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OSI accepts applications for civilian special agent positions from experienced law-enforcement personnel and from inexperienced college graduates looking for entry-level positions.

The following are positions currently available:
VACANCY (Generic)  

Most entry level positions filled through Developmental or 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(s) 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 Department of the Air Force, meet the same performance and training requirements as other OSI series 1811 criminal investigators. While under the auspices of this program, individuals are provided DAF-funded training over a period of 3 years before being outplaced into a permanent OSI funded position.
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 a location based on the needs of the Air Force, making it a great opportunity to begin a successful civilian career with Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS).
Key Requirements:
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.
Qualification Requirements:
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:
Applicants must apply through USA Jobs when the public notice is posted: 
The application window is usually open from mid-September until late October, but the dates may vary. 










Premier College Intern Program

For FY21, the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) will again participate in the Air Force Premier College Intern Program (PCIP).  Students in their junior year of a full-time baccalaureate program or enrolled in a full-time master’s program with a Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 completion date will be able to apply for a full-time, paid  internship (GS-05) lasting 10-12 weeks during the Summer of 2021.   


Basic eligibility criteria for PCIP:

(1) Currently enrolled, and in good academic standing (minimum 2.95 cumulative GPA) in a full-time program, at a public or other non-profit institution of higher education; AND
(2) Making satisfactory progress toward receipt of a baccalaureate or master’s degree;
(3) Must be on schedule to complete bachelor’s/master’s degree no later than 30 Jun, 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no flexibility in the above education requirements; PCIP applicants must be currently enrolled in a full-time college program.


Application link for Summer 2021 internship: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/576418500


Additional requirements:
- US Citizenship
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Must pass rigorous background investigation
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.


OSI PCIP interns may be non-competitively converted to a permanent appointment within the PALACE Acquire (PAQ) program. The target grade of the conversion will be GL-07. However, it is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee the applicant will be offered a permanent position and applicants must meet all the OSI PAQ eligibility requirements to be considered for conversion.


If you have questions about the PCIP and/or recruiting events, please direct them to siccp@us.af.mil