DO YOU HAVE A STRONG DESIRE TO SEE THE WORLD AND GET PAID FOR IT?? THE PERSONNEL EXCHANGE PROGRAM ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO SERVE EITHER IN OTHER BRANCHES OF THE U.S. MILITARY OR IN FOREIGN MILITARIES AS FULLY INTEGRATED MEMBERS OF THOSE ORGANIZATIONS.
The Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) opportunity is aimed at enhancing international and inter-service relationships and currently there are about 200 exchanges with around 20 different nations, including amazing postings in countries like Australia, Belgium, and France.
Don’t feel left out if you are not in the Navy, there are 40 inter-service exchanges with the US Air Force, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard too!
THE PERSONNEL EXCHANGE PROGRAM, AVAILABLE THROUGH DETAILERS, ALLOWS SAILORS TO SERVE WITH FOREIGN NAVIES OR WITH ANOTHER BRANCH OF THE U.S. MILITARY. IF IT IS NOT AN ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRY, SAILORS WILL BE SENT TO LANGUAGE TRAINING BEFORE INTEGRATION.
“While not away, my family and I have maximized every opportunity we could for travel and playing the tourists,” said Lt. Joshua Cowart. “The British Isles are beautiful and full of so much history. Europe is an easy day trip away and we’ve on more than one occasion had breakfast in the UK, lunch in France, and dinner in Belgium.” All Hands Magazine
Sounds amazing right?!?!?
Have you started to wonder if you are eligible yet?? Heck, I wish I was in the Navy so I could participate with PEP!
The program is designator and rating-driven as well as NEC-driven; in order to be considered for exchange you have to be in pay grades E-5 and above, pass security clearance and be willing to become a military ambassador of the United States. To learn more about eligibility you should chat with your rating detailer!
So why else would you want to voluntarily leave the Untied States for at least 24 months??? Well for starters, along with the perks of living abroad, you will receive your normal pay you quite possibly special allowances based on your final assignment such as Overseas Housing Allowance, Cost of Living Allowance, Hardship Duty Pay and Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus.