Special Operations Forces (SOF) Planner

Remote City, Virginia, USA

The position you are applying for is with Vertex Technology & Training Solutions which was formerly Raytheon Global Training & Logistics.  The Vertex Company acquired Raytheon Global Training & Logistics in December 2021.


The Vertex Company is a services solutions provider that operates as a federal government prime contractor.  With over 7,000 employees in 200 locations worldwide, the Mississippi-based company offers vertically integrated solutions for defense and commercial customers.

Delivering integrated turnkey lifecycle support from concept definition, to engineering and manufacturing, through end of life support of complex systems and platforms, Vertex offerings include all levels of aviation maintenance, worldwide contractor logistics support, systems engineering and integration, specialized onsite mission execution, high consequence training programs for defense and commercial customers, and integrated supply-chain solutions.  Over our 50 year history, we have perfected the balance of cost, schedule, and performance to offer high-quality solutions that consistently exceed customer requirements.


The Vertex Company is a Federal Contractor and must comply with Federal mandates.  All employees may be required to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of continued employment. A medical or religious accommodation may be granted on a case-by-case basis. In order for an accommodation to be considered, you must submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Accommodation Request form. 

Vertex is a portfolio company of American Industrial Partner (AIP), an operationally orientated private investment firm with a 30 year track record of working with management teams to build scaled world class businesses (

This is an on-site position and requires relocation to Hohenfels, Germany

Position Overview:

This position provides Special Operations Forces (SOF) planning and operational subject matter expertise and staff support to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) Operations Group (OPSGRP) located at Hohenfels, Germany.  JMRC’s mission is to train Multinational Interoperability to U.S., NATO, and partner nation forces up to the Brigade level in an extended Live, Virtual, and Constructive Decisive Action Training Environment. JMRC supports the U.S. Army Europe theater security cooperation plan through planning and participation in NATO and U.S. Army Europe exercise programs.

The Special Operations Forces (SOF) Planner is a SOF Subject Matter Expert (SME) and supporting member of the JMRC with focus on training SOF/Conventional Forces Interdependence, Interoperability and Integration (SOF/CF I3).   SOF Planner’s work in support of JMRC rotations/exercises includes development, review, coordination, revision, integration and timely delivery of exercise scenarios, orders and events that replicate real world SOF operations/contingencies with an intended training objective of preparing non-conventional and conventional forces for success in current and future missions. SOF Planner provides SOF SME/Planner advice, guidance, technical assistance, recommendations and assessment of unit readiness and capability to JMRC in support of training exercises. This support will occur throughout the full Joint Exercise Life Cycle (JELC) process period for each training exercise.


Serves as SOF Planner and Subject Matter Expert for JMRC.
Writes/produces doctrinally correct special operations Warning Orders (WARNOs), Operations Orders (OPORDs), Fragmentary Orders (FRAGOs), Complex Battlefield Injects, and target packets for joint combined conventional and unconventional training rotations/exercises.
Develops and designs exercise scenarios, prepares and manages master events list which trigger exercise flow to meet training objectives.  Incorporates applicable Warfighting Functions (WfF), SOF structure and interrelationships, TTPs and knowledge of service/joint doctrine into training exercise scenarios. Reviews, coordinates, evaluates, and integrates exercise actions/events.
Coordinates and integrates SOF force involvement with overall planning and operational effort to insure continuity, flow and real-world replication of SOF activity.
Serves as a SOF Scripter during exercise execution.  In a dynamic, fast paced operation, modifies or replaces planned events, then coordinates and integrates changes during exercise execution to adjust to training units plans/actions ensuring exercise objective needs are accomplished.
Utilizes Timed Phased Force and Deployment Data and the associated joint manning document to facilitate realistic force integration injects during joint training exercises.
Assesses operational readiness of SOF and conventional units on a continuing basis throughout the course of the exercise.
Provides substantive written and oral reports/briefings to Observer Controllers and other leadership on determinations of commander, staff and unit capability.  
Develops, reviews and revises military training plans and standards.
Analyzes plans, data, intelligence information, or systems.  Develops estimates and makes recommendations for deficiencies. 
Collects data for analysis.  Develops products resulting from analysis.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of directly related military experience; OR 15 years of directly related military experience.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

Experienced in USSOCOM Operations particularly as it pertains to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force integration, interoperability, and interdependency with conventional forces.
Doctrinal knowledge of U.S./NATO conventional and unconventional operations.
Possess the level of communication skills required to effectively and efficiently brief military and civilian leadership via written products or oral presentations. 
Proficient in MS PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
Ability to work long hours on consecutive days/nights in support of exercise preparation, execution, evaluation and close-out.
Possess active SECRET clearance with potential to require a TS/SCI clearance in the future.

Vertex is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment in which we recognize and value each other’s differences as well as fostering a culture that promotes its core values: Professionalism, Integrity, and Respect. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.


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