Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) Personal Entitlements

Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) Personal Entitlements

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Target Audience

This learning guide is designed for DoD personnel who are assigned to work in Security Cooperation Organizations (SCOs) overseas. It is designed to provide information on entitlements and requirements for personnel assigned to a SCO and to address some of the circumstances you may find on station.

  • Not applicable for U.S. personnel deploying to Afghanistan
  • Not applicable to Locally Employed Staff (LES) in US embassies
  • No certificate provided or required


The purpose of this learning guide is to make you aware of the major entitlements and requirements related to your new duty position in a SCO. Additionally, we will address some of the circumstances that you can expect to find on station and that you may want to prepare for now. However, this lesson does not address all issues for all SCOs. At this point in your transition, you should be in contact with your sponsor in the SCO. He or she can provide you with a welcome packet and other information that will describe details on local conditions for you and your family, if you are in an accompanied status.

This guide is divided into four major sections:

  1. Before You Go
    Addresses eligibility for passports, civilian clothing allowance, shipment of household goods, POVs, etc.
  2. SCO Housing
    Addresses private and government-paid leases, housing entitlements, eligibility for housing space, welcome kits, etc.
  3. Entitlements on Station
    Addresses cost of living allowance, hardship pay, FEML transportation, dependent student travel, and other miscellaneous entitlements.
  4. Other Issues and Support
    Addresses mail and diplomatic pouch, medical support, dependent schooling, etc.


The SCO Entitlements learning guide takes approximately one hour to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does DSCU track my completion of this training?

No. DSCU does not track this training, nor does it schedule class time during SCM-O. Students are encouraged to take this training on their own time as soon as possible to plan for their move.

How can I get in touch with the SCO to which I am assigned?

Your SCO should have designated a sponsor who is responsible for contacting you. If this has not happened, you can contact the desk officer for your country in your geographic combatant command (CENTCOM in Tampa, EUCOM and AFRICOM in Stuttgart, PACOM in Honolulu, SOUTHCOM in Miami, or NORTHCOM at Peterson AFB, Colorado). You may be scheduled for an orientation visit to your combatant command en route to your SCO. This may occur before or after you attend DSCU.

Are the entitlements described in this learning guide applicable to all SCOs?

Not necessarily. It depends on the country, COCOM, and other factors. This learning module has been designed to address most entitlements and circumstances for SCO personnel, but each US embassy and SCO has a unique operating and living environment.

What if I am assigned to the staff of a combatant command (CCMD) instead of a SCO?

It is still useful for you to review this presentation, as it will explain to you the entitlements and requirements of those SCO personnel whom you are supporting from the CCMD headquarters.

Who do I contact if I have any technical issues with this learning guide?

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Course Login

Registration for DSCU courses is completed using the Cornerstone on Demand (CSOD) Learning Management System (LMS) hosted by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). You will access the LMS using a dialog similar to that shown to the left. Click the "Need help signing in?" link (indicated by the arrow) if you need help.

If you are a student who currently occupies a Security Cooperation Workforce position, you should be immediately redirected to DSCU’s instance of the CSOD learning management system after logging into the DAU hosted site. If you do not see any DSCU courses available after login, you will need to take one of the following actions:

  1. Register for the Introduction to Security Cooperation Course (SC-101).
  2. Change your organization in your CSOD profile. Follow these Directions for Changing your Organinization so you can view your DSCU courses.

Click the button below if you are ready to proceed.

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