AFOSI accepts applications for civilian special agent positions from experienced law-enforcement personnel and from inexperienced college graduates looking for entry-level positions.
Our VACANCIES list shows available positions. All entry level positions filled through Developmental or PALACE Acquire vacancy announcements will be filled at the GL-7 pay grade. These positions are attainable without law-enforcement experience, provided the applicant meets the minimum qualifications required for the 1811 series set forth by OPM. Successful candidates possess at least a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.95 or better. Additional consideration is given to those individuals who have degrees or experience in special skill areas: languages, forensic or computer sciences, accounting, finance and foreign area specialty. Anyone hired into a GS-12 or above position must have criminal investigations experience at the grade level identified in the specific vacancy announcement.
Vacancy announcements are posted at the "VACANCIES" link above, when they are open. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. If there is not currently a vacancy announcement posted, please continue to check this site for vacancy announcements to learn more about the duties, locations, qualifications, and application procedures.
If there is an announcement posted, please pay particular attention to the section labeled "QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED" because it explains the criteria an applicant must satisfy to qualify for the position. Applicants should ensure their resume explains their qualifications for the position. Also, almost all agent positions require employees to sign a worldwide mobility agreement. Employee duty location is based on the needs of the Air Force. Finally, anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is automatically disqualified from being appointed to a position requiring the possession of a firearm or ammunition.
Before applying, applicants are encouraged to read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for answers to the most common questions regarding the application process. If, after viewing the FAQ, you require more information, send questions via e-mail to AFOSI-Civilian-Recru@us.af.mil.
Applicants must submit all required documents or they will not be considered for the position.
IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no "application package" to be obtained. As explained in the "HOW TO APPLY" section within each vacancy announcement, your application must consist of the following:
· Cover sheet in the required format (provided within each vacancy announcement)
· Resume in the required format (provided within each vacancy announcement)
· Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment (link provided in vacancy announcement)
· AFOSI Agency Questionnaire (provided within each vacancy announcement)
· Other documents as applicable to each applicant (i.e. college transcript, DD Form 214, etc.)
PALACE Acquire Program
In addition to the civilian opportunities above, we also partner with the Air Force Personnel Center to hire special agents through its PALACE Acquire (PAQ) Program. Historically, the PAQ Program hired approximately 10 new agents each year. Individuals are hired into GL-1811-7 positions, with promotion potential up to GS-1811-13, contingent on successful job performance. New PAQs, who are centrally-funded by the USAF, meet the same performance and training requirements as other AFOSI series 1811 criminal investigators. While under the auspices of this program, individuals are provided USAF-funded training over a period of 3 years before being outplaced into a permanent AFOSI funded position.
AFPC and AFOSI fill PAQ Program positions through college campus recruiting events. Prospective applicants must attend a recruiting event to apply for a position through the PAQ Program with AFOSI. Interviews will be scheduled at a later date. We have provided some general information about the PAQ Program below. If you have questions about the PAQ Program and recruiting events, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the PALACE Acquire Program?
In the PALACE Acquire Program, you will occupy a permanent full-time position during a three year, formal training plan designed to let you experience both personal and professional growth while dealing effectively and ethically with change, complexity, and problem solving. You will receive promotions and yearly salary increases based upon your successful performance and supervisory approval. Upon completion of the formal training plan, the PAQ Program offers you a permanent position at the current duty location or within the servicing major command, making it a great opportunity to begin a successful civilian career with Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS).
U.S. Citizenship, Security Clearance, and Mobility Agreement. The Mobility Agreement is a signed document stating that an employee is aware of and agrees with the condition that a position may require relocation at a later date.
To qualify for the PAQ Program positions, individuals must (at a minimum) graduate from a four-year college degree program with at least a 2.95 GPA.
How to Apply
All recruiting for the PAQ program is done through college campus visits. To apply for a special agent position through the PAQ Program, applicants must attend one of the events AFOSI participates in and talk with an AFOSI representative there. These events are usually held in September and October. As soon as we confirm the locations, dates and times for the college campus visits, we will post them below (usually in August).