General Information for Applicants

The ATAP program is a non-competitive program that primarily supports funding the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) educational requirements for permanent civilians and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51 Contracting (51C) Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs). Secondarily, ATAP will also fund highly endorsed permanent Army acquisition workforce members who are applying for required business hours towards Army Acquisition Corps (AAC) membership, or acquisition/business related courses towards either a bachelor’s or master’s degree completion. Applicants applying for a master’s degree must be, at a minimum, level II certified in their current Army ACF.

Applicants may attend the accredited educational institution of their choice at the time of submitting their application in AAPDS and attend courses during non-duty hours. Applicants must be fully accepted into their program of study at the university they are attending or will attend as listed on their application. Fully accepted means:

  • All transcripts have been received and evaluated by the school (nothing pending); and
  • The finalized curriculum clearly identifies the program of study, school name, and only remaining business/acquisition related courses; and
  • Applicant has a copy of a letter of acceptance showing they are fully accepted into their program of study.

The ATAP application process is automated and can be accessed at the Army Acquisition Professional Development System (AAPDS) . Applicants should contact the ATAP Program Manager, Ms. Uhura N. Smith, at or commercial, 703-805-1241 for assistance in preparing their applications.


Word Document (248 KB) ATAP Policy and Procedures (6 October 2014)


Congratulations to the 167 new ATAP participants selected to participate in the ATAP Program during the Fall 2014 ATAP Announcement. The next ATAP announcement is scheduled to open May 11, 2015 and close June 8, 2015.

Word Document (13 KB) ATAP Announcement (updated 07/07)



Ms. Uhura N. Smith, ATAP Program Manager
Desk: 703-805-1241
Fax: 703-805-1256

In addition, you may contact your Acquisition Career Manager at the following:

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 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 and b 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:

  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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