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AFSOC Civilian Development Program Revamp

  • Published
  • By Capt. Savannah Stephens
  • Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

In alignment with Air Force Special Operations Command Strategic Guidance, the AFSOC Civilian Development (CivDev) Program was launched to deliberately develop our civilian workforce in order to meet the ever-increasing challenges and develop the Airmen we need. 

The AFSOC Civilian Development Program, includes a foundational plan, a variety of civilian development opportunities, career broadening initiatives, and annual civilian developmental education programs.  

“As our organization evolves, so must our civilian workforce,” said Jodie James,  deputy strategic advisor of civilian development for AFSOC. “It is our intent to develop our civilians through world-class programs that help our civilians reach their full potential. In order to do this, we must first start with a developmental foundation.” 

On Apr. 1, 2021, the AFSOC Civilian Human Capital Foundational Plan was signed identifying three elements for implementation. The first is to create and maintain an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for all AFSOC civilians within 45 days of arrival and to be reviewed annually. The second is to complete the MyVector Air Force Competencies Assessment within 30 days of arrival and every year thereafter. Lastly, all civilians need to be assigned a mentor they can go to for advice and guidance. 

This policy identifies the cardinal plan to provide the strong foundation we need to build on for future deliberate development initiatives.  

“We’re not going to get to the ‘AFSOC We Need’ without developing our civilians who provide AFSOC with an adaptive and expert workforce,” said Donald Plater, executive director of AFSOC. “They are vital to our culture and must have the same attention our enlisted and officer Air Commandos get.”  

In addition to the AFSOC Civilian Development foundational plan, AFSOC has invested in a variety of development opportunities for civilians looking to enhance their careers, hone their leadership skills, or just continue the journey of life-long learning. 

For the most up-to-date information regarding civilian development opportunities, please visit the CAC-enabled AFSOC CivDev Sharepoint at