Individual Augmentee (IA) – Family News

So what is an IA you ask??
From the Kings Bay Periscope

An IA is temporarily assigned duty to Army or Marine Corps units, or to a Joint Task Force and will more than likely work in support positions such base and port operations, medical services and traditional joint intelligence and staff support. Assignments can last from six months to a year in some cases.

Individual Augmentee (IA) is quickly becoming a familiar term with not only Soldiers and Marines, but also with Sailors.

…Navy officials estimate there are more than 10,000 Sailors in IA duty assignments all over the world and nearly half the 4,300 Sailors serving in Iraq are IA’s. 

…The Navy will also pay for families of Sailors deployed on IA duty to move from their area of permanent duty station to an area of greater family support during the deployment. 

Click below for the full article
Kings Bay Periscope:  Base supports IAs with new FFSC program – By MC2(SW) Michael Wiss, Periscope Staff


On a personal note, at the husbands work, there seems to be a new tasking every couple of months for an IA.  I always cringe when he tells me they are looking for volunteers (of which he is on that list).  Of course, most all them want to go, very few times is someone “voluntold” they are going.  Check with your local FFSC for more information on this hot topic. 

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