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Q: How can I prepare for the reading and writing required at ACSC?
A: There are several resources that will be issued to you upon your arrival. If you would like to get ahead here are the books and the sections that can get you started.
How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading
by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
Suggested Reading: Ch1-2; Ch4, Ch7, and Ch11
Break-Through Rapid Reading
By Peter Kump
Suggested Reading: Ch18, Ch19, Ch20, and Ch21
A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th Edition
by Kate L. Turabian
Suggested Reading: Ch 4-7, Ch 9-12
The Craft of Research, 4th Edition
by Wayne C. Booth, et al
Suggested Reading: Ch 7-8, Ch 10, Ch 13, and Ch 16
A: An ACSC Concentration provides students the opportunity to spend their time at ACSC focusing on a specific area of study. Current concentrations at ACSC include: Space (Schriever Scholars), Nuclear Deterrence (SANDs), Political Affairs (PAS) and Joint All Domain Strategist (JADS), and ACSC Leadership Specialization.
Each concentration focuses the student’s educational experience around the targeted subject matter. This can vary between just dedicated electives to a full curriculum entirely dedicated to the material.
Selection into each concentration is as follows:
The School of Advanced Nuclear Deterrence Studies (SANDS) and PAS are considered an ACSC Concentration but participating students are selected directly by the Central Selection Board.
The invitation to apply for Schriever Scholars, JADS, ACSC Leadership Specialization, or BH is typically sent out early spring (March-May) prior to the start of the upcoming academic year. The message is sent out via NIPR email. It is possible for late add alternates to miss the initial message. If that is the case please contact the STUS leadership.
Blue Horizon’s (BH) is not considered an ACSC Concentration. It is a CSAF-sponsored program, but it does select members from the inbound ACSC student roster by an invitation to apply.
A: The Academic Calendar for each year is finalized by ACSC Leadership near the May-June timeframe. Once finalized the Academic Calendar communicates which core courses will be conducted in the different terms, key ACSC events, breaks, and holidays/family days. ACSC is a unit within AETC and honors all US National Holidays and AETC Family Days.
Q: How frequently does Academic Calendar change?
A: Once the Academic Calendar is finalized there are minimal changes. On a rare occasion the school may have to adjust the schedule to accommodate the mission, but only duty days will be affected (to include non-contact duty days).
A: ACSC is executed over the course of four terms and the time spent in the classroom and at lectures is called contact time. “Non-contact duty days” are days built into the calendar where there is no scheduled activity. It is still considered a duty day, but “non-contact duty days” afford students the opportunity to meet with instructors, write, conduct research, go TDY/PDTY, or take leave.
A: Individual course day schedules are generally published at the start of each term for the entire term. Every effort is made to maintain the published schedule, but some events require the school to modify dates or times of events. Changes can be driven by weather events, changes to outside speaker schedules, or other similar circumstances. When changes occur, they are communicated through the Student Calendar or STUS leadership (if short-notice). Individual elective instructors and concentration leads may modify their own program’s schedules as well due to speaking engagements.
A: The Academic Calendar and student schedule will be published on CANVAS.
A: CANVAS is ACSC’s learning management system. It is the system that houses all of the courses you are enrolled in and the Student Calendar. During in-processing you will receive a log-in. The system can be accessed through any device that is internet or WIFI capable.
A: Students are expected to check the student schedule regularly (daily is recommended). It is the students responsibility to check and know the official schedule and where to be and when. The student schedule is available through the learning management system CANVAS and accessible on mobile devices.
A: While attending ACSC all students are assigned to a student squadron. The Student Squadron Commanders, for all Active Duty Air Force personnel, are responsible for submitting ADPs and Talent Marketplace comments. Students can arrive to ACSC with an ADP and comments from a previous commander (highly encouraged). Typically comments are crafted as a result of one-on-one sessions with the student, comments from previous commanders, and discussions with the assignment team and career field managers.
For all Sister Service, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Civilians, and International Officers your follow-on assignments are processed by your respective Service, home station, headquarters, or nation.
Throughout the year, many opportunities are made available for career enhancement. This includes Squadron Commander Boards, DET/CC and DO opportunities, Aide-De-Camps, USAFA Instructor, Advanced Academic Degrees, and more. You will receive notification of these opportunities through MyPers and/or the STUS leadership team. Submissions will be routed through the STUS/CC. If a senior rater is required, the ACSC/CC will submit the packages.
Q: I would like to stay at Maxwell after my student year, is this possible?
A: Every year ACSC receives requests from current students to stay on as faculty. If a student wishes to stay at ACSC and instruct or fill a staff position their first step is to discuss this with their DO and STUS/CC. After this the student should discuss this option with their assignment team to ensure release for instructor duty is given prior to submitting assignment preferences.
There are also assignment opportunities outside of ACSC both at Maxwell and Gunter. Again students should work with their assignments teams and STUS/CCs to ensure preferences and comments match during the applicable assignment window.
A:The STUS/DOs work directly with the MPF to execute student assignments for all Active Duty Air Force students. STUS/DOs will disseminate information on the necessary actions to students throughout the year to ensure a smooth and efficient process. Students will be matched to assignments as part of the AFPC Summer VML Cycle and can generally expect to receive assignment notifications between January through March.
A: Each of the major ASG programs (SAMS, SAW, and SAASS) send representatives to ACSC to present their individual programs and application requirements. These visits occur during the fall, prior to application deadlines. Each ASG has unique selection requirements, which will be clearly presented. Selections are generally announced in December.
A: The Student Squadron’s are responsible for handling all actions regarding student attendance or absences such as long term absences for medical issues, parental leave, or TDYs. Students should always contact their STUS/DO first.
Q: Can I graduate on time if I have a long term absence (greater than 10 academic days in a term) during the academic year?
A: The short answer is yes, you can graduate on time. The STUS team works with each student to develop a plan that will help them make up all course requirements during absences, including parental leave. These plans will be coordinated with the course instructors, department chairs, and Dean of Students. There are also options to extend the academics into the following summer, provided there is flexibility with the follow-on assignment.
A: The Student Squadron Commanders (STUS/CCs) will determine your squadron and seminar assignments based on in-bound student demographics. Because of frequent and late changes to the list of students, STUS/CCs will inform all students during main body inprocessing of their assignment. Certain concentrations are unique to a particular squadron.
Students will not be able to request a particular squadron since ACSC leadership attempts to distribute students so that each student gets to experience a variety of view points and learn from the experience of others within their class.
Students in both squadrons are afforded the same leadership opportunities, are able to apply for electives equally, and are treated as a single student body by the academic instructors and other staff at ACSC.
A: The RTA is similar to a booster club. The RTA is a student-run private organization whose stated mission and purpose is to promote the welfare of ACSC by executing class and community service events outside the purview of the official ACSC curriculum. The RTA achieves this objective by planning and executing events for the ACSC students like ACSC, class barbeques, holiday parties, and a graduation ball. Each class establishes a budget based on the demand for events and collects a voluntary membership fee to pay for them.
A: For Air Force students (Active, Guard, Reserve) ACSC does not conduct PT Tests. You will need to schedule your PT Test with the ESS/UFPM.
For Navy, Marine, and Army students, your senior service representative will schedule your service specific tests and de-conflict them with the student schedule.
Q: How far is Gunter Annex from Maxwell AFB?
A: Gunter Annex falls under the authority of the 42d ABW and is approximately 15 minutes away.
Q: What is located on Gunter Annex?
A: Gunter Annex offers additional housing options for students. It also hosts a separate Child Development Center, School Age Center, and Youth Programs. Additional Gunter services include:
Important Note: Signing up for child care on Gunter is a separate step from signing up for care on Maxwell. If you wish to be considered for spots at both locations you must apply separately to both centers.
A: The role of ISC is twofold: 1) fill critical student leadership positions and 2) act as the ADVON team for the main body of students. ISC is made up of approximately 25% of the Active Duty Air Force student population and they will report two weeks prior to the main student body. Students who hold these leadership positions are vital players in establishing the culture, morale, and developmental opportunities for their class at ACSC. Calls for volunteers will go out in early January 2021.
A: Once the inbound class roster is finalized in January, ACSC will create Microsoft M365 accounts for all inbound students. Instructions for account setup will accompany an email to your official .mil email around this time. After your M365 account is setup, Microsoft Teams and your associated "@au.af.edu" email will be the primary method of communication between you and the Student Squadron team.
A) Yes! One of the many goals of ACSC is to maximize the in-residence student experience. ACSC leadership has developed detailed policies, protocols, and procedures to ensure ACSC is a safe learning/work environment for all ACSC students, faculty, and staff. All policies, protocols, and procedures are under constant review to ensure changes are made when necessary.
A: Students should make every attempt to receive household goods outside of scheduled school activities. Where that is not possible the student must request permission to be absent from the STUS/DO as early as possible in order to mitigate impacts to the student and the school.
A: Yes, you can live on base.
NOTE: On base housing at Maxwell is privatized and quarters are not guaranteed for any Military or Civilian student.
Students interested in living on installation should visit http://www.maxwellfamilyhousing.com/ for more information. To apply for housing please visit https://www.huntmilitarycommunities.com/portal?pid=15 and register to complete the application process.
Wait lists can be long so apply early if you would like to live on base!
A: Maxwell and Gunter utilize the MilitaryChildCare.com (MCC) website for care requests. All requests are managed through this site and separate requests are required for each program, dependent, and base.
Example: A student who lives on Gunter want their two children to receive care at the CDC but is willing to use either Gunter or Maxwell CDCs must submit 4 total requests in the MCC website.
MCC Link: https://militarychildcare.cnic.navy.mil/mcc-consumer/home/viewhome.action
A: Only members eligible and living on base may attend the on base school.
The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force has designated FAMCAMP as permanent housing in the past, so families living there have been able to send their children to the DOD school. This policy will be reviewed during the year and updates will be publicized as they are available.
IO’s who wish to have children attend the DoD School must comply with the following requirements. The lodging dorms assigned to individuals are not considered base housing for enrollment purposes. For additional questions contact International Officer School at (334) 953-3799.
1) Foreign officer must show military orders assigning them to the location in the US.
2) Child must be listed on orders (or have an affidavit stating that they are authorized to travel to the US with the officer).
3) Show the child's passport with visa.
4) Provide any previous school record showing current grade - must be translated to English. If no previous grade, the child will be enrolled where they are age appropriate.
5) Show current lease with on base housing listing the child as authorized resident.
Children will be enrollment coded as 1MB.
Q: When is Alabama School Registration due?
A: By the first day of school, usually the first or second week of August, depending on school and district. Contact the schools early as they get very busy just before school start dates dealing with both local and inbound students every year.
Important Note: Links to Alabama Schools work best when viewed from a desktop computer as some are not mobile compatible
Q: Which District do I live in?
A: There are 4 main school districts that serve the student population of ACSC. Because the borders of each district are very close to areas students may choose to live it is very important that you verify which district your residence is assigned to.
https://excensus-guidek12.net/montgomeryal/school_search/2018/ (for Montgomery County Public Schools only)
A: Required Items:
1) 2 forms of proof of residence (see school specific requirements)
2) Parents Picture ID
3) Child’s Birth Certificate
4) Child's past report card/withdrawal form/Transcripts
5) Alabama Immunization Record
6) Custody Papers (If applicable)
Q: What constitutes proof of residence?
A: Most districts require a primary and secondary proof of residence. Primary proof consists of utility bills within the last 30 days and lease/mortgage/closing documents. Secondary proof includes things like property tax statements, W-2 showing legal residence, correspondence from Social Security Office or other government agencies, and employment records within the last 30 days.
Q: Can I receive temporary enrollment status?
A: Some districts may allow for temporary enrollment prior to having all necessary proof of residence for military students. Contact your district or school enrollment office to determine if this is possible.
Q: Can my utility provider send me a temporary proof of residency?
A: Some of the local utilities may be able to provide you with a record of residence prior to your first bill to serve as proof of residence. Contact your utility directly to inquire about this option.
A: Alabama requires a full immunization record transcribed onto the state form, known as the Alabama Certificate of Immunization (sometimes called the Blue Card). This process can be accomplished by the 42MDG or at the Alabama Dept of Health. This form is required as part of school, Head Start, or day care enrollment (off base) and should be accomplished as early as possible upon arrival.
Mandatory Immunization Law -- Each child enrolled in day care, Head Start, and public or private school in Alabama must have a valid Alabama Certificate of Immunization on file at the facility that they attend. The certificate may be obtained from the physician or clinic that administers the vaccine or may be completed by any county health department in the state if the parent presents a vaccine record from the provider. For students who are moving to Alabama, out of state vaccine records must be transferred to the Alabama Certificate of Immunization prior to enrollment in day care, Head Start, or school entry. This may be accomplished by taking a vaccine record from the provider to the local county health department, or if a physician in Alabama has been chosen by the family, the record may be transposed by the physician.
The State of Alabama does not recognize philosophical, moral or ethical exemption from vaccination. A medical exemption may be used by a physician or an Alabama Certificate of Religious Exemption may be obtained from the local county health department. Attendees of day care and Head Start must be age-appropriately vaccinated against Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Haemophilus Influenza Type B, Polio, and Chickenpox.
NOTE: There is currently no information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements.
Q: Can my middle/high school child play school sports?
A: School sports generally require a yearly physical for each athlete who wants to participate, along with other registrations forms. For information about your child’s specific requirements please contact the appropriate organization early to ensure completion by applicable cut-off dates. There is an Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children that requires local schools to allow military dependents to receive consideration and participate in a special tryout.
Alabama High School Athletic Association (7th-12th Grades):
Important Note: It is important to understand local eligibility requirements for those students seeking to participate in school sports as some situations may require a student to be ineligible to represent their school for periods of up to a year.
Q: What services does the Maxwell Clinic offer?
A: Maxwell Clinic offers the following services:
Q: If I am an ACSC Student which part of the clinic will I be assigned for my PCM?
A: The majority of students will have a PCM as part of Trainee Health, while flyers will fall under Flight Medicine, even in student status.
Q: What are the options for specialty care and referrals in the local area?
A: As Maxwell has limited specialty services as a clinic, most specialty care is referred off base to local area practices. Since the Montgomery region is also relatively small, some services have very long wait times or limited provider options. Please ask your current PCM or EFMP office as necessary to work a referral early to reduce wait times when you arrive.
Students or families seeking additional options may be able to ask for a referral to the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Medicine or MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. These options are about 1.5 hours away from Maxwell AFB but may provide faster access to care.