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Military Career Opportunities

Are you a service member interested in a career in geospatial intelligence? Join NGA! Assignment opportunities are available through the individual service specific human resources online assignment tools and MarketPlaces for active duty members and reservists.

Military personnel are critical to NGA’s mission to deliver world-class GEOINT that provides a decisive advantage to policymakers, warfighters, intelligence professionals and first responders. You will have access to advanced GEOINT training that will enable you to leverage your military experience and forge new skills, and collaborate with mission partners on a variety of exciting projects.

Military Career Opportunities

Active Duty

The NGA Active Duty Military Personnel Support team, known as the J1, consists of highly skilled active-duty military and civilian personnel who provide leadership, direct support and guidance to the agency’s Military Personnel Management Office, Human Development Directorate, and the Director of Operations and staff.

What We Do

J1 oversees and executes all military personnel human resources programs to ensure NGA-assigned military members maximize their talents to accomplish NGA’s mission. The team takes a customer-centric approach to deliver the highest levels of care, attention, support and satisfaction.

The team provides support to programs, policies and processes, strategic initiatives and daily operations to optimize the use of all active duty and full-time reserve military personnel assigned to NGA.

Active duty personnel may be assigned to NGA as part of the regular assignment process. Certain career fields are eligible for the Military Service Intern Program, which includes the Geospatial Career Advancement and Junior Officer GEOINT programs.

Veterans with Service-Related Disabilities

NGA offers the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) program to accommodate qualifying veterans. Veterans that take part in this program can develop their careers while contributing their military skillset to NGA.

Persons with Disabilities Program

The PWD Program was established to recruit and advocate for the hiring of qualified individuals with disabilities to meet NGA’s mission needs. Veterans must have a Veterans Affairs letter certifying 30+% disability rating with a VA seal indicating authenticity and can be found on eBenefits.

Application Process:

  • Review the current announcements on 
  • If you find a job posting for which you want to apply, review your resume and ensure it addresses all the mandatory qualifications associated with the announcement. All mandatory qualifications must be demonstrated in your resume.
  • Obtain proof of eligibility (Schedule A letter or VA letter indicating a 30 percent or greater disability rating).
    • The Schedule A letter must be from a Certifying Officer or certified physician.
    • The VA Letter must have the VA seal indicating authenticity; it can be obtained via eBenefits.
  • Send your resume and proof of eligibility to In the email, reference the job posting for which you are applying.
  • Once received, your resume will undergo a qualification check. Please understand that due to high volume, you may not receive an immediate response.
  • If you are qualified, your resume will be submitted to the respective Career Service for consideration. This process is not a guarantee for hire.

For more information about the NGA Persons with Disabilities Program, contact

Chaplain Services

NGA Chaplain provides the Religious support and activities to the workforce. The Religious Support Team (RST) consists of one officer, the chaplain, and one enlisted soldier, the religious affairs specialist. Their long-standing history of cooperative ministry within a diverse religious and spiritual culture serves to provide the best care for the spiritual needs of COD personnel. The RST advises leadership on any matters pertaining to religion and ethics while ensuring the right of DoD personnel to practice the free exercise of religion. The RST is also able to integrate its capabilities and functions into the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multination environment.

What we do:

Chaplains come from a variety of faith traditions working together in a pluralistic religious environment. Their extensive history of cooperative ministry within a diverse religious culture serves to provide the best pastoral care for DoD personnel. Chaplains advise leadership on religious accommodation and ethics while ensuring the right of DoD personnel to practice the free exercise of religion. 

Chaplains provide pastoral care and counseling in a variety of ways rooted in their own faith histories and traditions. Although comprised of various religions, chaplains uniformly minister to those they serve from a faith-based perspective on life. Their faith shapes their approach to assisting those they serve.