Pentagon Seeks to Improve Process of Deploying Civilians to Warzone

October 12, 2011

The Defense Department is developing a more formal process for deploying civilian employees to war zones.

After nearly 10 years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan — wars that have depended upon the support of deployed federal civilians — Defense offices are starting to strain because of their employees' absences, Anthony Stamilio, the Army's deputy assistant secretary for civilian personnel and quality of life, said Wednesday at the Association of the U.S. Army conference. When civilians volunteer to go overseas, their jobs remain unfilled until they return, which makes it difficult for their home offices to accomplish their missions. 

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