Deliberate development ensures the Air Force has the uniformed and civilian Airmen it needs for a highly contested future. Lifelong education and training are critical in preparing Airmen to meet emerging challenges. We operate in an unpredictable landscape which requires flexibility and responsiveness in its developmental education processes.
The Air Force’s Personnel Center is focused on making the right adaptations to its processes to ensure it is enabling simple, transparent and agile systems that are responsive to the Air Force’s and Airmen’s needs. Airmen remain our competitive advantage and we need each Airman to reach his or her full potential.
OFFICER: The Air Force Officer Professional Military Education Program is central to a Continuum of Education that spans an officer's professional career. Beyond pre-commissioning education, which constitutes the first level of the COE, developmental education is designed to educate and professionally broaden individual officers into strategic leaders who can provide innovative solutions to the future complex challenges facing the Air Force. Officers selected for developmental education will attend programs such as Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, National War College and others. Click here for the latest officer DE news.
For the latest information about developmental education, such as the 2020 Officer Developmental Program Description Guide, intermediate and senior DE timeline and eligibility charts, visit myPers; click the Force Development link from the active-duty officer landing page or select the active-duty officer category from the dropdown menu and search “force development.”
ENLISTED: Enlisted Professional Military Education introduces Airmen to appropriate institutional competencies at specific milestones throughout their career. For the latest EPME information, click here to visit our Enlisted PME web page. Or, visit myPers; click the Force Development link from the active-duty enlisted landing page or select the active-duty enlisted category from the dropdown menu and search “force development.”
AIR FORCE RESERVE: Force Development is the career-long pursuit of education, training, experiences and assignments that produce Citizen Airmen who possess the requisite skills, knowledge and motivation to lead and execute the full spectrum of Air Force Reserve missions. Each Citizen Airman is encouraged to seek out opportunities and experiences to remain professionally relevant throughout the course of their career. The goal is to produce Citizen Airmen who possess the tactical expertise, operational competence, and strategic vision to lead and execute the full spectrum of Air Force missions.
For the latest information about Reserve developmental opportunities, visit myPers; click the Force Development link from the Reserve officer or enlisted landing pages or select the Reserve officer or enlisted category from the dropdown menu and search “force development.”
AIR NATIONAL GUARD: The goal for Air National Guard Force Development is to prepare Airmen for both current and future challenges through a deliberate and individualized development process conducive to the Citizen Airman schedule and inclusive of civilian experience.
For the latest information about ANG developmental opportunities, click the link above to be taken to their Force Development public website. Or, visit myPers; click the Force Development link from the ANG officer or enlisted landing pages or select the ANG officer or enlisted category from the dropdown menu and search “force development.”
Civilian Force Development ensures the Air Force has the right people in the right job at the right time and provides education and leadership opportunities that will prepare Air Force civilians to successfully meet challenges across the wide range of operations and missions.
Air Force Civilian Force Development offers more than 25 programs to help civilians develop leadership skills and expand their overall knowledge. They include 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, the Defense Senior Leader Development Program and more. Click here for the latest CDE news.
For the latest CDE information, click here to visit our Civilian Developmental Education public web page. Or, visit myPers; click the Force Development link from the civilian employee landing page or select the civilian employee category from the dropdown menu and search “force development.”
A Headquarters Air Staff & AETC initiative
Developmental Special Experiences are immersive, competency-based learning activities outside the scope of the AF formal training and education that have been validated as potential means for Airmen to obtain specific, foundational, occupational or joint competencies. Some examples of DSEs are duty as a Security Cooperation Officer, senior master sergeant Defense Attaché or participation in the Civilian Strategic Leader program.
The Force Development Special Experience Catalog provides the Total Force the opportunity to impact their future. The DSE Catalog provides information to assist the development of future career goals and pathways and may be sorted by officer, enlisted, civilian, rank/grade, AFSC/series and component. You can access the catalog off Air Education Training Command’s Education & Training Course Announcements SharePoint with a common access card from an Air Force server, either direct or via VPN. The DSE link is in the upper right of the page. You can view AETC’s webcast on DSE on our Facebook page here.