Air Education and Training Command (AETC)
Benefit Fact Sheet
The Air Education and Training Command (AETC) is the first step in every Airman's Career. Its mission: to recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver 21st Century airpower, is realized through its recruiting service, basic military training, technical training, flight training,) and the Air University. Air University provides enlisted and officer training and education, enlisted career development, officer professional development, professional military education (PME), pre-commissioning training and graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. Air University includes Community College of the Air Force, Air Force Institute of Technology, the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development as well as other education centers.
All active duty Service members may be eligible for several Air Education and Training Command programs and services.
Air Education and Training Command education and training programs include basic military training, technical training, expeditionary training, Air Advisor Academy, Aerospace Physiology Training Program, Flying Training (traditional pilot and Remotely Piloted Aircraft), Air Battle Manager Training, Weapons Director Training. The Second Air Force conducts basic military and non-flying technical training, and Expeditionary Training for Air Force, joint and coalition enlisted members and support officers. The Nineteen Air Force is responsible for Mission Oversight and Execution and conducts flying training execution, mentoring, safety, advocacy for subordinate units and security of operating environments. Additional training centers their education and training focus are listed below.
Air University (AU) provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from pre-commissioning to the highest levels of professional military education, including degree-granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted members, and civilian employees of government agencies. Air University is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, conducts courses both in-residence and via distance learning. Additional information on the programs offered at Air University are listed below.
Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education
The Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education discharges Air University's responsibility for the education of enlisted leaders throughout the Air Force. Since its inception in 1993 as the College for Enlisted Professional Military Education, the Barnes Center has been refining, adapting and deploying Professional Military Education curriculum for enlisted education in the Air Force. It now serves as the umbrella organization for all continental U.S. Air Force NCO Academies as well as the Community College of the Air Force, the Air Force Career Development Academy, the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute, the USAF First Sergeant Academy, the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy and the Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course
Airman Leadership Schools prepare those in the rank of senior airman to be professional, warfighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams in the employment of air, space and cyberspace power.
Noncommissioned and Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academies provide professional military education to noncommissioned officers for positions of greater responsibility by broadening their leadership and supervisory skills and expanding their perspective of the military profession.
The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) is a federally-chartered degree-granting institution that serves the United States Air Force's enlisted total force. Community College of the Air Force offers and awards job-related associate in applied science degrees and other academic credentials that enhance mission readiness, contribute to recruiting, assist in retention, and support the career transitions of Air Force enlisted members. Air Force enlisted members are automatically enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force and begin earning college credit during basic military training. Through a unique combination of on-duty and voluntary off-duty courses, enlisted Service members work toward an associate degree in applied science in one of five career areas—aircraft and missile maintenance, electronics and telecommunications, allied health, logistics and resources or public and support services. College credit is earned by completing courses and performing the job.
Through Community College of the Air Force, the Air Force provides academic advice and offers financial assistance to Airmen in planning and pursuing their educational goals. Education services offices are composed of professional educational administrators, guidance counselors, academic advisors, education technicians/specialists and test examiners. Education services personnel support active Air Force installations, Community College of the Air Force advisors work with the Air National Guard (ANG) and training technicians assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) to counsel students and serve as the direct link between students and the administrative center. These counselors guide students toward degree completion and work with civilian collegiate institutions to arrange for course offerings needed to satisfy Community College of the Air Force degree requirements. Community College of the Air Force advisors and training technicians coordinate education services for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command personnel.
Community College of the Air Force Education services personnel also administer the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests and Excelsior College Examinations.
Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development
The Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development coordinates leadership and policy direction for the Air Force's officer recruiting, training, and commissioning programs at Officer Training School and at Air Force ROTC detachments, and the Air Force's high school citizenship training program. The Holm Center staff manages, supports and develops curriculum to train tomorrow's Air Force officers.
Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education
Air University’s officer Professional Military Education (PME) schools is overseen by the Carl A. Spaatz Center for Officer Education. Spaatz Center prepares students from the Air Force, its sister services and allied nations for more responsible positions as they progress through their careers. Emphasis in these programs includes leadership, military doctrine, and air and space power.
Squadron Officer School (SOS) is the Air Force’s center for company grade officer professional development. Squadron Officer School is an eight-week in-residence course that delivers primary developmental education for captains from U.S. and allied militaries and civilian equivalents.
Air Command and Staff College is the Air Force's intermediate officer Professional Military Education school preparing field grade officers of all U.S. services (primarily majors), international officers, and U.S. civilians to assume positions of higher responsibility within the military and government arenas. Geared toward teaching the skills necessary for air and space operations in support of a joint campaign, as well as leadership and command, the courses focus on shaping and molding tomorrow’s leaders and commanders.
The School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) is a 50-week, follow-on school for selected graduates of intermediate-level Department of Defense professional military education schools. School of Advanced Air and Space Studies creates warrior-scholars with a superior ability to develop, evaluate, and employ airpower with the complex environment of modern war. Upon completion of all requirements and with faculty recommendation, graduates receive a Master of Philosophy degree in Military Strategy.
Air War College is the senior school in the Air Force Professional Military Education system preparing officers from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (primarily lieutenant colonels), international officers, and civilians of equivalent rank from U.S. government agencies to serve as strategic national security leaders.
Air Force Institute of Technology
Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. Through its four schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management , the School of Systems and Logistics, the Civil Engineer School, and the School of Strategic Force Studies . Air Force Institute of Technology provides relevant defense-focused technical graduate and continuing education, research and consultation. Through its Civilian Institution Programs, Air Force Institute of Technology also manages the educational programs of officers enrolled in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals, and industrial organizations.
Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education
The Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education develops and publishes Air Force doctrine, teaches doctrine through in-residence and distance learning courses, and advocates airpower through visionary wargaming. The LeMay Center assists in the development, analysis, and wargaming of the concepts, doctrine, and strategy of air and space power. It also educates Air Force and joint communities on warfighting at the operational and strategic levels through research, wargaming and military education courses. The college prepares flag officers from all military services for leadership positions in the joint warfighting environment
Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development
The Ira C. Eaker College for Professional Development provides world-class, multi-discipline technical training and professional continuing education to Air Force and other Department of Defense personnel, as well as international students. Its four schools include: the Commanders' Professional Development School ; the Air Force Chaplain Corps College ; the Defense
Medical Services Training
Two of the Air Force’s largest medical facilities are aligned to AETC. Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at JBSA-Lackland, and Keesler Medical Center at Keesler AFB, provide most of the Air Force's graduate medical and dental education, as well as enlisted medical training.
Air Force Culture and Language Center
The Air Force Culture and Language Center creates and executes language, region and cultural learning programs for Total Force Airmen. The Language Enabled Airman Program is a career-spanning program to develop a cadre of Airmen across all specialties with working-level foreign language proficiency and cross-cultural competency.
Air Force Survival School
Air Force Survival School conducts Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training (SERE). The 336th Training Group at Fairchild AFB, Washington, provides Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape training to at risk of isolation personnel. Instruction concentrates on the principles, techniques and skills necessary to survive with confidence in any environment and return with honor.
Defense Language Institute English Language Center
The U.S. Air Force is the Department of Defense’s Executive Agent for the Defense English Language Program and the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC). As the Lead Command for Defense Language Institute English Language Center, Air Education and Training Command manages, operates, funds and provides personnel for Defense Language Institute English Language Center. The Defense Language Institute English Language Center acculturates and trains international personnel to communicate in English and to instruct English language programs in their countries, trains United States Military personnel in English as a second language and deploys English Language Training programs around the world in support of DoD Security Cooperation efforts.
Tuition Assistance (TA):
Financial assistance authorized by Congress (Title 10, USC 2007) for voluntary off-duty education programs that support the educational objectives of the Air Force and the Service member's personal self-development goals. The DoD standardized tuition assistance policy authorizes all or a portion of tuition costs or up to $250 per semester hour, whichever is less, with a maximum yearly total of $4,500. The Air Force uses an online system – Air Force Virtual Education Center to provide 24/7 access to request tuition assistance online, enroll in college courses, and send payments to education and training institutions.
Air Force Education Transcripts:
Transcripts for education completed at Air University, Community College of the Air Force and Air Force Institute of Technology are requested directly from the institution attended. Obtain transcripts for AU at http://www.airuniversity.af.mil/Academic-Affairs/Registrar/ , for Community College of the Air Force at http://www.airuniversity.af.mil/Barnes/CCAF/Display/Article/803247/ , for AFIT at https://www.afit.edu/ALUMNI/index.cfm (select the school attended under Transcript Request menu).
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