ATAP Program Information
ATAP provides tuition assistance for permanent Army Acquisition workforce (AAW) civilians who (1) have a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) education requirement to meet certification in their specific Army Acquisition career field; or (2) who are pursuing business hours towards Army Acquisition Corps membership; or (3) who are pursuing acquisition/business-related courses towards a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) are eligible to apply for ATAP funding if (1) they need no more than 24 credit hours in accounting, law, business, finance, contracts, purchasing economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management; or (2) pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an acquisition or approved business field of study to meet their DAWIA education requirement for their current position. 51C NCOs may only apply for required business hours or a bachelor’s degree toward their DAWIA educational requirement for their current position. 51C NCOs are not eligible to apply for a master’s degree or AAC membership.
Permanent AAW civilians and 51C NCOs must meet the eligibility requirements for their specific category identified under “Eligibility Requirements” and the current announcement to be eligible to apply for ATAP. Both AAW civilians and 51C NCOs may attend the accredited educational institution of their choice and must attend classes during non-duty hours.
The announcement for the next ATAP education opportunity is scheduled to open June 2017. New participants will be approved for classes with a start date of October 1, 2017 and after. ATAP will not fund any classes for new participants that has a start date prior to October 1, 2017.
Policy and Procedures:
ATAP Policy and Procedures (October 6, 2014)
The 2016 (FY17) ATAP training opportunity results are in. On September 14, 2016 the Deputy Director, Acquisition Career Management approved 99 new students to participate in the ATAP Program beginning in Fiscal Year 2017. Applicants have been notified of their status.
The next ATAP training opportunity is scheduled to be released in 2017. New selectees will be approved for classes with a start date of October 1, 2017 and after.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
All applicants must meet the following basic criteria prior to submitting an application in AAPDS:
- Be a permanent civilian member of the Army Acquisition workforce OR
- Be a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) NCO of the Army Acquisition workforce member; and
- Be fully accepted to an accredited educational institution prior to submitting an application; and
- Meet all of the requirements as outlined in the current ATAP Policy; and
- Be certified in his/her current position and level at time of submitting application in AAPDS EXCEPT as noted in paragraphs a, b, and c below:
a. If an applicant has met their original certification requirement, were recently promoted and the next level of certification is required, the applicant may still be eligible to apply for the ATAP.
b. MOS 51C NCOs and permanent Army acquisition civilians in the following ACFs may still be eligible to apply for the ATAP even if they have not met their certification requirement.
c. Civilian applicants applying for classes towards a master’s degree must be certified in their current position and required level (minimum level II required/certified).
- Business – Cost Estimating (P)
- Contracting (C)
- Science & Technology Manager (I)
- Engineering (S)
- Test and Evaluation (T)
The ATAP program manager will review each situation on a case-by-case basis.
General Information for Participants:
The Army Acquisition Tuition Assistance Program (ATAP) Payment Process (updated April 2017)
ATAP SF 182 Instructions for (AAPDS) (updated June 2010)
In addition, you may contact your Acquisition Career Manager at the following: