Finding 4-3. While no specific “quality force” or retention-related data were provided for the committee’s review, the presenters seemed to agree that, as a practical matter, STEM-degreed personnel in the acquisition, test, and logistics workforces should be given significant hands-on experience to develop their technical skills during the first five years of their careers. This experience would enhance their “smart buyer” capabilities and their ability to provide meaningful oversight of the contractor workforce. Air Force DAWIA requirements should be appropriately modified.
Recommendation 4-3. The Air Force should review its training and career development plan for the acquisition management career field/occupational series to strengthen the opportunities for STEM-degreed personnel to acquire hands-on experience to develop their technical skills during the first five years of their Air Force careers.
USAF. 2008. Acquisition Managers (63AX – 1101) Career Field Education and Training Plan, CFETP 63AX & 1101, Parts I and II. 2008 Edition, March 17, 2008. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Air Force, Headquarters US Air Force.