Maj. Jason "Jay" Doucet is one of two foreign liaison officers, or LNO, assigned to the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, or ATEC, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, or APG.
Doucet is the Canadian LNO and a member of the Corps of Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, or RCEME, in the Canadian Army.
Doucet was born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, into a military family. His father was in the Canadian Army for 38 years, and his mother worked for the Canadian Armed Forces, or CAF, as a civilian. His older brother served in the Army for 25 years, and so far, Doucet has served 29 years and doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon.
Doucet spent his first 18 years moving around frequently and growing up on various military bases, which he enjoyed. His dad had a remarkable career and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer—the highest noncommissioned officer rank in the Canadian Army. He worked hard and had always provided a good life for himself and his three siblings. His dad and older brother set examples of how rewarding life in the military could be. He saw it as an excellent way for him to make a good living and an opportunity to do exciting things and travel to places he'd never been.
Doucet wasn't interested in attending college and joined the CAF in 1993 after graduating high school. He started as a Naval radio operator but changed his occupation to a vehicle technician in 1998. He completed his technical training at the RCEME School at Canadian Forces Base Borden. After completing his technical and on-the-job trainings, he was deployed to Croatia in 2002 and later to Afghanistan in 2006. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2009 and assigned to the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, as the ancillary section sergeant.
While stationed at Kingston, his maintenance officer recommended him for the Commissioning from the Ranks program in 2010. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 2011 and promoted to Captain in 2014. Since being commissioned as an RCEME officer, he has served as an ancillary platoon commander, regimental company standards officer, intermediate training platoon commander, course supervising officer, and base maintenance officer.
During his career, Doucet has been honored with receiving the Director of RCEME Corps Regional Award in 2005; Commanding Officers of the National Support Element Commendation in 2007; the RCEME Coin of Excellence for leadership and dedication as the course supervising officer for the RCEME Officers course in 2014; and a Base Commanders Commendation for saving the life of another service member in 2016.
In 2018, Doucet transferred to the Primary Reserves and served as the standards officer for the RCEME School. He moved back into the Regular Forces in March 2020 and was promoted to Major in July 2021. He became the Canadian LNO at ATEC around the same time.
Doucet's leadership, managerial, and supervisory experience, coupled with his strong technical background and extensive working knowledge of various military and armored vehicles, made him an ideal candidate for the LNO position. As LNO, he is responsible for effectively exchanging information between the CAF and the U.S. Army on test and evaluation and Army modernization.
ATEC is responsible for operational and developmental testing for the U.S. Army and has developmental test centers across the U.S. Doucet has visited several, including the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center on APG; the U.S. Army Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Huachuca, Arizona; Yuma Test Center at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona; and the Cold Regions Test Center at Fort Greely, Alaska. He plans to visit the remaining developmental test centers, plus the U.S. Army Operational Test Command in Fort Hood, Texas, before his tour of duty ends in August 2024.
Doucet considers working at ATEC a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and feels privileged to be able to represent the Canadian government and the CAF. He continues to be impressed by the knowledge, capabilities, and passion of everyone he has met and their dedication to the Army's and ATEC's vital test missions.
He’s excited to be in a position to witness firsthand the scope of the U.S. Army’s test and evaluation capabilities and is laser focused on ensuring Soldiers have the best equipment possible to do their jobs. In the months ahead, he's looking forward to building on his professional working relationships at ATEC to better understand the areas within test and evaluation where the U.S. and Canada share a mutual and compelling interest.