Long overdue post on what I’ve been up to with my military career! If you’ve been following along for a while now, you know I’ve kicked around the idea of commissioning and I’m finally throwing my hat into the ring. The program I’m about to describe is Reserve specific – if you’re Guard or Active Duty, please speak with a member of your leadership or Military Personnel Section (MPS) to determine the pathways available to commissioning that are applicable to you.
The Deserving Airman Commissioning Program recognizes enlisted Airmen that show potential for leadership opportunities through commissioning. When applying for DACP, it is expected that you have already earned your bachelor’s degree. You also must take your commissioning oath before your 35th birthday. If you aspire to be a pilot or a navigator, you must commission by your 30th birthday. Here’s a general timeline of how the process occurs, to the best of my understanding at this time:
- Submit package for DACP [more on this in a bit].
- Meet the DACP board.
- Upon approval of DACP board, package is sent to the Numbered Air Force (NAF) and then to the Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) for subsequent approvals.
- Member completes statements of understanding if all approvals have been gathered.
- Given an available slot in your unit, leave for Officer Training School. I am unsure of whether you attend the officer’s version of technical training immediately following OTS.
- Return to your unit as a Second Lieutenant and begin training/working in your new squadron!
- AF IMT 24 – Application for Appointment as Reserve of the Air Force or USAF without Component
- Last five EPRs (Enlisted Performance Reports), if applicable. [In my case, as an SrA, I haven’t had any yet.]
- Personal Resume
- Cover Letter, “Why I Want To Be An Officer.”
- AF IMT 56 – Application & Evaluation for Training Leading to a Commission in the United States Air Force
- Losing Commander’s Letter of Recommendation
- Official Transcripts – sent directly to your MPS from your college/university.
- Records Review Listing – you’ll request this from your MPS. [They kept mine on file and included it in my package.]
- Official scores for your Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT). My Wing requires a Verbal score of at least 15 and a Quantitative score of at least 10.
- Fitness standard memo from your Unit Commander – verifying a current passing PT score.
- Any applicable waivers. [They actually have “Moral Waivers,” if you have anything unfavorable in your past that might need explanation in order to be considered.]