Civilian Steps to Planning Your Acquisition Career
The Army acquisition workforce is composed of civilian and military professionals who support the various phases of the acquisition life cycle. The Army Acquisition Career Development Model, shown below, provides guidance to civilian and military Army acquisition workforce personnel regarding their acquisition careers. The model lays out the statutory certification training for all workforce members; the professional education and leadership training specific to acquisition civilians, military and non-commissioned officers; and the functional, broadening, and strategic experience suggested to attain the pinnacle of an acquisition career. All this information is tied to where an acquisition workforce member is in their career based on grade/rank; hence, providing a guide to ensure one is on track toward career success.
SPECIFIC ACQUISITION CAREER FIELD GUIDANCE FOR THE CIVILIAN WORKFORCE!
The Army acquisition population is diverse and crosses 13 Acquisition Career Fields (ACFs). The Army DACM Office has developed Career Models for each ACF which are intended as notional guides for professional growth and a well-rounded ACF experience. Not every opportunity presented on the models is required, nor suited for everyone. Within the models, courses/programs are hyperlinks which connect to dedicated website pages for each course/program where additional information may be found. Acquisition workforce employees, along with their supervisors, should use these models as tools for developing a plan to advance throughout one’s acquisition career. Additional information on the ACFs may be found may be found in the DAU icatalog. Acquisition Workforce Qualification Initiative (AWQI) One of the tools you’ll find on each career model is a link to the AWQI e-workbook. AWQI is a key element of Better Buying Power to “improve the professionalism of the Total Acquisition Workforce”. It’s a DOD-wide employee development tool used to identify gaps in experience by outlining a set of standards by career field to ensure acquisition professionals have the skills required to be successful and grow throughout their career. The tool can be used to identify individual strengths and weaknesses, and offers solutions to fill those gaps. Supervisors and employees are encouraged to use the AWQI e-workbook to develop individual career development plans that address the individual needs of every member of the Army Acquisition Workforce. Additionally, AWQI provides a common set of standards for organizations that can use this information to mitigate acquisition skill gaps by leveraging developmental opportunities or targeting strategic hiring. If you have questions about AWQI, please contact Ms. Joyce Junior at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 805-2879 (DSN 655).