6 Things you Need to Know about Army Civil Affairs

The Civil Affairs/Military Government Branch was established on August 17, 1955. Today, the dedicated Soldiers who serve in this branch play an integral role in peacekeeping operations around the world. Below are 6 things you may not have known about Army Civil Affairs.

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1)  The mission of the Army’s Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) is to organize, train, equip, validate, and prepare Army Reserve Soldiers for worldwide support to regional combatant commanders overseas.

2) USACAPOC consists of 12,730 Soldiers, 4 Civil Affairs Commands, 2 Psychological Operations Groups and 1 training Brigade.

3) USACAPOC(A) is composed mostly of U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers in units throughout the United States, with its headquarters at Ft. Bragg, NC.

4) In the aftermath of war and natural disasters, USACAPOC teams help restore communities infrastructure by building roads, schools, medical facilities, sewer lines, etc., and follow up assessments to ensure progress for the future.

5)  Civil Affairs Soldiers are responsible for executing 5 core civil affairs tasks; Civil Information Management, Foreign Humanitarian Assistance, Nation Assistance, Population Resource Control and Support to Civil Administration.

6) USACAPOC strive to support our nation’s objectives overseas by sword, deed, and word.

Check out the images below highlighting USACAPOCs commitment to civil affairs in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, and Africa:

Staff Sgt. Hansel, a civil affairs team sergeant from U.S. Army Special Operations Command, places an identification bracelet on a Haitian man in a displacement camp in Port-au-Prince, signifying he is to receive a new tent during a humanitarian aid distribution, Feb. 20. The civil affairs team conducted the operation jointly with the 82nd Airborne Division and Shelter Box, a non-governmental organization which provided the tents.

Staff Sgt. Hansel, a civil affairs team sergeant from U.S. Army Special Operations Command, places an identification bracelet on a Haitian man in a displacement camp in Port-au-Prince, signifying he is to receive a new tent during a humanitarian aid distribution, Feb. 20. The civil affairs team conducted the operation jointly with the 82nd Airborne Division and Shelter Box, a non-governmental organization which provided the tents.

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Djiboutian Grande Douda (village) Chief Ali discusses village affairs with U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Le Clerc assigned to the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion, with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in Djibouti on May 27, 2009. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Kulp, U.S. Navy.

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2nd Lieutenant Ben Backsmeir, a West Point Rotary Ambassador Scholar, hands a pair of long-lasting insecticidal nets to a resident of Hawi Gudina, a village hard-hit by malaria, during a net distribution by a U.S. Army 418th Civil Affairs team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) July 27, 2010.

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Major Christian Jenni, left, of Ocean City, New Jersey with the 405th Civil Affairs of the U.S. Army listens to a local man as he airs a grievance during a weekly meeting called a Shura to discuss issues of local governance in Orgune, Afghanistan.

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6 Things you Need to Know about Army Civil Affairs