Department of Defense Education Activity

HQ Employee Orientation

Welcome from the Director

Congratulations on your new career or continuing Federal service and welcome to the DoDEA family! In accepting this position, you have made a commitment not only to DoDEA, but also to the Government of the United States and the children we support. It is our hope that this commitment marks the beginning of a long and distinguished career with us. You are joining an organization of more than 12,000 dedicated employees who perform their work in locations throughout the United States and foreign offices worldwide.

You may find more detailed information on the history, mission, and our organization within the web site. To help you find your place in the DoDEA, we have provided a map that indicates all DoDEA locations, as well as an organization chart.

On behalf of the DoDEA family and myself, we welcome you, and hope that you find this Web-site helpful in orienting you to our agency and in providing you with the tools needed to make a smooth transition to our organization.


Do you remember your first day on the job? Were you confident, or were you a little anxious?

Most employees start a new job feeling a little uneasy about meeting their supervisor and coworkers and measuring up to their new job duties and expectations. They are often anxious to prove themselves and to "fit in" at the workplace. They also have many questions about their new work environment and wonder whether they can really do the job. Supervisors, however, often expect new employees will know what to do or will learn very quickly. Therefore, it is important for all new employees to participate in a solid orientation program to ensure a good start, to avoid potential miscommunication, and to make the job seem more manageable.

This Web-enabled Orientation for Employees is a guide designed to introduce you to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) and to provide a foundation for new employees. It will help you define what orientation is, why it is important, what should be covered during in processing.

Orienting new employees will take some time and effort, but the time and effort spent are advantageous for you and our organization. The reward will assist in making a smooth transition into DoDEA's workforce.

This Web-enabled Orientation for Employees includes in-processing information, administrative forms, and instructions needed to begin your career with the DoDEA. It is our intent to provide you information about us and to provide you guidance that will assist you with your transition to DoDEA. This site is divided into eight sections:

  1. Welcome
  2. DoDEA
  3. Pay and Benefits
  4. Your In-processing
  5. About your Employment
  6. Safety and Security
  7. Headquarters (The Mark Center)

Sections 3, 4 and 5 contain important information and specific personnel forms that you will need to complete, items you need to bring with you on the first day of work, and expectation for the first day.

The Human Resources Regional Service Center's

On behalf of the Human Resources Regional Service Center, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to DoDEA. By accepting your position within our agency, you have demonstrated your interest in, and willingness to accept new challenges and responsibilities. Our agency has a tremendous responsibility of providing a quality education for the children of our military and eligible civilian personnel stationed around the world. Although, you may not be able to see the children's smiles as they enter our schools or when they achieve a special recognition, each position within this agency contributes to their development and to making our school system truly the best in the world!

If you are new to Federal service, you may find some things quite different from life in the private sector. Even if you are coming from another Federal agency, we hope this web-site will provide you with a wealth of helpful information and knowledge. Your feedback is essential! Please let us know, if you need any additional information and make us aware of items or topics we can improve upon. Also, please feel free to let us know how we are doing in meeting your needs.

Here at DoDEA, we believe in providing the best customer service possible for our customers. We also believe in making this agency the employer of choice while "Building a Tradition of Excellence." Our Mission is to support exemplary educational programs in military communities worldwide by recruiting and retaining an ethnically diverse, motivated, and well-qualified instructional and administrative support staff that inspires and prepares all our students for success in a globe environment.

The Human Resources Regional Service Center staff is here to serve you, our customer, by providing professional and caring service. We look forward to serving you and I am hopeful that you will find working at DoDEA to be a rewarding experience.