4th Quarter FY 17 Contractor Census Numbers Increase

During 4th quarter FY17, USCENTCOM reported approximately 43,273 contractor personnel supporting DoD in the USCENTCOM AOR, an increase of approximately 861 from the previous quarter.

This report provides DoD contractor personnel numbers for 4th quarter FY17 and current status of efforts underway to improve management of contractors accompanying U.S. Forces. It includes data on DoD contractor personnel deployed in Afghanistan, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS), Iraq, Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), and the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).


Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq) Summary

Contractor Posture: Of the approximately 10,657 contractors supporting U.S. Government operations in Iraq, approximately 4,609 contractors are directly supporting DoD-funded contracts. This is a 2.8% increase over last quarter, due to an increase in the demand for Translator/Interpreter contractors.

The distribution of contractors in Iraq by mission category include:

Base Support 770 (16.7%)
Construction 382 (8.3%)
IT/Communications Support 232 (5.0%)
Logistics/Maintenance 1,409 (30.6%)
Management/Administrative 228 (4.9%)
Medical/Dental/Social Services 13 (.3%)
Other 61 (1.3%)
Security 381 (8.3%)
Training 35 (.8%)
Translator/Interpreter 702 (15.2%)
Transportation 396 (8.6%)
Total: 4,609


Operation Freedom’s Sentinel (Afghanistan) Summary

Contractor Posture: Approximately 23,659 DoD contractors supported operations in Afghanistan during 4th quarter FY17, an increase of .5% from 3rd quarter FY17. Local Nationals comprise 24.1% of total contractor force; 17,969 US/TCN remain to redeploy. Upcoming Force Manning Levels increase will drive an increase in contracted support requirements thus increasing contractor footprint.

The distribution of contractors in Afghanistan by mission category include:

Base Support 3,641 (15.4%)
Construction 1,699 (7.2%)
IT/Communications Support 778 (3.3%)
Logistics/Maintenance 7,458 (31.5%)
Management/Administrative 1,793 (7.6%)
Medical/Dental/Social Services 121 (.5%)
Other 671 (2.8%)
Security 3,692** (15.6%) (**1,695 Armed Private Security Contractors)
Training 759 (3.2%)
Translator/Interpreter 1,754 (7.4%)
Transportation 1,293 (5.5%)
Total: 23,659

A total of 1,829 Private Security Contractors (PSCs) were supporting USCENTCOM operations in Afghanistan as of 4th quarter FY17, of which 493 were US Citizens.