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Air Force Institute of Technology  
Civilian Institution Programs  
Col Paul D. Copp, Dean  

The Civilian Institution Programs manages Air Force officers pursuing educational programs needed to meet specific Air Force requirements. They obtain this advanced education through civilian universities, research centers, hospitals, industrial and business organizations, and governmental agencies. This education covers a broad spectrum of academic disciplines at all degree levels, including postgraduate programs, continuing education programs, and programs jointly sponsored by the Air Force, other governmental agencies, and industrial and business organizations.

Officers selected for extended programs are assigned to AFIT with duty stations at a university, research center, medical institution, industrial firm, or governmental agency. Those selected for continuing education courses attend in a temporary-duty status. Program managers provide administrative support to students and monitor each educational program to ensure that Air Force requirements are met in the shortest feasible time.

Regular Degree Programs

Regular degree programs qualify selected officers for validated advanced academic degree positions. Annual requirements are established by Headquarters USAF and include the following fields:

Command, Control, and Communication
Mass Communication
Computer Technology
International Relations
Foreign Area Studies
Natural Science
Physical Science
Social Science

Graduate School Program

The graduate school program places selected United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) graduates in 12-month graduate degree programs immediately following their commissioning. Many of these officers proceed to operational assignments requiring an advanced academic degree, then perform follow-on duty as a USAFA faculty member. Degree disciplines mirror and supplement USAFA instructor preparatory requirements.

Instructor Preparatory Education Program

Instructor preparatory education programs prepare selected officers for faculty or staff assignments at the Air Force Academy, Air University, or the resident schools of the Air Force Institute of Technology. Programs in a variety of academic disciplines are determined by the needs of each organization.

Fellowships, Scholarships, and Grants Program

This program offers advanced degree and postgraduate research opportunities to officers who win scholarships in public competition. Inputs are validated in several academic disciplines.

Legal Education Degree Programs

There are three different categories of opportunities for legal education through AFIT. The first of these is the Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP). FLEP provides officers up to 36 months to obtain a juris doctorate (JD) degree from a civilian law school and to pass the bar exam.

The second is the Excess Leave Legal Education Program. During this program, students receive no pay or allowances, do not accrue annual leave, and pay their own tuition and fees. Students are allowed up to 36 months to obtain their JD degree and to pass the bar exam.

Finally, graduate-level education is available that enables judge advocate general officers to obtain a master of laws degree through a civilian institution. This program lasts nine to twelve months.

Education Delay Program

The Education Delay Program allows selected college graduates in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps to defer entry on active duty to pursue further education at their own expense. Major fields of advanced study are medicine, law, engineering, and physical science.

Bootstrap Permissive TDY Program

The Bootstrap Permissive TDY Program allows officers to complete graduate degrees at their own expense under the provisions of Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2306, Operation and Administration of the Air Force Education Services Program. Officers in graduate programs of 180 days or longer are managed by the institute; their respective units of assignment manage all other bootstrap students.

Education with Industry Program

The Education with Industry (EWI) Program is a 10-month, nondegree internship program sponsored jointly by AFIT, leading industries, and government agencies throughout the country. EWI programs are designed to develop qualities and abilities in selected officers and civilians necessary for effective acquisition management and professional or technical leadership.

Industrial Development Education in Acquisition Program

The Industrial Development Education in Acquisition Program is a short-term program designed to improve acquisition relationships between the government and defense contractors. The program places highly experienced officers and civilians with various defense contractors for five to six months. These selected Air Force personnel are provided an opportunity to experience the rewards and pitfalls of a defense contractor in an era of declining budgets and layoffs.

Health Care Education Programs

Medical education includes graduate and postgraduate programs for officers in response to requirements of the Air Force Medical Service. Major programs include residency and fellowship programs for career Air Force medical and dental officers, graduate and fellowship programs for the Biomedical Science Corps, graduate programs for members of the Nurse Corps and Medical Service Corps, and the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and Financial Assistance Program.

The F. Edward Hebert Health Professions Scholarship and Financial Assistance Programs are available to both the military and civilians. The Health Professions Scholarship provides three- and four-year scholarships to board-selected individuals to attend civilian medical, osteopathic, and optometry schools. Scholarships of varying length are available for third- and fourth-year dental students. The Financial Assistance Program provides an annual grant and a monthly stipend to medical officers to complete training requirements in Air Force-approved specialties. Qualifications and application procedures are published in AFI 41-110, Applying to Medical School and Medical Programs.

Medical Professional Continuing Education

These programs allow all active duty medical service officers to maintain currency in their area of specialization through short course attendance at civilian institutions. Medical service officers select individual courses that are most appropriate for their professional specialty. These courses are usually two to seven days in length. Qualifications and application procedures are outlined in the Education and Training Course Announcements located on line at

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