It is Army's policy that civilians will be used to support the military in carrying out their missions. Installations/Activities will develop and have in place those plans required to support military contingency operations and all other levels of mobilization. The objective is to ensure that qualified Army civilian employees are available in adequate numbers and skills to meet worldwide mission requirements during periods of national emergency, mobilization, war, military crisis, or other contingency.
Basic definitions associated with this program:
Key Employee: Incumbent of a CONUS position that cannot be vacated during war or national emergency without seriously impairing the mission; such employees have unique or scarce managerial or technical skills required by the wartime mission.
Emergency-Essential (E-E) Employee: Incumbent of an overseas position or who would be sent overseas during a crisis situation; position ensures success of combat operations or supports essential combat systems after a mobilization, evacuation order, or other military crisis.
Cadre Employee: A nucleus of trained personnel capable of setting up new operations and training others.
Alternate Employee: A direct hire U.S. citizen employee who is paid from appropriated funds, assigned to a non-E-E position but performing the duties of another E-E civilian position during a crisis situation.
Contingency-Essential Employee: A local national employee in a position equivalent to an E-E position. Overseas commanders shall establish procedures when employing them in contingencies and emergencies, consistent with existing laws and and/or status of forces agreements (SOFAs).
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