by Debbie Gildea
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
11/30/2012 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- More than 290 officers have been selected for advanced academic degree and career broadening opportunities, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today.
Selection for an advanced academic degree or special experience exchange duty slot is an important step in an officer's career, said Angel Espinosa, AFPC staff and special duty assignments.
"Officers selected will complete a degree in a discipline consistent with their Air Force career field, and after completion will use that advanced degree in support of Air Force mission needs," he said. "That could include working in the National Reconnaissance Office, or serving as an Air Force Academy or Air Force Institute of Technology faculty member."
Advanced degrees are only one aspect of the program. Applicants selected for the special experience exchange program will work temporarily outside their career fields, either with other Air Force functions, other federal agencies or for civilian companies.
"Special program selections are some of the earliest opportunities for officers to begin building complementary skill sets," Espinosa said. "The experience they garner during their exchange tour will help them understand the larger Air Force picture, and how they affect and are affected by other functions. Understanding the broader scope is critical for Air Force leaders, so this program is integral to developing future Air Force leaders."
The opportunities are limited and selection for a program is very competitive, Espinosa explained.
"Annually, active duty officers from specific career fields compete for one of 14 programs that include U.S. Air Force Academy Instructor Faculty Pipeline, Education with Industry, and the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Warfare School, to name a few," Espinosa said. "Officers interested in the AAD/SPEED program should review the criteria and prepare early for next year's program."
Go to http://www.afpc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-121130-020.pdf to see the list of selectees. For more information about available programs, application criteria and related guides, go to the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil and enter AAD/SPEED in the search window.
12/6/2012 12:05:02 PM ET When are enlisted folks going to start getting the same opportunity to advance their education as Officers The just had another article about six O's getting picked up for a PhD program. I would love to be able to go get my Masters degree instead of going to work. If you want Officers to get an advanced degree let them do it the same way that us Enlisted do