Department of Defense (DoD)


The Department of Defense is deploying a new performance appraisal system for all DoD civilian employees that has been developed jointly with AFGE and other employee unions. 

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AFGE Stands with DoD Workers

AFGE represents more than 240,000 bargaining unit employees throughout the Department of Defense. DoD civilian employees support our troops at home and abroad. They are the people who ensure the military force is supplied, trained, equipped, fed and provided with quality medical care. Our members include tank and aircraft mechanics, commissary workers, ship inspectors, factory workers who manufacture artillery and weapons for our military, auditors, electricians, firefighters and police officers. 

AFGE Defense Conference (DEFCON)

The American Federation of Government Employees’ Defense Conference — DEFCON – is a voluntary group of AFGE activists who serve to advise AFGE’s National President on matters of importance to DoD locals. DEFCON is led by a dedicated team of Steering Group members and made up of Councils, and Committees that have expertise in different divisions of the U.S. Armed Forces. Learn more about DEFCON.

Why Join AFGE?

What has AFGE done for DoD workers? 

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  • Successfully waged a five-year legal battle to repeal the National Security Personnel System and return employees to the General Schedule pay system
  • Achieved a reduction in budget-related furlough days for more than 650,000 DoD employees from the previously announced 22 days to 6
  • Secured passage of a ban on outsourcing and privatization of DoD civilian jobs and have fought to retain the ban in successive years 

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