Civilian Agent

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

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 
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

All recruiting for the PAQ program is done through college campus visits or virtual options. 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. Be prepared to provide a copy of your resume at that time. The locations, dates and times for the college campus visits are listed below.


We also plan to offer a Web-based option but the specific details for that are still being worked.  We expect that option to have a maximum capacity, so be sure to watch for details on this site if you’re interested.  The web-based events are limited to individuals who live at least 150 miles from one of the campus locations listed below.  After attending an event you will have the information needed to apply through USA Jobs.  We expect the vacancy announcement to be posted in mid-September and close 31 October 2018.


FY19 PAQ Program Recruiting Schedule

University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA)
All Majors and Internship Career Fair
Tues, Sep 18, 2018
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Main Campus – HEB Student Union Ballrooms 1 & 2
15 Paseo Principal 
San Antonio, TX 78249

Florida A& M University
Fall Career Fair
Wed, Sep 26, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
AL Lawson Center
1800 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University
Fall Career Fair
Thurs, Sep 27, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
505 W. Pensacola St.
Tallahassee, FL

George Mason University
Fall Career Fair
Thurs, Oct 4, 2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dewberry Hall (Johnson Center)
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University- Prescott
Fall Industry/ Career Expo
Thurs, Oct 4, 2018
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Athletic Complex
3700 Willow Creek Rd.
Prescott, AZ 86301

Bowie State University
Fall Career Fair
Wed, Oct 24, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Leonidas S. James Physical Education Complex
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD