eSchool of Graduate PME - Air War College (SDE)

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Program Description:
The eSchool's Air War College distance learning (AWC DL) program is a senior developmental education (SDE) program. The SDE/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. The SDE/AWC DL program provides a strategic, “air-minded” curriculum that prepares graduates to provide strategic leadership, appropriate expertise and critical thinking in support of national security objectives.

In August 2016, we launched edition 18 of SDE/AWC DL. Edition 18 curriculum is delivered online through a mix of self-paced courses and asynchronous facilitated seminars. The curriculum provides students with peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration opportunities, facilitation of online seminars by DL-certified faculty, and the ability to customize the program to suit personal and professional needs.


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The AWC DL 18.0 program produces graduates who are able to…

  • illustrate the skills required to lead successfully at the strategic level in the complex national security environment [Program Outcome-1];
  • analyze the contextual requirements for the effective strategic employment of airpower [Program Outcome-2];
  • comprehend the elements of successful military strategies which, in concert with other instruments of national power, support national security objectives [Program Outcome-3]; and critically analyze complex political-military issues and clearly articulate national security strategy options [Program Outcome-4].

The eligibility criteria for SDE/AWC DL are found in Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2656, Developmental Education. Refer to AFI 36-2656 for further details or updates.

  • Military: The program is offered to O-5 selects and above. Persons may be active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve (AFRES), or Air National Guard (ANG); sister-service active duty, Guard, or Reserve; or Civil Air Patrol (CAP).
    • Officers who are designated as SDE-selects are prohibited from enrolling in AWC DL unless they fall under the criteria established in AFI 36-2301.
    • ANG and AFRES members have the opportunity to enhance their SDE/AWC DL PME experience with Air Reserve Component Seminars (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
  • Civilian: DoD civilian employees in the grades of GS 14/15, NH III or lab/demo employees in grades DRIII/IV are eligible to enroll.
  • International: International applicants must be an O-5 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.
  • Military
  • If you meet the program eligibility, you must create an AUSIS account before enrolling. A CAC card is required to create the account
  • 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."
  • Go down to the menu bar on the left side of the AU Portal page and hover over "Distance Learning," then hover over the name of program desired 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.
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