In this section, please find the answers to some of DIA’s most frequently asked questions.

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Please apply for one of DIA’s career fields through job announcements available on  https://diajobs.dia.mil.

Yes. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen at the time of application and are subject to a thorough background inquiry.

Yes, DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, personal favoritism, protected genetic information, or other non-merit factors. DIA provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, as appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the servicing Human Resources Specialist/Manager.

DIA applies Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, “DCIPS Employment and Placement”. If you are a veteran claiming veteran’s preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package.

DIA encourages all applicants to exercise the utmost discretion throughout the application process. We ask that you simply state that you have applied for a government position with the DoD. We also suggest that you refrain from discussing details of your employment processing on social networking sites.

The application process can be lengthy. In addition to being selected for competitive positions, every applicant is required to have a Top Secret/Special Compartmentalized Information clearance. The length to receive a clearance is unique to each applicant in terms of life experience and background.

The background investigation helps determine the applicant's honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, discretion and unquestioned loyalty to the United States. During the background investigation, previous and current employment, education, and residence are verified; and interviews are conducted with knowledgeable sources, such as friends, neighbors, supervisors and co-workers. In addition, credit and police checks are conducted to ensure the applicant meets the standards for access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. Personal interviews are conducted to review the completed security forms and discuss the topics necessary to help DIA adjudicate the applicant's eligibility for a security clearance.

Yes, all DIA officers are subject to initial and periodic counterintelligence-scope polygraph tests.

All DIA officers are subject to worldwide deployment to crisis situations and may be required to serve anywhere in the world.

Yes.  Once you come onboard, you will have the opportunity to meet with your manager to discuss and develop a training plan that best suits your needs. DIA also offers career counseling and mentoring.

DIA Headquarters is conveniently located on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington D.C., just minutes from downtown Washington, National Harbor in Maryland, and Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia.