AF Recent Graduates Program (Foreign Affairs Spec)

U.S. Department of the Air Force
  • Location
    Tyndall AFB, Florida
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Aug 25

Position description


The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win…in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

The Pathways Recent Graduate Program is part of the AFPC Central Salary Account Palace Acquire Program.  Upon satisfactory completion of a 2 year trial period, you MAY BE converted to a competitive appointment within the Palace Acquire Program.

Any individual who completed all requirements for an associate, bachelor, master, professional, or doctorate degree from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years or will complete these requirements by entrance on duty date, meets the basic requirement to apply for the Recent Graduate Program; OR 

Any veteran released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, but due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of applicable degree, and not more than six years have transpired since completing the requirements for the degree. 

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience?  The Department of the Air Force offers challenging work and the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference. We're offering you an exciting opportunity to gain "real world" experience as a Recent Graduate hired under the Central Salary Account (CSA). Appointments" under the Recent Graduates Program may be for 1 or -2 years depending on the position. After completing the 1 or 2-year period as a Recent Graduate, you may be noncompetitively converted into a  term or permanent position and placed on a "career or career-conditional appointment.  However, service in a Pathways Recent Graduate Program confers no right to further employment in the competitive service.    


·          Participant Agreement

·          Orientation program 

·          Mentorship throughout the Program 

·          Individual Training & Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities 

·          At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program 

·          Opportunity for career advancement 


Recent Graduates who are selected for conversion must have: 

·          Completed all requirements of the program successfully   

·          Demonstrated successful job performance consistent with the applicable performance appraisal program  

·          Met the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification standard for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted 


"It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the Department of the Air Force will offer conversion" 


Performs developmental assignments. Performs developmental assignments of moderate difficulty where work procedures are established and a number of specific guidelines exist. With guidance from the supervisor, employee serves as a secondary interface with foreign customers providing support,  Advice research, and analysis. Incumbent develops skills and experience in the formulation and direction of foreign affairs and/or the study and disposition of information bearing on international relations. Work assignments consisting of a series of specific and related tasks have been selected to orient the employee in the practical application of basic occupational principles, concepts, and techniques in three main areas. First, international operations that involve items or systems for use in foreign military sales (FMS) or the Grant Aid program and are sustained for the life-cycle of the weapon system. Second, program management to include planning, coordinating, and evaluating the development and or production of a. system, subsystem, or equipment item to meet cost, schedule, performance, and supportability requirements as determined by higher authority. Third, to understand and execute international agreements with foreign governments through established channels. Assignments are combined with training to further develop analytical skills and techniques in the occupation. Assistance in solving problems is available from the supervisor or a higher-graded specialist

Performs recurring assignments. Independently performs recurring assignments off limited, but gradually increasing, difficulty and complexity as directed by the supervisor or team lead. The employee assists higher graded employees in performing program management research, and in the execution of international agreements supporting country assigned. The employee is responsible for locating and selecting the most appropriate guidelines and procedures for application, and making minor deviations to adapt the guidelines to specific cases. Analyzes routine problems that are encountered and resolves them. Refers deviations, problems, and unfamiliar situations to the command country manager and/or supervisor for assistance Prepares written correspondence and other documentation.  Drafts or prepares a variety of documents to include responses to routine inquiries, reports, letters, and other related material to higher levels of Air Force management, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State, and/or the customer.

Participates in special initiatives, studies, and projects. Works with other specialists to plan, perform research, and conduct special initiatives, studies, and projects. Participates in the preparation of reports and briefings outlining study findings and recommendations to country assigned. Assists program support managers, supply technicians, and other members of the country team in preparing for program management; financial management, and other reviews. 

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

College graduates who completed degree requirements within the previous 2-years of the announcement open date may be considered. Veterans who were on active duty and completed degree requirement within the last 6 years of the announcement date may be considered

Key Requirements

  • Must meet suitability for Federal employment
  • Must sign a Mobility Agreement
  • You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways appointment
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • Must sign a Participant Agreement and maintain a GPA of 2.95 or higher


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-05) or equivalent.  Qualifying specialized experience is knowledge of basic professional principles, concepts, and practices used in the departmental formulation and direction of foreign affairs of the Government or in the study and disposition of information bearing on international relations.


To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Pathways Guidelines

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Knowledge, Skills and/or Abilities: 

1. Knowledge of the basic professional principles, concepts, and practices used in the departmental formulation and direction of foreign affairs of the Government or in the study and disposition of information bearing on international relations.

2. Skill in applying basic principles, concepts, and practices of foreign affairs sufficient to perform entry-level assignments in work associated with advising or performing research in international relations.

3. Skill in communicating factual and procedural information clearly, orally and in writing.

4. Ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions in the areas of logistics, international business, and program management.

5.  Ability to plan and organize work, and consult effectively with co-workers.

This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims.  NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in non-consideration for applicable position.  Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program.  It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have six years after degree completion to apply. 

Application instructions

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