3rd FY 2021 Contractor Count Decreases by 10,710

During 3rd quarter FY21, USCENTCOM reported approximately 26,887 contractor personnel supporting DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR, a decrease of approximately 10,710 from the previous quarter.

The contractor personnel figures in this report are derived from the USCENTCOM SPOT-ES+ Census in early June, but have since decreased due to ongoing redeployment and related drawdown activities in accordance with the President’s direction.

This report provides Department of Defense (DoD) contractor personnel numbers for 3rd quarter Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) and current status of efforts underway to improve management of contractors accompanying United States (U.S.) Forces. It includes data on DoD contractor personnel deployed in Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS); Iraq and Syria, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR); and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).

Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq & Syria) Summary

Contractor Posture: Approximately 4,516 DoD contractors directly supported DoD-funded contracts in Iraq and Syria. This is a decrease of 3.7% from 2nd quarter FY21.

The distribution of contractors in Iraq and Syria by mission category are:

  • Base Support 1,224 (27.1%)
  • Construction 248 (5.5%)
  • IT/Communications Support 235 (5.2%)
  • Logistics/Maintenance 1,337 (29.6%)
  • Management/Administrative 289 (6.4%)
  • Medical/Dental/Social Services 13 (0.3%)
  • Other 126 (2.8%)
  • Security 140 (3.1%)
  • Training 23 (0.5%)
  • Translator/Interpreter 420 (9.3%)
  • Transportation 461 (10.2%)
    Total: 4,516

Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan) Summary

Contractor Posture: Approximately 7,795 DoD contractors supported operations in Afghanistan during 3rd quarter FY21, a decrease of 53.7% from 2nd quarter FY21. Local Nationals comprise 33.9% of total contractor force; 5,147 U.S./TCN remain in Afghanistan.

Significant reductions in requirements for contracted support and contractor populations in the 3rd quarter were driven by decreases in military requirements following the President of the United States (POTUS) announcement of a full withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 2021.

A total of 466 Private Security Contractors (PSCs) personnel were supporting USCENTCOM operations in Afghanistan as of 3rd quarter FY21.

The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by mission category are:

  • Base Support 982 (12.6%)
  • Construction 924 (11.9%)
  • IT/Communications Support 291 (3.7%)
  • Logistics/Maintenance 2,146 (27.5%)
  • Management/Administrative 760 (9.8%)
  • Medical/Dental/Social Services 44 (.6%)
  • Other 174 (2.2%)
  • Security *1,356 (17.4%)  *466 Armed Private Security Contractor personnel
  • Training 123 (1.6%)
  • Translator/Interpreter 469 (6.0%)
  • Transportation 526 (6.7%)
    Total: 7,795