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Force Support

Overview:  Force Support Officers lead, manage and direct personnel executing combat support capabilities for the Air Force and joint mission in the core areas of Manpower, Personnel and Services Programs. These manpower managers supervise a full range of personnel programs to include accession, retention, promotion, education, training, recreation and fitness.  In addition, they ensure that equal opportunity, sexual assault prevention and other human relations programs to fully support the rights and needs of all Reservists and their families.  

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks: 

  • Formulate personnel plans and programs and develop policy for implementation and execution to include accession, classification, utilization, promotion, recognition, evaluation, reenlistment, assignment, retraining, retirement, disciplinary, force development and force shaping
  • Establish and manage education and training programs
  • Manage equal opportunity and sexual assault prevention and response programs
  • Develop and administer fitness and recreation programs 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations (or related field of study)
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve 
  • Knowledge of the following core competencies is mandatory: 
  • Force Development
  • Career Development
  • Force Management
  • Civilian Employee Management
  • Requirements Determination
  • Organization Principles
  • Performance Management
  • Manpower Resource Allocation
  • Customer Support, Readiness
  • Food Operations
  • Fitness Operations
  • Lodging Operations
  • Recreation
  • Protocol
  • Resource Management
  • Mortuary Affairs
  • Casualty, SAPR, EO, Resiliency and Quality of Service Programs.


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the nine week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required
  • AFSC 38P3 requires mandatory completion of the Personnel Officer Initial Skills Training (IST) Course, including Officer Field Education (OFE), and a minimum of 24 months of experience

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Human resources