Foreign or U.S. local hire personnel employed in a Security Assistance Organization (SAO) are often overlooked when it comes to training. This is especially true when it comes to security assistance training, specifically training at the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM). An annual catalog of course offerings is mailed from DISAM to each SAO. This catalog is commonly used by the security assistance training officer to provide host country personnel with information for prospective students, but is frequently overlooked when considering suitable training for local hires. This paper examines selection/eligibility criteria for local hire personnel attendance at DISAM courses and discusses the application process and important funding information for the SAOs.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND A DISAM COURSE?
The foreign or U.S. local hire individuals who will be employed in the Security Assistance Organization (SAO) for at least one-year and perform functions that directly involve security assistance should attend a DISAM training course. Normally, DoD personnel assigned to overseas security assistance management positions are required by DoDD 2055.3 to complete the SAM-O course prior to deployment to the SAO. The foreign or U.S. local hire is not necessarily included in this requirement, but would benefit greatly from knowledge and training received at DISAM.
The local hire should be anticipated to be in a current assignment for a minimum of oneyear. This one-year requirement is the time for an effective return on the training investment. A request for a waiver of this requirement can be addressed to the DISAM Commandant if the SAO Chief deems the training mission critical.
The individual selected for training should be in a position that would benefit from an overall understanding of the security assistance program and or requires specialized training provided by DISAM. This would include almost all personnel in the SAO except for the driver.
A budget clerk/officer and training clerk/officer would benefit from an overall understanding of security assistance. This would allow them to understand how their specialty affects the overall security assistance effort. They would also appreciate the requirement to do things in a timely and accurate manner. In addition it would help them to support other functions outside their area. The budgeter needs a thorough understanding of the Security Assistance Automated Resource Management Systems (SAARMS), the accounting feeder system. The training manager needs a complete understanding of the Training Management System (TMS).
Other individuals in the SAO who perform functions that directly involve security assistance would also be prime candidates for training at DISAM. This could include members of the host country military that are assigned to work in the SAO's office.
WHICH COURSE SHOULD THEY ATTEND?
The course to be attended is dependent on the eligibility of the individual and the training required. The Foreign National is not eligible for the SAM-O course and the U.S. civilian is not eligible for the SAM-F course. They are both eligible for the other course options. All SAO personnel should receive training on general security assistance activities and the Security Assistance Network (SAN). All training personnel and their backup support personnel should receive training on TMS. All budget personnel and their backup support personnel should receive training on SAARMS.
The following courses are available:
1. For Foreign Nationals:
a. The SAM-F course with additional training in SAARMS, SAN, TMS.* b. The SAM-O special programs only. c. Special tutorial for SAARMS, SAN and or TMS.
2. For Local Hire U.S. Citizens
a. The SAM-O course with additional training in SAARMS and/or TMS (SAN included within SAM-O course).* b. The SAM-O special …