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JPRA Frequently Asked Questions

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Personnel Recovery?

What is an isolating event?

How and when was the JPRA established?

What does the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) do?

Who works for JPRA?

How many people work for the JPRA?

Does the JPRA give tours of its facilities?

What is the JPRA’s role/participation with other government agencies/foreign countries?

Who oversees the JPRA?

Can I work for the JPRA?

What does the JPRA seal mean?

What does the POW/MIA flag symbolize?

How is JPRA organized?

Who commands/directs the Agency?

Do you rescue people like the Coast Guard?

Who attends JPRA training?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What is Personnel Recovery?

 

Personnel Recovery is the sum of military, diplomatic, and civil efforts to prepare for and execute the recovery and reintegration of isolated personnel.

 

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What is an isolating event?

 

An isolating event is an incident wherein persons become separated or isolated from friendly support and are forced to survive, evade, resist, or escape.

 

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How and when was the JPRA established?

 

JPRA History

 

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What does the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) do?

 

The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency’s primary mission is to support the warfighter by instilling the confidence that they have the skills necessary to protect themselves and avoid isolation, but, if isolated, they will not be left behind.

 

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Who works for JPRA?

 

The JPRA carefully selects well-qualified people with subject matter expertise in, training, education, intelligence, oversight, guidance, analysis, and technology. Selection is highly competitive and employees must complete a background investigation.

 

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How many people work for the JPRA?

 

JPRA is authorized 40 military and 210 civilian positions.

 

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Does the JPRA give tours of its facilities?

 

No. Entry to JPRA facilities is limited to employees and those with direct business with the agency.

 

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What is the JPRA’s role/participation with other government agencies/foreign countries?

 

As the Department of Defense Personnel Recovery Office of Primary Responsibility (DoD PR OPR), the JPRA interacts with other government organizations to advance the United States government’s commitment to the safe and rapid recovery of private American citizens and United States government personnel taken hostage or isolated overseas. JPRA also interacts with the United States’ multinational partners to educate, advise, and assist in their respective personnel recovery programs.

 

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Who oversees the JPRA?

 

The Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 

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Can I work for the JPRA?

 

Selection is highly competitive and employees must complete a background investigation. To find job openings and apply go to Careers

 

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What does the JPRA seal mean?

 

Seal Description

 

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What does the POW/MIA flag symbolize?

 

The flag was designed as a symbol of personnel taken as prisoners-of-war or missing-in-action.

 

The flag was awarded official status by US Public Law 101-355 August 10, 1990. It was designated "as a symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. Thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation.”

 

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How is JPRA organized?

 

Organizational Chart

 

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Who commands/directs the Agency?

 

The agency is led by a director who is a military officer. The director reports to the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

 

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Do you rescue people like the Coast Guard?

 

No. JPRA does not directly rescue isolated personnel. JPRA enables the DoD to prevent, prepare for, and respond to isolating events.

 

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Who attends JPRA training?

 

JPRA trains personnel who are in charge of recovery planning and those persons at high risk of isolation. Typical students include the military, DoD civilians, and interagency personnel.

 

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The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) is a Chairman's Controlled Activity. JPRA is designated as DoD's office of primary responsibility for DoD-wide personnel recovery matters, less policy. JPRA is headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Virginia with schools located in Fredericksburg, VA and Spokane, WA.
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