Civilian Appropriated Fund (AF) Employment


Welcome to your link to Civilian employment information at Fort Detrick for both internal (Merit Promotion) and external (Delegated Examining) recruitment. Feel free to visit our office and pick up various recruitment brochures to assist you in your job search.


Civilians have been an integral part of the U.S. Army since the Revolutionary War. The Board of War and Ordnance was established in 1776 with responsibility to equip and dispatch troops; account for arms, ammunition and equipment; maintain personnel records; and disburse funds. The board was made up of five members of the Continental Congress, clerks and a paid secretary — Richard Peters, the first Army civilian. Civilians were hired by the Continental Army for driving, crafts, carpentry and laborer jobs.


Today, with more than 330,000 civilian employees, Army Civilian Service is the largest, busiest and most successful "company" within the Department of Defense. Army civilians have skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. We are federal civil servants and are committed to selfless service in the performance of our duties in support of our nation and consider it an honor and a privilege to support our soldiers.


We encourage Fort Detrick employees and supervisors to visit our full Civilian Personnel Advisory Center website on the Installation Extranet. Here you will find a wealth of information for employees about benefits, compensation, personal wellness, veterans and more. For supervisors there is information about hiring, performance, incentive awards, classification, labor relations, employee relations, and management.

How to Apply for Jobs

All of our announcements, both internal and external, are posted on USAJobs. Please read the 'Who May Apply' to see if you are eligible to be considered for the specific vacancy. Internal announcements may be confined to Army or Status applicants only, while external announcements are open to all US citizens.


You can create up to five distinct resumes in USAJOBS. You can search for jobs easily in several different ways for various positions at locations throughout the world, including Fort Detrick.


Check out the USAJOBS website for a wealth of helpful information. Below you will find USA Staffing PowerPoint Briefings that will describe USA Staffing, including the Application Manager which will explain how to apply for jobs in USA Staffing and how to fine-tune your job search. There are other useful links below to help with your job application process.


Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards — These standards describe the minimum qualification requirements (for example, educational, medical, age, experience, etc.) for each occupational series for white collar Federal civilian occupations.


Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations (Wage Grade) — Describes the skills, knowledge, abilities, and personal characteristics needed for the particular job being filled for wage grade positions.

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Helpful Links


Create an account in USAJobs

USA Jobs Sign In Page

USA Jobs Tips for Applicants Brochure [PDF]

USA Jobs Tips for Military Spouses Brochure [PDF]


Quick Guide to USA Jobs Application Process [PDF]




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Other Application Information

Request Military RecordsIf you do not have a copy of your DD214 Member 4 (Report of Separation) copy you may request it through this website.

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Other Sites Listing Employment Opportunities & Guidance

Frederick County Workforce Services (FCWS)

As one of the nation's One-Stop Career Centers, FCWS links businesses in need of qualified employees with individuals seeking employment opportunities.


Military to Federal Jobs Crosswalk

Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website with information that helps translate military occupations to Federal jobs.


Defense Intelligence Agency



Student Opportunities

Student Research Opportunities at the U. S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Students (undergraduate and graduate) may apply through the ORISE program. To learn more about the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and its research programs visit their website or call (301) 619-4624.


Civilian Employment Opportunities for
Scientists and Engineers with an Advanced Degree(s)

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