eSchool of Graduate PME - Air Command and Staff College (IDE)

IDE/ACSC Distance Learning Curriculum Flow
IDE Distance Learning Program Model
Program Eligibility and Enrollment


The eligibility criteria for the eSchool's IDE/ACSC DL program are found in Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2301, Developmental Education.

  • Military: The program is offered to O-4 selects and above. Persons may be active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserves (AFRES), or Air National Guard (ANG); sister service active duty, Guard or Reserve or Civil Air Patrol. 
    • Officers who are designated as IDE-selects are prohibited from enrolling in ACSC DL unless they fall under the criteria established in AFI 36-2301. 
    • ANG and AFRES members have the opportunity to enhance their IDE experience during Air Reserve Component Seminars (ARCS). Click here for more information on IDE/ACSC ARCS.
    • Army officers: Officers will not enroll in other than Army schools without written approval of the DCS, G-3/5/7 (Director of Training). AR 350-1, 10 DEC 2017

  • DoD Civilians: DoD civilian employees in the grade of GS-11 thru GS-13, non-appropriated fund (NAF) 4/5, DR-I and DR-II with a bachelor’s degree may also enroll.
  • International: International applicants must be an O-4 select or higher. International officers must forward requests to Air Force Security Assistance Training (AFSAT) (with a CC to SAF/IA) through the country security assistance organization or country embassy. Please refer to AFI 36-2301, Section 11, for guidance.


If you meet the program eligibility, you must create an AUSIS account before enrolling. A CAC card is required to create the account using the following method: Go to AF Portal and login. Under QUICK LINKS, scroll down to EDUCATION/TRAINING/FORCE DEVELOPMENT, and click on Air University Portal, go to the silver bar that reads "Click here to login or create a new account," and click on "Create Account." Once you follow the steps, go down to the menu bar on the left side of the AU Portal page and hover over "Distance Learning,"  then hover over "ACSC Non-Master's Distance Learning Program (NMP)" and select "AUSIS." From the AUSIS page, click on "Create Account."

If you do not have a CAC card or are not able to create an account for any other reason, please submit a help ticket by clicking here.

Students enrolled in the IDE/ACSC DL program remain enrolled through completion, provided they stay in good standing. All students enrolled in an eSchool program must complete that program prior to being enrolled in the next eligible program.

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Maxwell AFB, AL 36112


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