Developmental Education


Welcome to the Force Development home page. This page will provide critical information about the different types of Force Development courses available, and links to other resources related to force development.

Military Developmental Education

Developmental Education (DE) course completion is normally updated automatically in an Airman's personnel record within 7 duty days. Airmen should verify course completion by reviewing their vMPF Career Data Brief (CDB) prior to requesting a course completion update.


NOTE: Only three levels of enlisted military education may be displayed on an Assignment Management System (AMS) Single Unit Retrieval Format (SURF), therefore the member's CDB should be used to verify EPME course completion. If course completion isn't reflected in your personnel records, please take one of the following actions:



Officers must contact HQ AU/CFRO at DSN 493-4776, commercial 334-953-4776, or fax a written request to DSN 493-8127. In your message/fax, please include first and last Name, SSN, e-mail Address, phone number, course ID and completion date. HQ AU/CFRO will contact you as soon as possible.



Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) Updates: Base-level Formal Training Office (FTO) will update SEJPME course completions. Airmen must take the completion certificate to the FTO. FTO have the ability to update SEJPME course completion in Military Personnel Data System.


NOTE: Requests to update SEJPME or other DE course completions submitted using the "Request SNCO/NCO Distance Learning Course Update" will be returned without action.


SNCO/NCO Distance Learning Course Updates: Use the Request SNCO/NCO Distance Learning Course Update (found via myPers) to attach a copy of your Professional Military Education (PME) certificate. This action will generate an incident for the myPers-Total Force Service Center to update your personnel records.


Resident EPME Updates: Contact your local FTO for assistance. If necessary, the FTO will elevate to the appropriate office for update.


Eligible Air Force civilians have until May 1 to submit their CDE (Civilian Developmental Education) program applications to the Air Force Personnel Center.


CDE ensures we have the right people in the right job at the right time and provides developmental education and leadership opportunities that will prepare AF civilians to successfully meet challenges across the wide range of AF operations and missions.


CDE programs offer a wide variety of opportunities for civilians to develop leadership and management competencies.  With 29 programs in all, CDE includes the Civilian Associate Degree Program, Squadron Officer School, Education with Industry, Air Command and Staff College in residence or the Online Master’s Program, Air Force Legislative Fellows program, Air War College-in residence, National War College and Defense Senior Leader Development Program to name a few.


Over 1200 civilians will be selected for schools and programs.  Applicants must be nominated by their local leadership and endorsed by their chain of command.


Eligibility remains the same, two years federal civilian service by 1 May.


New courses offered in AY19 are The White House Leadership Development Program, open to GS-15s only; Leading Strategically, a 1-week course, which replaced Leadership Development Program; and Leading Effectively Through Change (LETC), open to GS-14s and GS-15s.


Although requirements and eligibility can vary, most intermediate and senior level developmental education programs require applicants have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution as a minimum. A few also require a Master’s degree. Applicants must also meet grade requirements and appropriate education level. Applicants should carefully review their chosen program’s submission requirements before preparing their application packages.


Applicants may list up to four CDE program preferences on the CDE AF Form 4059. However, a separate completed application package must be uploaded for each of the programs listed on the form. The deadline to submit application packages through the myPers Civilian Force Development website is May 1.


The CDE board will convene in September with final approval of primary and alternate candidates released later in the year.


Stay informed and up-to-date on the most current CDE information by logging in to and selecting Civilian --> Employee from the dropdown menu and clicking on the Civilian Force Development page.  Required documents and full completion instructions as well as a complete list of opportunities and criteria, are also available on the myPers Civilian Force Development Page.


For more information about Air Force personnel programs, go to myPers. Individuals who do not have a myPers account can request one by following these instructions