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OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS ARM YOU WITH ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN CARRY INTO THE FUTURE: MOMENTUM

There's no better way to learn from experience than from experience itself. That’s the operating principle behind the PALACE Acquire (PAQ), Copper Cap (COP), and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) programs for recent college graduates. Each program partners you with AFCS professionals from within your chosen occupation for an immersive training program designed to equip you with the specialized expertise and competence of your future.

Not only are our positions paid and full-time, but each program also features hands-on, on-the-job training, scheduled raises, and even paid post-graduate studies. Further, upon successful completion of the program, you may be eligible for a permanent position at AFCS with full federal benefits, as well as student loan repayment and attractive hiring bonuses for those who qualify.

THE FUTURE WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. THESE TRAINING PROGRAMS PUT YOU IN A POSITION TO MEET IT WHEN IT ARRIVES.

PALACE ACQUIRE (PAQ)/COPPER CAP (COP)

If you've graduated with a bachelor's or master's within the last two years, you may be eligible to enroll in AFCS' PAQ or COP Program. Those with a master's or bachelor's degree and real-world experience may qualify for higher-level opportunities.

PAQ is a paid, full-time, two to three-year training program for graduates interested in Science and Engineering, Financial Management, Cyber/IT, Civil Engineering, Intel, and more. Your training includes promotions and yearly salary increases based on performance and supervisor approval. Upon successful completion of the training plan, you'll be offered a permanent position at AFCS, making it the perfect vehicle to launch the career you've worked so hard for.

COP is the Air Force Civilian Service’s comprehensive training program for developing Contract Specialists for permanent positions at AFCS. It provides you with immersive on-the-job training, working alongside AFCS and military Contracting Officers who will train you in every aspect of contract management, including market research, requirements definition, solicitation preparation, price justification, negotiation and award, and administration of contracts. You’ll work at the heart of the complex process of supplying and sustaining the Air Force with everything from satellites, electronics, and high-performance aircraft to supplies and services necessary for the day-to-day operation of military installations around the world.

PRESIDENTIAL MANAGEMENT FELLOW (PMF)

The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus—developing a cadre of potential government leaders. It provides some sustenance during the first years of employment and encourages the development of leadership capabilities. The PMF Program inculcates a lasting bond as well as a spirit of public service, ultimately encouraging and leading to a career in the government.

The PMF Program is administered by the U.S Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Each year, candidates apply to the program in an effort to be selected as Finalists. Finalists are then eligible for appointment as PMFs.

To become a PMF, you must participate in a rigorous, multi-hurdle process. It takes patience and endurance but also gives you a chance to demonstrate your leadership ability and potential. As a PMF, you will have earned your place in the program and the opportunity to grow professionally, serve your country, and make a difference!

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Department of the Air Force has implemented COVID-19 vaccination requirements set forth in Executive Order 14043. Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. Upon selection, you will be required to provide documentation proof as “fully vaccinated” prior to issuance of a firm job offer. Air Force will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exemption from this requirement. More information on COVID-19 requirements may be found at:
https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/ .