Enlisted Military Agent (FAQ)

What is the enlisted application/selection process?

Before officially starting the recruiting process, applicants should determine their eligibility to retrain.  Typically applicants fall under two categories:  First Term Airman (FTA) or Career Airman (CA).  AFOSI primarily recruits FTA within their retraining window IAW 36-2626.  CONUS FTA may apply no earlier than the 1st duty day of the month during which they complete 35 months of their current enlistment (59 months for 6-year enlistees) but no later than the last duty day of the 43rd month of their current enlistment (67 months for 6-year enlistee).  FTA stationed OCONUS must apply between the 15th and 9th month before the DEROS and must enter the 35th month of service (59th for 6-year enlistees) on or before DEROS.  Careen Airmen can still apply outside the FTA window with the support of their command.

The first official step in the recruitment process begins when an applicant visits the local AFOSI unit for an initial suitability determination, which will include an interview and other assessments.  NOTE:  All applicants will need a letter of recommendation from their current commander.  FTA outside their window will also need a commander endorsed exception to policy letter supporting retraining outside the FTA window.                                                                                                                                             
If the applicant is recommended for further consideration, the AFOSI unit will submit a request to HQ AFOSI. HQ AFOSI will contact the applicant's Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) Career Field Functional Manager. It is the AFPC Functional who determines whether or not to release the applicant from the career field.

If the applicant has been released, the local AFOSI unit commences a suitability investigation on the applicant. Following the investigation, the results are reviewed by the local AFOSI's wing level commander known within AFOSI as a Region commander. The Region commander's decision is sent to the local AFOSI unit who in turn notifies the applicant whether or not they have been selected.

Do I bring EPRs and/or letters of recommendation with me to my initial meeting at the detachment?

EPRs and letters of recommendation are part of the process, but different detachments ask for them at different points in the process.

What ranks can apply?

Enlisted personnel in the ranks of senior airman (with less than 6 years' time in service) and staff sergeant (with less than 11 years' time in service); TSgts can apply on a case-by-case basis and should have command support BEFORE contacting their local AFOSI detachment for more information.  NOTE:  SrA applicants must have completed Airman Leadership School (ALS) before the applying. 

What are the time-in-service restrictions?

Time-in-service restrictions apply based on one's Total Active Federal Military Service Date (TAFMSD). At the time you would begin AFOSI training, your time-in-service (measured from your TAFMSD) must not exceed the following: for senior airmen, 6 years; for staff sergeants, 11 years. Under certain circumstances, the time-in-service restriction can be waived.
(Time-in-service restrictions can change based on the current AFOSI recruitment focus.  Please check with the local AFOSI unit for possible updates.)

An additional restriction applies to an applicant's length-of-enlistment obligation. A First-term Airman serving a four-year enlistment can apply for OSI between his or her 35th and 43rd months of enlistment. A First-term Airman serving a six-year enlistment can apply between the 59th and 67th month.

If the applicant is serving overseas, the retraining window is different. Airmen stationed overseas apply between the 14th and 10th month before the DEROS as long as they will enter the 35th month of service (59th for 6-year enlistees) on or before DEROS.

What are the time-in-grade requirements?

Time-in-grade requirements apply to the length of time served at a certain grade level. Time-in- grade restrictions often change based on the current AFOSI recruitment focus. Please check with the local AFOSI Detachment for possible updates.

Do I need to have a college degree? If not, does having one help my chances?

You do not need a college degree to apply. However, a degree may help, as it demonstrates your ability to complete a significant goal. A degree may also positively influence your chances if it is a degree in a field of study we value, such as foreign languages, computer sciences, and electronics.

Can I apply if I have derogatory information in my record?

Yes, however we will consider all derogatory information during the overall determination of suitability.

Members who are currently on the Control Roster or who have a current Unfavorable Information File are not eligible. However, members with letters of counseling, letters of reprimand, or some types of Article 15s in their record are eligible to apply. Airmen currently participating in the Air Force drug or alcohol rehabilitation program are ineligible, but those who have completed either of the programs may apply.

Can enlisted members of the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard apply?

No. All enlisted personnel, even those coming from other branches of the armed forces, must serve in another Air Force career field prior to applying to AFOSI. All applicants must meet the rank and time-in-service requirements stipulated above.

If a person from another branch of service enters the Air Force with qualifying rank (senior airman through technical sergeant), how long must he or she serve in another Air Force career field before applying?

The same rules apply to everyone, whether you've come over from another branch of service or not. A person serving a four-year enlistment can apply for AFOSI between the 35th and 43rd months of the Air Force enlistment. A person serving a six-year enlistment can apply between the 59th and 67th month of the Air Force enlistment.

Can I apply if my current career field is on the critical list?

Yes, but understand that the chances of being released from your current career field are small. Also understand that AFOSI does not make or influence the decision to release you or not. That decision is made by the functional manager of your control Air Force Specialty Code.

Does the fact that I'm in a critical career field influence negatively AFOSI's hiring decision?

We will give you the same amount of consideration, regardless of your career field. We make our initial suitability determination of you prior to - and entirely independent of - your AFPC functional manager's decision to release or not release you.

How do I go about requesting release from my career field?

You do nothing on your own. It is taken care of in the application process when you talk to your local AFOSI unit.

Can I apply if I have a projected assignment?

No. If you have a projected assignment you cannot apply for retraining into AFOSI. If you apply and have been released by your AFPC Functional Manager, and are later selected for PCS/PCA reassignment, AFOSI will continue processing the retraining application. If you are selected for AFOSI duty, we will request assignment cancellation.

How long does the application process take?

The complete application process takes from 2 to 5 months.

Do I have to be a security forces member to apply?

No. You may apply from any career field.

What career field, if any, increases my chances of being hired?

Specifically, none. Your demonstrated character and skills - not your career field - are what will increase your chances. AFOSI looks for high-caliber people, those who've demonstrated maturity, professionalism, good judgment, and compliance with Air Force standards and core values.

Do certain skills or abilities give me an advantage?

Certain skills are looked at favorably. These are fluency in a foreign language, high-level computer skills, and electronics. However, possessing these skills is no guarantee of success, because we make our decision based on the whole-person concept.

Do I need to have firewall performance reports to be hired?

Your Enlisted Performance Reports are included in your application. While firewall 5s are not required, good EPRs are important.

Does pre-enlistment trouble with the law enter the equation?

Prior service involvement with law enforcement will surface during the background investigation and will be taken into consideration when we evaluate your character.  It is vital that applicants are honest and forthcoming during every stage of the application process.

If selected, will I be able to remain at my current location?

In rare cases, members will remain at their current assignment. However, the majority of agents are relocated after retraining into AFOSI. As with any other Air Force career field, you'll have input regarding the locations you desire, but the needs of the Air Force come first.

If I am selected but currently serving an overseas tour, when will I retrain?

You must first finish your overseas assignment, based on your Date Eligible to Return From Overseas (DEROS).

How often will I move to another assignment location?

In general, the frequency of our permanent change of station rates aligns with the rest of the Air Force, although we do tend to have a slightly higher-than-average move rate. The needs of the Air Force and prescribed tour lengths determine how frequently our agents move.

What about work-related travel and temporary duty?

Temporary duty travel varies according to an agent's assignment. Some AFOSI units require a great deal of work-related travel, especially those that are responsible not just for one installation but for others within a region. Other units require much less travel. The nature of AFOSI work, however, practically dictates at least some travel for everyone, as any investigation could require an agent to conduct an interview or gather evidence at other locations.  And, from time to time, agents are called away to testify at courts-martial at their previous assignment locations.

What about deployments? Do agents deploy?

Yes, just like most members of the Air Force, agents deploy.

What are the physical requirements?

There are no special physical requirements. You must simply be worldwide qualified. More information is available from your military personnel section.

How do I get into certain specialties, like technical services, computer-crime investigations, etc.?

You apply directly for those positions upon entry. Make your desire known to your base AFOSI unit at the outset. Your aptitude in the specialty will be evaluated by a practicing agent within that specialty, who will assess your current level of knowledge and ability to learn more.

If hired, will I wear civilian clothes to work?

When performing agent duties, you'll wear "agent attire," which is typically the same as business attire for males and females (examples below). However, you will be required to maintain a full complement of Air Force uniforms for Professional Military Education, ceremonial purposes, and other instances that may arise that require uniform wear.

Current as of 1 Feb 17