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Developmental education deadline set for officers, civilians

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Officers considering intermediate or senior developmental education in 2011 have until March 31 to submit their applications for consideration by the selection board, officials announced. Civilians have until May 1 to submit applications.

Officers apply using a Web-based application, while civilians submit a hard copy application to the Air Force Personnel Center Civilian Development Education and Training Branch.

Line officers, as well as chaplain and health professions officers, may apply for up to five IDE/SDE programs using the Air Force's Web-based 3849 form, available to eligible officers and senior raters March 1 through March 31 though the AFPC secure applications website.

Officers must be nominated by their senior rater to compete at the functional development team and Developmental Education Designation Board levels. Nominees must also ensure that their Airmen development plan is current.

The Civilian Developmental Education Program includes developmental education opportunities for employees in grades GS-7 through 15 or equivalent grade.

Civilians are nominated by their local leadership through their chain of command. After members of the Air Force Personnel Center's Force Development Support Division receive applications, they forward them to the appropriate functional developmental teams so they can rank the nominees, validate the programs they should attend and identify follow-on assignments.

Development team review boards take place from May through August. The U.S. Air Force Academy board takes place in August, and the small-programs board takes place in September. Both military and civilian designees from the Developmental Education Designation Board will be announced in October.

For more information on officer IDE and SDE programs, visit the Officer Force Development website. Civilians can view a list of CDE programs at the Force Development website.