Air War College (SDE) Distance Learning Program


SDE / AWC Distance Learning Curriculum Flow


The eligibility criteria for AWC DL are found in Air Force Instruction (DAFI) 36-2686, Officer Development

Military. The program is offered to O-5 selects and above. Persons may be active duty, Air Force Reserve (AFRES), or Air National Guard (ANG); sister-service active duty, Guard, or Reserve; or Civil Air Patrol (CAP). 

Note for US Army: Officers will not enroll in other than Army schools without written approval of the DCS, G-3/5/7 (Director of Training) per Army Regulation(AR) 350-1.

Civilian. Department of the Air Force civilian employees in the grades of GS 13/14/15 (or equivalent), or lab/demo employees in grades DRIII/IV.  Civilian applicants must include CCB and Supervisor endorsement letter in application.  As per the supervisor endorsement letter, Member must have a minimum of 2 years federal civil service.

International. International Officers: Requests for international students must be forwarded to the Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron through the applicable country Security Cooperation Organization or embassy. The request must identify an existing source of funding (for example, FMS training case) or request preparation of a new training case; provide the name, address, email, and phone number for the U.S. military officer or U.S. civilian employee who will sponsor the student; and include written verification by the U.S. sponsor that the student meets the rank prerequisite for the desired program and is proficient in the English language to complete the program successfully.


For Civilians Only: During the enrollment process you will be asked to upload 2 documents: 1) a copy of your Civilian Career Brief (You can download your CCB from MyBiz+) and 2) Your supervisor endorsement letter (Click here for an example letter).  As per the supervisor endorsement letter, Member must have a minimum of 2 years federal civil service.

All eligible personnel: Please download and follow our step-by-step guide for completing the admissions process by clicking here. 

Program Description:

The Air War College (AWC) distance learning program is a senior developmental education (SDE) program. The AWC DL curriculum is based on the five core areas central to all levels of professional military education—leadership, profession of arms, warfighting, national/international security, and communication studies. As an Air Force SDE program, AWC DL provides a strategic, “air-minded” curriculum that prepares graduates to provide strategic leadership, appropriate expertise and critical thinking in support of national security objectives. 

The AWC experience is designed to “…develop Airmen who are critical and creative thinkers by implementing an agile, individually tailored approach to life-long education….” (USAF Strategic Master Plan, May 2015). The new curriculum provides students with peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration opportunities, facilitation of online seminars by professionally-certified faculty, and the ability to customize the program to suit personal and professional needs.


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The AWC distance learning program produces graduates who are able to…

1. Illustrate the skills required to lead successfully at the strategic level in the complex national security environment; 

2. Analyze the contextual requirements for the effective strategic employment of airpower; 

3. Comprehend the elements of successful military strategies which, in concert with other instruments of national power, support national security objectives; and 

4. Critically analyze complex political-military issues and clearly articulate national security strategy options. 

For course descriptions and requirements, see the current Air University Catalog.

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