The Military Accessions Vital to
National Interest (MAVNI) program is a Department of Defense (DoD) effort to
recruit certain non-resident aliens with specific language and culture skills
that are in critical shortfall within the Department. The DoD is currently
authorized to utilize this pilot program through 30 September 2016. Click
here for the DoD
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Does the Air Force participate in this
We anticipate recruiting up to six individuals through Fiscal Year (FY)
2016. Openings will be announced as they arise.
2. What are the eligible languages?
The eligible languages and countries of origin the AF is
seeking are listed in Table 1 below. In addition to the specific
language, the associated cultural background/knowledge of the countries of
origin is necessary.
Table 1: FY 2015, 2016 Eligible
Languages & Countries of Origin
Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Mali, Niger,
Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Oman, Yemen,
Poland, Lithuania, Prague, Slovakia, Ukraine
Swahili or Somali
Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania
Contact an AF recruiter for additional eligibility
criteria. Find a recruiter here: http://www.airforce.com/contact-us/recruiter-locator/
*If you are unable to contact a local recruiter,
please contact the Air Force Recruiting Service office at 210-565-3833.
3. Who is a good fit?
Air Force MAVNI program is small and inherently highly visible. It requires
maturity and an ability to operate in demanding environments - in the U.S. and
abroad. Education beyond the high school level, critical thinking, and public
speaking skills are highly desired.
4. What happens in the recruiting phase?
undergo language testing, immigration status verification, and a Single Scope
Background Investigation (SSBI) among other military entrance processing
requirements. All applicants will be interviewed to determine suitability for
the position; due to the limited number of positions, selections will be made
based on the whole-person concept. Contact a recruiter for additional
5. What happens after I get selected?
will attend Basic Military Training (BMT) at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA)-Lackland.
Follow Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS) provided guidelines prior to leaving
to expedite your naturalization. Upon graduation, you will be directly assigned
to the USAF Special Operations School at Hurlburt Field, FL.
6. What will my duties entail?
will be assigned to the United States Air Force Special Operations School
(USAFSOS) Hurlburt Field, Florida, where you will initially complete several
in-house courses totaling about 500 hours. MAVNIs will also complete combat
skills training. You may attend optional professional development courses at
the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU).
language and culture capabilities will be utilized as needed. This includes,
but is not limited to, instructing in USAFSOS courses (either locally or
off-station), escorting visiting Partner Nation (PN) delegations, tutoring
language students in the USAFSOS Language Center (LC), and interpreting at
will also be expected to augment the Irregular Warfare (IW) activities of AFSOC
abroad by functioning as an interpreter and culture advisor. This includes
instructing your teammates about the local language and culture, translating
Programs of Instruction (POI), delivering training to PN military personnel in
your native language, and advising on any culture matters that may arise. You
may be required to support IW activities of sister services as well. There is a
very high possibility that you will be expected to return to your home country
to support partnered operations/exercises. If this is an issue, please inform
your recruiter and USAFSOS Staff during the application process.
MAVNI program now has a two-track selection: Track 1:
Approximately two years after you enlist, you will be selected for an Air Force
Specialty Code (AFSC) to facilitate normal career progression. By that time,
you will have identified five AFSCs that are of interest to you and will
receive one based on availability. You will then attend initial skills training
and return to Hurlburt Field to work in your new AFSC. You will continue to
coordinate and work with USAFSOS and will be leveraged as needed to utilize
your language and culture capabilities as described above. Track 2:
If you choose not to be selected for an AFSC, you can remain a culture and
language advisor at USAFSOS for up to four years. However, by choosing
this track you will be separated from the Air Force upon completion of your
four-year enlistment. You may, however, apply for Officer Training School
(if you have a degree) or an ROTC program after two years, which will allow you
to continue service in the Air Force as an officer if selected.
MAVNI Training Timeline
1st Step - MAVNI Recruited: Match to AFSOC Open/Prioritized Language
Step - Basic Military Training (BMT) (8 weeks) at Joint Base San
Antonio-Lackland: Complete citizenship process and adjudication of an SSBI
Step - USAFSOS Training Pipeline (8-12 months) at Hurlburt Field, FL:
Complete seven required courses and other additional education/training as
necessary. Augment USAFSOS courses, mobile education events, and deployments.
Step (Track 1 only) - Air Force Specialty Selection: While at
USAFSOS, MAVNIs will have the opportunity to explore various career specialties
in AFSOC. At approximately the 10th month time-in-service point, MAVNIs
will identify five AFSCs that are of interest to them and will receive one
based on availability.
Step (Track 1 only) - Depart for initial skills training after
approximately 18 months time-in-service. (Ideally, MAVNIs should complete
initial skills training prior to reaching 2 full years in service.)
Step (Track 1 only) - Return from training and report to operational unit
to perform duties in respective new Air Force
7. Whom should I contact for additional
a recruiter for recruiting-related questions: http://www.airforce.com/contact-us/recruiter-locator/
Contact the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge (SNCOIC) of
the MAVNI program at USAFSOS at (850) 884-2245 or the Officer In-Charge of the
MAVNI program at USAFSOS at (850) 884-8504 for general MAVNI questions.