Defense Intelligence Agency


Wounded Warrior Branch

The Wounded Warrior (WW) Program was established by the Department of Defense (DoD) in support of the Operation Warfighter (OWF) Federal government-wide internship program for recovering service members. The Initiative calls on Federal agencies to identify temporary assignments and opportunities for ill and wounded service members convalescing at military medical centers. DIA is a proud participant of this Initiative and strongly encourages all interested candidates to apply to the Agency's WW branch. The goal of the Initiative is to match service members with opportunities that utilize both their military and non-military skills, thereby creating productive assignments that are beneficial to both the service member and the employer. Service members on medical hold, even if assigned to the National Guard and/or a Reserve Component unit, are eligible to participate in the program. DIA does not pay a service member's salary, as they are paid by their respective service. For more information on the Federal OWF internship program, please click here.

Duty schedules for WW participants are dependent on each individual treatment schedule. The schedules are flexible so as not to interfere with the service member's medical treatment or adversely affect their well-being and recuperation. The average length of the temporary assignment is 3-6 months for an average of 20 hours per week.

WW participants are placed in host offices and assigned a supervisor and a mentor. Based on the participant's interests and the needs of the host office, service members may take training to help enhance their skills and to learn new skills. There is no promise of employment at the completion of a WW assignment. However, WW service members released from medical hold status, pending separation from military service, are considered potential candidates for full time employment with DIA.

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. citizenship of participant and all members of the immediate family. (All applicants conditionally selected for the program are required to satisfactorily complete a security background investigation, counterintelligence (CI) scope polygraph examination and drug screening.) Security clearances are not granted to participants who are dual citizens or who possess dual citizenship of the US, etc.
  • All WW participants must satisfy DIA's conditions of employment before a final offer is extended.
  • WW participants must be granted TS/SCI security clearances before a final offer is extended.
  • Wounded Warrior applicants interested in internship opportunities with DIA must be approved by their Chain of Command for participation in the Operation Warfighter Program (OWF).

Participation Highlights

For additional information about the Wounded Warrior Branch, please contact Torland Wingfield, DIA Wounded Warrior Branch Chief at (202) 231-1634, or Program Support Team members Griffin Davis Jr. at (202) 231-3349, or Stephanie Buxton at (202) 231-4615,

DIA is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered without regard to non-merit factors, such as race, national origin, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.