A1. This program is designed to help Air Force civilians reach their full leadership potential by providing a little to no-cost Associate of Applied Science Degree in Air Force Leadership and Management Studies. Graduates of the program will gain the following competencies:
A2. This 60 credit hour program is designed to be completed in two years in a fully online format. Students will take 10 classes online through Air University and an additional 30 credit hours of general education/elective courses through credit by exam (CLEP/DSST) or through transfer credit, if the student has already completed the equivalent course work at a regionally accredited college or university. The Air Force will pay for one attempt at a CLEP/DSST test for each of these general education/elective course requirements. If the student does not pass on the first attempt, the student may be responsible for funding additional attempts of the same CLEP/DSST test.
Students will coordinate with their academic advisor to select one of four webinar (online class) session times (early morning, middle of the day, or early evening) to best accommodate both the student’s and their work center’s schedules. Some courses may assign class projects to be completed during work hours (no more than 2 hours per week). Class projects will involve activity related to the mission, allowing students to develop professionally while also providing a positive impact to their work center. All other coursework is expected to be accomplished during off-duty time.
A3. Yes. This program has received regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The degree will have the school name “Air University.”
A4. E-learning, or online learning, means that you participate in the course in a virtual setting. This program is designed to be completed entirely online by interacting with faculty and peers through remote computer access. You will never have a need to go TDY or attend class in a formal classroom setting as a result of this program. You will find that you can complete many of your readings and assignments at the library after duty hours, or at home if you prefer. This format gives individuals the opportunity to learn at the time that best fits their hectic schedule.
A6. Employees must have, as of the application deadline:
A full-time permanent appropriated fund Air Force civilian in all grade levels
Two years federal civil service by the application deadline
An acceptable rating on most recent performance appraisal
High school diploma, GED or equivalent
No post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited 2 or 4-year college or university; however, you may have some college credit
A signed Learning Agreement. Supervisor’s signature on the learning agreement represents supervisor’s:
1) Approval to apply
2) Agreement to provide mentoring throughout the program
3) Assistance in gaining access to a government computer for webinar attendance and coursework completion, and
4) Support to take 3 hours per week of online classes during duty hours. NOTE: If mission requirements are such that the supervisor cannot authorize 3 hours a week of duty time for the webinars, this should not prevent civilians from applying. Arrangements can be made to have student attend online classes either early morning, early evening, or possibly during their lunch hour, as best fits the scheduling requirements of the student’s office/unit.
Local Union Impact and Implementation (I & I) bargaining must have been completed no later than the application deadline for bargaining unit employees to be considered
A8. Enlisted members already have access to an Associate Degree program through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and officers already possess an undergraduate degree when they are commissioned. This program has been designed to fill a gap in Air Force civilian professional development. The program teaches the same leadership and management concepts to civilians that military members already receive through their various commissioning education and professional military education (PME) courses. Consequently, military members are not the target population for this program and are ineligible to apply.
A10. The selection for the initial class will be 90 enrollees.
A11. Applications must be submitted through the myPers website under Force Development. The application consists of:
1) Applicant Worksheet,
2) AF Form 4059, Air Force-Wide Civilian Competitive Development Nomination Form,
4) Learning Agreement signed by the employee and the supervisor. Forms can be found at: myPers under the Force Development, https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil/app/account/profile
A19. Each student will be required to complete a Continued Service Agreement (CSA) when they are formally accepted into the program. As part of the CSA, the student agrees to remain an Air Force civilian employee for one year after the conclusion of the program, in return for receiving the training that this program provides. This agreement can travel with you if you move to another DoD component. However, if you leave the DoD or federal civil service altogether you may find yourself responsible for repaying the Air a Force’s portion of the cost of your training, depending on how much of the program you completed prior to departing. Students who do not complete their required continued service may find themselves responsible for repaying the Air Force the cost of each course completed through the program, which is currently estimated at $600 per course. There are limited exceptions, such as in the event of a reduction in force (RIF), and waivers may be requested in the event of emergency situations. This is a standard requirement for all federal civilian training lasting longer than a predetermined time period. Please see AFI 36-401, as well as the additional guidance on CSAs that can be found on www.opm.gov, for additional information.
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