The Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) is one of three Combat Training Centers (CTCs) in the U.S. Army, and the only one located outside the United States. JMRC plans and conducts maneuver training exercises for (typically) brigade‐size units preparing to conduct high‐intensity, counter‐insurgency, peacekeeping, and other military operations. In support of U.S. Army Europe’s mission to strengthen alliances and build partner capacity, training units at JMRC are always multinational, consisting of a mixture of U.S., NATO Ally, and NATO Partner Country formations. The Hohenfels Training Area (HTA) is approximately 163 km2 in size and contains seven replicated urban areas. JMRC conducts up to 10 exercises per year, each lasting approximately 3 weeks in total.
The OE Training Specialist serves as part of JMRC’s 7‐person OE Team. After 17 years of conflicts in which local populations and the civil environment have had a significant impact on mission success, the U.S. military has incorporated Stability Operations into its doctrine for training and conducting operations. The OE Team is responsible for developing, executing, and dynamically adjusting the civil environment factors of each exercise in order to facilitate achieving the unit’s stability training tasks. Current focus areas for Stability Operations training in Europe include Hybrid Warfare, Information Operations, Civil‐Military Coordination, Electronic Warfare, and replicating /countering typical aggressor tactics such as those observed in Eastern Ukraine.
Significant OE Training Specialist Responsibilities Include:
- Working with training units during pre‐exercise planning to identify their stability training objectives.
- Writing / adjusting the exercise background scenario to create a political, social, and economic context for the selected stability training tasks.
- Examples include a large‐scale NATO Article V conflict in Europe, peacekeeping in Kosovo, and counter‐insurgency operations in Afghanistan.
- Developing civil environment challenges that will exercise the unit’s selected stability training tasks.
- Writing notional open‐source media articles that set the scene for the exercise, as well as articles reflecting dynamic events that occur during exercise execution.
- Creating identities and biographies for roughly 450 civilian role players who act as local residents and political leaders living through the fictional conflict.
- Identifying and coordinating the participation of appropriate civilian agency representatives in each exercise – e.g. State Department, USAID, equivalent partner country agencies, UNHCR, ICRC, and/or various NGOs.
- Delivering Stability Operations classroom training based on USAID’s District Stability Framework.
- Classes may take place at JMRC or at training units’ home stations, such as the United States, Italy, the UK, Poland, the Baltic States, and the Republic of Georgia.
- Reviewing draft higher headquarters orders to ensure they support the stability operations training objectives.
- Briefing JMRC Observer‐Controller (OC) Teams, civilian role players, the training unit, civilian agency representatives, and others on the exercise scenario.
- During exercise execution, monitoring unit performance and adjusting the civil environment based on the quality of training unit and adversary force interactions with the local population.
- Coordinating with and briefing JMRC leaders on civil environment developments throughout the exercise.
- After each exercise, conducting or contributing to After Action Reviews (AARs) that reflect the unit’s interaction with the civilian population and performance of their Stability training tasks.
- Write occasional articles reflecting on exercise lessons learned for publication in the JMRC newsletter or military / foreign policy journals.
- Review / provide input to US and NATO Stability Operations doctrine.
- The position may require travel to the US and other NATO / Partner countries; not likely to exceed 5 weeks per year.
- The OE team, as part of the REDSS contract, supports the JMRC’s Senior Interagency Training Advisor.
- Master’s Degree in a relevant field (e.g. political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology)
- OR Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field plus at least three academic or refereed publications is expected
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience working in conflict or unstable areas (defined as a “Warning” or “Alert” countries on the Fragile States Index) is expected
- A minimum of 2 years’ experience working with or for DoD, USAID, the State Department, IOs, or NGOs in a developing country other than Afghanistan or Iraq is expected
- A minimum of 1 year of civil‐military experience working with USAID, the State Department, IOs, or NGOs (if coming from a military background) or working with military units (if coming from a civilian background) in the last 10 years is expected
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to write clear and concise reports and memoranda
- Ability to make presentations to provide information and instructions
- Capable of explaining complex issues in a concise manner
- Proficient in MS Office software products, i.e. PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
- Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements to obtain and maintain a US Government or NATO Secret Level Clearance.
Remuneration, Work Conditions and Benefits:
- Generous salary package to include a base salary, overseas allowances and housing allowances.
- Due to delays in the German government recognizing the current contract as being Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) eligible, all new hires will be considered “Ordinarily Resident” in Germany and therefore subject to German income taxes. Once hired, this status is permanent, even if the contract’s SOFA eligibility changes later. German-language tax calculator available here: www.bmf‐steuerrechner.de .
- Ordinarily Resident employees are not eligible to use the Army Post Office or to shop at the PX, Commissary, or Gas Station. Note that military retirees’ use of these services is also tightly controlled.
- 401k contribution opportunity, with company match.
- Company‐sponsored (employee paid) benefits package including medical, vision and life insurance options.
- 10 days of paid time off (PTO) per year (inclusive of vacation and sick leave), plus 10 paid US federal holidays.
- New employees may be eligible for relocation assistance (shipment of household goods) with an expectation of a minimum commitment of 2 years of service to the contract.
- The cost of German government K‐12 schools is nominal. Cubic may offer a partial subsidy for private international schools (available in Regensburg).
- Average 40 hours per week, M‐F. Additional hours and weekend / holiday work are common during exercises to which the individual is assigned, with an opportunity for a shorter work week afterwards.
- The Hohenfels Training Area is located in the Upper Palatinate (Oberpfalz) region of Northeast Bavaria.
- The closest town with shops and services is Parsberg, which is a 15‐minute drive from the base. Parsberg lies along Autobahn 3 and is served by a train station, both of which provide connections to the larger cities of Neumarkt (25 minutes), the World Heritage Site of Regensburg (30 minutes), and Nuremberg (55 minutes).
- The area offers a wide range of historical, cultural, outdoor sports, and culinary attractions.
Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements to obtain and maintain a US Government or NATO Secret Level Clearance.
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