The Eurasian Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Program prepares U.S. military officers and officers of allied nations to be leading regional experts and to serve in key political-military assignments throughout Eurasia.
While each FAO executes a unique, tailored, individual training program, most FAOs can expect to spend 12-15 months living, working, and traveling in Eurasia, as well as participating in Marshall Center activities.
FAO Major Darren Evans clears his rifle after a patrol with the Republic of Georgia forces in Iraq. GCMC FAOs frequently train with foreign militaries as part of their program.
The training program components include:
- host nation home stays;
- advanced language training;
- work assignments at U.S. embassies in the region and/or with Eurasian militaries;
- regional field studies and research;
- attendance at host nation civilian and military academic institutions;
- and participation in Marshall Center resident courses.
After completing the program, FAOs will go on to serve in U.S. embassies in the region, on NATO and major U.S. theater command staffs, and on numerous operational missions throughout the world.
FAOs have been described as the United States' soldier-statesmen. Since its inception in 1946, the Eurasian FAO Training Program has graduated 91 classes, consisting of 1365 students, to include 19 general officers, 20 ambassadors, and numerous other high-ranking dignitaries.