The purpose of Developmental Education is to expand knowledge and increase understanding of the role of air, space and cyberspace power in times of peace and war. Air Force education programs prepare AF personnel to anticipate and successfully meet challenges across the range of military operations and build a professional corps. DE is comprised of professional and specialized education programs, research and doctrinal studies, fellowships, and graduate-level studies.
All Selected Reserve members are eligible for DE; members serving on VLPAD are eligible pending a signed 1288 signifying they are moving into a Reserve position prior to course start date. All Reserve Components are eligible (TR/IMA/AGR/ART). PIRR CAT E are only eligible to apply for the RSSB and EDEB.
*Courses may not be available on each board due to quotas, new or deleted courses, and course date changes.
Tactical: Designed to develop depth of knowledge and experience through education and training with the individual’s primary career field.
Operational: Designed to develop broader experiences and increased responsibility within a related family of skills, in preparation for an assignment outside of or within an individual’s career field.
Strategic: Designed to develop critical thinking skills , breadth of experience and developmental perspective necessary for an assignment outside of the individual’s primary career field.
Officer Development - As part of the Continuum of Learning officers encounter throughout their careers, DE provides a solid foundation of core knowledge regarding specific skill sets or areas. Under the Force Development Construct, officers are developed for leadership and command responsibilities. Applicants are selected upon consideration of whole-person concept, application justification with senior rater input, R-ODP with coordinator and functional DT recommendations, and considerations of the future needs of the Air Force.
Reserve Developmental Education Designation Board (RDEDB) convenes once each calendar year
In-residence developmental courses, 10+ months; some courses lead to a follow-on assignment
Operational Level Courses; Strategic Level Courses
Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB) - board convenes twice each calendar year
Short duration in-residence, seminar, online and/or by blended methods
Tactical Level courses; Operational Level Courses; Strategic Level Courses
Enlisted Development - Enlisted Force Development recognizes the necessity to provide the right education to develop Citizen Airmen and meet AF requirements. Continuous education prepares Airmen for the transition from the tactical to operational and strategic levels. The EDEB provides key DE opportunities and joint courses. The EDEB is held annually and competitively selects applicants determined to be exceptionally qualified based upon whole-person concept, application with senior rater input, R-EDP with coordinator and DT recommendations, and considerations of the future needs of the Air Force.
Enlisted Developmental Education Board (EDEB) convenes once each calendar year
- Short duration in-residence, seminar, online and/or by blended methods
- Operational Level Courses; Strategic Level Courses
Applicable to: Air National Guard and Air Force ReserveThe following guidance is provided to update or correct academic educational levels within the Military Personnel Data System (MilPDS), and to help identify any required documents and procedures.
Officers are responsible for ensuring their education records are updated as quickly as possible after completing new education levels.
Send the sealed official transcript(s) (not the student copy), preferably directly from the accredited college or university registrar’s office, to the Air Force Institute of Technology at the following address:
AFIT Academic Coding Branch
2950 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765
Note: HQ ARPC does not have the authority to update officer’s academic records.
VERIFYING UPDATE OF RECORD
Click on the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) “Secure Apps” (link on the upper right menu bar on this web page)
Click on the vMPF link
On the left side, click on “Self-Service Actions”
Click on “Personal Data”
Click on “Data Verification Brief” and then “DVB”
Scroll down to “Academic Information”
High School Education Level:
Documentation is based on diplomas or high school equivalency certificates. For prior service members enlisting in the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard, a DD Form 214 is an acceptable source document for verifying high school completion.
Post-Secondary Level (up to the Baccalaureate Degree):
Official transcripts or grade slips from accredited institutions.
Associate Degree Level:
Official transcripts are normally required. However, a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) progress report or transcript may be used to verify academic education levels E through H if the document has not been in the possession of the student.
CCAF Academic Level Education Levels E through H:
E - Completed from 12 to 29 semester hours or 22 to 44 quarter hours of post-secondary education. For institutions that express credit values in other than semester or quarter hours, translate each 15 contact hours to equal 1 semester hour.
F - Completed 30 to 59 semester hours or 45 to 89 quarter hours of post-secondary education (includes 1 year post-secondary occupational certificates). For institutions that express credit values in other than semester or quarter hours, translate each 15 contact hours to equal 1 semester hour.
G - Completed 60 to 89 semester hours or 90 to 134 quarter hours of post-secondary education (includes 2 year post-secondary occupation certificates). For institutions that express credit values in other than semester or quarter hours, translate each 15 contact hours to equal 1 semester hour.
H - Awarded an associate degree
Baccalaureate Level or Above:
Provide the Education Services Center (EDC) official transcripts. (individual pays for the transcripts.)
Enlisted Developmental Education Board (EDEB)
Current Invitation to Apply
CY 20 EDEB Results
CY 20 EDEB Outbrief
CY 19 EDEB Results
CY 19 EDEB Outbrief
Reserve Developmental Education Designation Board (RDEDB)
AY 20/21 RDEDB Invitation to Apply
AY 19/20 RDEDB Outbrief
AY 19/20 RDEDB Results
Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB)
Current Invitation to Apply
CY19B RSSB Results
CY19B RSSB Outbrief
CY19A RSSB Results
CY19A RSSB Outbrief
General DE FAQs
School Board Application User Guide
CY18 Reserve STEP II results
Reserve Command Screening Board (RCSB)
CY18 RCSB Convening Notice
ARPCM 18-23, CY19, FD Schedule
ARPCM 18-24, CY19, Officer DT Milestones
ARPCM 18-25, CY19, Enlisted DT Milestones
ARPCM 18-26, CY19, DE Board Milestones