There are a limited number of civilian faculty positions in the department. Primarily we rely on our civilian facutly to provide continutiy and in-depth expertise. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a field relevant to military strategy and operations.
If your are interested in learning if there are any current positions open, please check at :http://www.usajobs.opm.gov
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We acquire new officers in two ways:
the Air Force Assignment System (AFAS) and Advanced Degree Sponsorship.
I. Air Force Assignment System (AFAS): Qualified individuals typically hold an advanced degree
in Warfare Studies, Airpower Studies, Political Science, International
Relations, International Security, Space Studies, Strategic Studies,
Military History, or a related field.
II. How to apply for Advanced Degree Sponsorship from the Department of Military and Strategic Studies
Each spring, AFPC issues a message describing the process for special duty tours at USAFA, including sponsorship for advanced degrees. As part of this, AFPC (AAD/SPEED) issues a PDF guide describing the process for that particular year. Approximately one month after the application deadline, our department receives a list of candidates (both those who were released for school, and those who were not). DFMI then convenes a hiring board comprised of senior department leaders to select the member(s). It depends on the allocation we get, but we normally have either 1 PhD and 1 MA slot, or 2 PhD slots each year. After we obtain approval from our Dean, we notify our selectees, and they begin to apply to universities in coordination with us to ensure the PhD programs fit well with anticipated department needs (such as air, space, cyber operations, military strategy and technology, regional expertise, etc.). Budget constraints are important. Presently, the tuition limit is $19,000, which means any program over that must provide a merit-based scholarship to fill the difference. Next, a separate AFIT/CI (Civilian Institution) process begins to screen our candidates for their potential to finish the program, including a review of their undergraduate and graduate GPA and GREs. In your planning, it is important to remember that completing an advanced degree is by no means a given. Normally, doctoral degrees take five-to-seven years, and the Air Force gives you three years to finish your PhD. For our planning, we need you to finish in three years. Officers who do not finish in three years are not guaranteed a return to USAFA. This is an arduous road.
What does this mean for you? As an initial step, applicants must gain release from their career field prior to consideration for sponsorship. If selected, in approximately one year, a prospective doctoral candidate would depart for school, typically (but not always) at an AFIT-sponsored civilian university such as the Naval Post-Graduate School. The Master's degree active duty commitment is a three-year USAFA tour with a three-year, post-degree ADSC. For doctoral degrees, the commitment is a four-year USAFA tour with a five-year ADSC. Because of this, to ensure USAFA receives a return on its investment, it is generally better to compete within this process earlier in your career. Normally, we target an officer with roughly no more than seventeen or eighteen years of total commissioned service upon return to USAFA because this provides adequate buffer for us to receive a full payback tour and provide future opportunities for the officer's professional growth. Rated officers also need to consider total gate months and your MAJCOM and career field’s current policy towards completing gates. There is no guarantee you will fly while at USAFA. Our mission within this department is to educate officers in the context, theory, and application of military and strategic power. Please consider your individual career preferences when deciding to commit to a PhD program and USAFA faculty tour.
If you are interested in appyling, please contact our
personnel officer at the email address below to obtain current information on available slots and submission information required for preparing your application package.
Application timeline for Advance Degree Sponsorship Ph.D.s:
1. February—Advertisement goes out for applicants seeking
sponsorship beginning in the summer of the following year.
2. 15 May—Applications due to the Department of Military Strategic Studies.
3. June-August--The department reviews applications
for completeness, conducts AFIT eligibility checks, seeks AFPC
release approval, and schedules interviews.
4. September-October—Interviews conducted by DFMI staff
5. November—Final list of sponsorees announced
6. Spring—Orders generated
7. Summer—Sponsorees begin their AFIT program
If you are interested in using your knowledge, expertise and talents
to help shape the future leaders of our Nation, we encourage you
to contact us.
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