The U.S. Army’s Information Operations (IO) officers are known by their career field designation of Functional Area 30 (FA30). These officers are responsible for synchronizing, coordinating, and integrating information effects into unit operations. They use information-related capabilities (IRC) to influence, disrupt, corrupt, or usurp the decision-making of adversaries.
FA30 officers attend the 12-week Information Operations Qualification Course (IOQC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The IOQC develops officers with the competencies to serve as IO staff officers. Most assignments for FA30 officers are 24 to 36 months in length.
Officers who successfully complete IOQC receive their FA30 IO designator and can submit to be awarded a 30A secondary Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).