In February 2007, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launched its Wounded Warrior Program (WWP) to provide temporary assignments/internships for wounded service members rehabilitating at local military treatment facilities. The NRO recognized temporary assignments assist service members’ recovery and provide a meaningful work experience which facilitates their transition to the civilian workforce. NRO’s WWP also has provided opportunities for the DoD and the intelligence community (IC) to recruit separating service members for permanent employment. One challenge NRO experienced has been securing timely permanent Federal civilian employment for these interns upon their medical release from military service. The primary reason for NRO’s challenge is the organization’s limited availability of permanent billets for civilian positions. Based upon the success of this program, the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence is supporting a similar program throughout the Department’s security and intelligence community.
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