Financial Management Civilian Force Development Roadmap

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Reference (Updated March 2016)

“Force Development takes individual capabilities and, through education, training, and experience, produces skilled, knowledgeable, and competent Airmen [civilian and military] who can apply the best tools, techniques, and procedures to produce a required operational capability. We prepare Airmen [civilian and military] for leadership by optimizing experiences and skills and by developing capabilities to meet any challenge.”

– AFDD 1-1, Leadership and Force Development

The FM civilian roadmap depicts the corporate view of the typical employee. You should consider personal choices and the availability of employment opportunities in developing realistic career expectations. The typical career path makes it incumbent on you to take advantage of training, educational, and experiential opportunities. This will improve your opportunities for progression along your chosen career path.

Developmental (GS 1-9)


Develop your decision support skills by seeking job opportunities to increase your financial  management proficiency. Apply for positions emphasizing different duties. This variation enhances your potential.

Education & Training

Earn your bachelor’s degree. Look for distance learning courses to enhance your decision support skills. Maximize local training opportunities. Earn your DoD FM Certification Level 1 and, if applicable, your Acquisition certification (Level I). Focus on building both institutional and occupational competencies throughout your career.

Journeyman (GS 10-13)


Continue to add depth to your technical expertise and seek job opportunities to build breadth of your decision support skills. Mobility enables you to optimize growth opportunities and broadens your professional perspective. Leverage your high potential through career-broadening positions.

Education & Training

Continue your education by earning a master’s degree. Build on your decision support skills by completing Air Force FM training (e.g., PFMC and DFMC). Develop your leadership capabilities by seeking Intermediate Developmental Education (e.g., ACSC). Earn your test based certification (e.g., CDFM, CCEA). Complete the appropriate DoD FM Certification Level and, if applicable, complete your requirements for Level II/III APDP Acquisition certification.

Expert (GS 14 & Above)


Continue to build greater breadth by applying for positions in other organizations. Seek opportunities for gaining strategic decision support experience through deployments, fellowships, and EWI.

Education & Training

Continue to hone your decision support skills by seeking Senior Developmental Education opportunities such as Air War College. Complete the appropriate DoD FM Certification Level and continue enhancing your skills through opportunities such as Leadership Development Courses.


Your ability as a leader is derived from innate capabilities and built from experience, education, and training. Your deliberate development improves your leadership by embodying Air Force core values, developing institutional competencies, acquiring professional and technical competence, and then using your new abilities to accomplish the organization’s mission, while taking care of people. Leadership does not equal command…any Air Force employee can be a leader and can positively influence those around him or her.