The U.S. Navy has created five Additional Qualification Designators (AQD) to identify officers with experience and education relating to the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) area of responsibility (AOR). The five PACOM AOR-focused AQDs align with the regional proficiency skill level guidelines outlined in the Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction 5160.70 at www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/516070p.pdf. More information on the AQD series and corresponding requirements for each level are found in the Manual of Navy Officer Manpower and Personnel Classifications, Volume I at www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/noc/NOOCSVol1/Pages/default.aspx, and on the Navy Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) website at www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/language_culture/pages/default2.aspx. Officers who already have qualifying experience and/or education may self-nominate for an APAC Hands AQD.
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