AACOE Courses

School Code:


Course ID:


Mode and Duration:

Resident: 3 Weeks
Onsite: 3 Weeks

Recommended Credit:

Pending ACE review

Functional Areas:

51A System Development
51C Contracting
51R Information Technology
51S Uniformed Scientist
51T Testing


Course content and instructional techniques are designed to provide participants with a knowledge and understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulation/Defense Federal Acquisition Supplement that students will apply from “cradle to grave” scenarios. The classroom presentations will emphasize principles, demonstrate techniques of analysis, and illustrate typical applications of the analytical techniques. Each area of instruction is accompanied by practical exercises which are expected to be worked in the group problem solving sessions as well as outside of the scheduled class time. These exercises, examinations given during class, and case studies are graded to determine the student’s comprehension and mastery of the material.

Special Information:

1. This course has been reduced from 5 to 3 weeks in order to become more useful to a wider student population. Some of the curriculum contained in the earlier 5-week version of AABC has been moved to the Army Intermediate Program Management Course and the Army Basic Contracting Course (ABCC) (formerly named the Army Intermediate Contracting Lab) and the AABC course title is changed to Army Acquisition Foundation Course (AAFC).

2. In order to complete the FA 51 basic qualification training requirements, officers must complete 8D-F48/551-51C30. If assigned to a 51A position, officers will additionally complete the Army Intermediate Program Managers Course (8D-F46/551-F34). If assigned to a 51C officers must complete the Army Basic Contracting Course (8D-F50/551-51C30).

3. In order to complete MOS 51C basic qualification training requirements, NCO’s must complete the Army Acquisition Foundation Course (8D-F48/551-51C30) and or the Army Basic Contracting Course (8D-F50/551-51C30).

4. This course can be found on ATRRS under School Code 907A. It is taught at the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence (AACoE) on the campus of the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH). For additional information visit Web site http://asc.army.mil/web/organization/aacoe/.

5. For advanced reading materials and additional information, visit our web
site at: http://asc.army.mil/web/organization/aacoe/alu-courses-offered-at-aacoe/army-acquisition-basic-course/.

This material is NOT releasable to students from foreign countries.


Commissioned officers must have completed their branch advanced course, must be a Captain (O3) or above, and must have been assessed into the U.S. Army Acquisition Corps with a Functional Area code of 51. Officers must have a baccalaureate degree or higher with 24 business hours.

Civilians must be in the grade range of GS-07 through GS-13 and a member of the acquisition work force in Career Program 14. Civilians must have a baccalaureate degree or higher with 24 business hours.

Non-Commissioned Officers must have been assessed into the 51C MOS, must be a Sergeant (E5) or above, and must complete their common core training prior to attending this course.

Secret Clearance: Secret.
The US Army Acquisition Support Center, ATTN: NCO Proponent, CMF 51 and MOS
51C, 9900 Belvoir Road, Suite 201, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5567.

Commissioned officers, civilians and noncommissioned officers who fail to meet these prerequisites but who are assigned to a materiel acquisition position will be considered for enrollment on a case-by-case basis.

Registration Assistance:
Contact: AACoE
Phone: (256) 824-4548

Mailing Address:
Army Acquisition Center of Excellence
124 University Circle
Huntsville, AL 35899