Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

Definition of Civilian Expeditionary Workforce (CEW)

Definition of CEW: A subset of the DoD civilian workforce that is to be organized, trained, cleared and ready in a manner that facilitates the use of their capabilities either in a temporary reassignment and/or duty status or to stay in place overseas to support the DoD mission.

Members of the CEW shall be organized, trained, cleared, equipped, and ready to deploy in support of combat operations by military; contingencies; emergency operations; humanitarian missions; disaster relief; restoration of order, drug interdiction; and stability operations in accordance with DoDD 3000.05.

The CEW is composed of the existing category of Emergency-Essential (E-E) positions and new categories of positions, Non-Combat Essential (NCE), Capability-Based Volunteers (CBVs) and former Army employee volunteers.

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  • Emergency-Essential: A position-based designation to support the success of combat operations or the availability of combat-essential systems.
  • Non-Combat Essential: A position-based designation to support the expeditionary requirements, in other than combat or combat support situations.
  • Capability-Based Volunteer: An employee who may be asked to volunteer for deployment, to remain behind after other civilians have evacuated, or to backfill other Army civilians who have deployed to meet expeditionary requirements in order to ensure that critical expeditionary requirements that may fall outside or within the scope of an individual's position are fulfilled.
  • Capability -Based Former Employee Volunteer Corp: A collective group of former (including retired) Army civilian employees who have agreed to be listed in a database as individuals who may be interested in returning to Federal service as a time-limited employee to serve expeditionary requirements or who can aback fill for these serving other expeditionary requirements. When these individuals are-employed they shall be deemed CBV employees.

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