligible.
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.
- Must have at least a four-year college degree, preferably in an acquisition relevant field.
- Must possess relevant work experience in a designated career field.
- Must complete an Army commissioning physical, meeting basic fitness standards for service as an Army officer.
- Must complete the application packet and submit it to the Army Simulation Proponent and School
You will compete against other qualified applicants, and you must be selected from among your peers to fill a specific, operational requirement or critical need. The process may take a few months to complete, but an Army FA57 Modeling and Simulation representative will inform you of the status of your application at key points during the screening and selection process.
Interested candidates should send their resume to Army Models and Simulation Office
Minimum of four years of work experience in a relevant field.
Previous military experience preferred but not required.
Masters Degree, preferably in a relevant field:
Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); Knowledge Management, Computer Science, and Models and Simulations.