4th Qtr FY 2021 Contractor Count Decreases by 6,470

During 4th quarter FY21, USCENTCOM reported approximately 20,417 contractor personnel supporting DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR, a decrease of approximately 6,470 from the previous quarter.

This report provides Department of Defense (DoD) contractor personnel numbers for 4th quarter Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21). 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). Afghanistan contractor personnel population figures reflect the conclusion of U.S. Military operations on August 30, 2021.

Also, USCENTCOM contractor personnel populations now include contractor personnel providing capabilities in Israel.

OIR (Iraq and Syria) Summary

Contractor Posture: Approximately 4,487 DoD contractors directly supported DoD-funded contracts in Iraq and Syria. This is a decrease of 0.6% from 3rd quarter FY21.

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

  • Base Support 1,287 (28.7%)
  • Construction 238 (5.3%)
  • IT/Communications Support 247 (5.5%)
  • Logistics/Maintenance 1,287 (28.7%)
  • Management/Administrative 229 (5.1%)
  • Medical/Dental/Social Services 18 (0.4%)
  • Other 99 (2.2%)
  • Security 117 (2.6%)
  • Training 9 (0.2%)
  • Translator/Interpreter 431 (9.6%)
  • Transportation 525 (11.7%)
    Total: 4,487

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Operational Contract Support Integration Cell (OCSIC): During 4th quarter, CJTF-OIR OCSIC received approval for over 100 contractors to process through the Continental United States Replacement Center and facilitated resolution of Kuwait visa concerns, mitigating operational impact while contractors complied with prevailing visa guidance from the Government of Kuwait.

OFS (Afghanistan) Summary

Contractor Posture: During the 4th quarter, USCENTCOM successfully completed retrograde and redeployment of all remaining contractors from the country in order to meet the President of the United States-directed mission end date. The military mission in Afghanistan concluded on August 30, 2021.