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For the latest news and information affecting Air Force life and careers - this section of Air Force Link will point you to the right information at the click of your mouse.

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  • 2012-2013 Air Force Aid Society General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program: Since its inception in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has been committed to helping Air Force members and their families realize their academic goals. In recent years, the Society's emphasis has been on direct funding of new initiatives that provide greater value to Air Force families. 
  • Spouse Employment Training Program: Forty-three Air Force installations were selected to participate in this program, sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS). The following training will be administered by Airman & Family Readiness Centers: MS Office, Customer Service, Virtual Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, and Medical Terminology Training. Grant proposals are submitted to Air Force Aid Headquarters by base-level Airman & Family Readiness Centers.
  • Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) Grants: AFAS plans to award up to 3,000 grants to dependents of Air Force members for their college education through the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program. This grant program is open to dependent children of active duty personnel, Title 10 Reservists on extended active duty, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reservists and deceased Air Force members. Spouses of active duty members and surviving spouses of deceased personnel are also eligible. All applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at an accredited college or university during the 2011-2012 academic year, and are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average. Applications for these $2,000 need-based grants are now available from the Society's website,

Civilian Employment Opportunities for College Graduates  

GraduationThe United States Air Force employs more than 143,000 civilians in a full range of occupations. The need to recruit and develop future leaders is a top priority for the Air Force. 

There are two Air Force recruiting programs aimed at college graduates:

These programs provide full-time civilian employment opportunities for personal and professional growth in over 20 career fields with 2-4 years full-time on-the-job-training and performance-based annual promotions while in training. U.S. citizenship and mobility are required.

Upon completing the hiring process, PALACE Acquire and COPPER CAP  participants begin at the GS-7 grade level with target grades ranging from GS-11 or GS-12, depending on the occupation. Check out our civilian employment resources web page for current pay rate based on the grades.

  • Military Homefront - Military Homefront is the central, trusted, up-to-date source for service members and their families regarding all Department of Defense quality of life programs and services. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you'llfind what you need at Military Homefront.
  • Military One Source - Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services.
  • Military Installations - Military installations provides details on installation programs and services; mapping data and driving directions; links to local community points of interest; and the ability to search the web for additional information on the installation itself or the surrounding area.

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