Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

Army CEW Deployment Opportunities Application Instructions!

Section I. Volunteer Application Procedures

The Department of Defense (DoD) has made establishing an agile civilian workforce with expeditionary capabilities one of its top priorities. To assist in meeting DoD's goal, the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel Readiness (USD (P&R)) directed commanders at all levels to support civilian employees wishing to volunteer for deployment, unless there is a significant negative impact on the organization mission.

Department of the Army civilian volunteer deployment applications for Department of Defense Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (DoD CEW) joint mission vacancies are coordinated through the Department of the Army Assistant G-1 (Civilian Personnel Policy) and Army Commands (ACOM) as a part of the civilian volunteer deployment process.

Civilians who want to volunteer for a DoD CEW deployment must initiate the application and obtain endorsements from their supervisor and/or ACOM or designee. Upon receipt of the application it is reviewed and the civilian will be considered for deployment in support of a DoD CEW Joint requirement vacancy and internal Army critical mission vacancies. Because the mission in Afghanistan, Africa and other areas supporting the DoD overseas contingency operations are critical, we have structured the application process to make it easier for applicants to apply and expedite the hiring process. New requirements for personnel are identified every day, for that reason all Army Civilian volunteer applications are maintained and establish an available pool of applicants who are interested, qualified and deployable to quickly match people to positions.

Section II. Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteers may find deployment opportunities listed at the following websites,, or Volunteers must obtain endorsements from their supervisor and/or ACOM commander or designee, prior to making application through the DoD CEW application process. OSD may consider you for a deployment once they receive your volunteer application from Assistant G-1 (Civilian Personnel Policy) Civilian Expeditionary Workforce Branch. Selections may take up to three months or longer.

Application: To apply for a DoD CEW job, there are two steps:

  1. Fill out Section 1 of the Army Civilian Volunteer Request for Deployment form.
  2. Obtain endorsement from supervisor, ACOM commander or designee, and Deployment Coordinator in Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the form.

Please click the link below for Step 1 to download the Application Form. Fill it out and when it is completed, submit it with your resume to:
NOTE: Incomplete forms will NOT be considered.

TIP: Read the Deployability disclaimer carefully. Due to the demanding nature of assignments when deployed, prospective applicants should carefully assess their suitability with respect to medical requirements and other personal/legal issues, including eligibility for a security clearance, job history and experience commensurate with the CEW and deployment position description, and ability to handle a job environment with high stress and long (50-80) hours per week.