Congratulations on your selection to the Army Acquisition Workforce (AAW)! You are joining a cohort of Army professionals charged with a unique and critical mission—every one of our 37,000 officers, noncommissioned officers and civilians are responsible for providing everything a Soldier needs to win in a complex world.

By maintaining quality acquisition professionals who develop, acquire, field, and sustain the world’s best equipment and services to meet current and future Army needs, the AAW provides Soldiers a decisive advantage in any mission.

Whether you’re brand new to the Army or to the Army Acquisition profession, the resources here have been consolidated to help you navigate the onboarding process and start a strong career.

Michael E. Williamson, Lt. Gen., USA (Ret.) former Army Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), recognizes the important role every member of the AAW plays to provide the very best products and services for our Soldiers. He believes that the professionalism of the AAW is critical and career development is vital.

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) Army DACM Office located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, is your one stop shop for everything acquisition career-related.

A welcome message from Michael E. Williamson, Lt. Gen., USA (Ret.) former Army Director, Acquisition Career Management

Getting to know the Army Acquisition Workforce — who we are and what we do


Who are we? The AAW is composed of approximately 37,000 civilian and military acquisition professionals who support the various phases of the acquisition life cycle. This workforce resides in Army staff offices, Army commands, Army service component commands, program executive offices and direct reporting units. The Army Acquisition population is diverse and crosses 14 functional acquisition career fields (ACFs). The Civilian Personnel Systems or Military Personnel Systems database, or your Position Requirements Description (PRD) will indicate if you are working in an Acquisition Workforce coded position within one of 14 ACFs. Your command is responsible for coding the acquisition position and ensuring you meet the position requirements. As the Army DACM Office, we are responsible for the Army’s acquisition career management and related training. Our mission is to ensure that all AAW members, including you, receive the appropriate acquisition career development and certification (training, education and experience) details. And while we are committed to providing you with the information, opportunities and resources you’ll need as you progress through your career, it’s every AAW member’s individual responsibility to take charge of their own career.


What to expect the first year – In addition to the administrative tasks of joining a new organization (click for image), as a member of the Army acquisition profession, you have additional responsibilities as well as career development opportunities. The table below outlines important milestones to track within the first two years of your Army acquisition career. See an acronym you’re not familiar with? Continue reading–additional explanation is provided in the next sections.


Acquisition Onboarding Steps


First 30 Days 90 Days 180 Days 1 Year 2 Years
Attend Army DACM Office onboarding and new hire briefing Register and begin taking DAWIA training Focus specifically on your DAWIA requirements and learning your position Actively participate in training and other learning activities You should have completed all DAWIA certification requirements
Attend your organization specific onboarding briefing Read the latest edition of the quarterly DACM Newsletter Have a career development IDP meeting with your supervisor Have 40 CLPs approved on your IDP Apply for DAWIA certification
Meet your Acquisition Career Management Advocate (ACMA) and Organization Acquisition Point of Contact (OAP) Discuss and plan any self-development opportunities with your supervisor Annual Ethics training Review eligibility for other acquisition career developmental opportunities
Discuss DAWIA certification/training requirements with your supervisor Read the latest edition of the quarterly DACM Newsletter Read the latest edition of the quarterly DACM Newsletter Maintain certification with CLPs; 80 required per Army DACM Office two-year cycle
Establish your IDP Read the latest edition of the quarterly DACM Newsletter
Review your Acquisition Career Field Model to begin planning your path forward Annual Ethics training
Prepare your Acquisition Career Record Brief (ACRB)


In accordance with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA), all Acquisition Workforce members are required to be certified in their acquisition career field (ACF) at the level required of their position within 24 months of the date of hire. In addition, like many certifications, you must remain current in your ACF by achieving 80 continuous learning points in every two year cycle. The Army two-year CLP cycle begins in October of an even year (e.g., 1 October 2014) and ends two years later on 30 September (e.g., 30 September 2016).


So how do you start?


Who to talk to:

  • Your supervisor will be your first resource for Acquisition career development information.
  • Get to know your Organizational Acquisition Point of Contact! OAPs are assigned to each command or organization, and are responsible for disseminating current information on education, training and leadership development opportunities offered to the AAW community.


How do you define your career development goals and objectives?


If you’re a civilian:

  • Your Individual Development Plan, or IDP, is your personal acquisition career development plan that maps out your projected training and other developmental needs. This tool is used to assist you and your supervisor in documenting and planning long and short range training objectives. It is so critical to keep your IDP updated that it’s a mandatory update and discussion with your supervisor every six months!
  • Once you’ve mapped out your training courses with your supervisor, you’ll sign up and request a seat through Army Training (AITAS/ATRRS) via the Army DACM Office. As you build your acquisition career development roadmap, be sure to check out the career models we’ve built for each career field. These Acquisition Career Field Models provide a step-by-step framework on all requirements and suggested courses of action to meet both your DAWIA requirements in the specified timeframe along with other career development milestones.
  • Brand new to the Army? Learn what it means to be a part of the Army profession—watch the video and review the Acculturation Handbook.

If you’re an Officer (FA51):

If you’re an NCO (MOS 51C):


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