Education & Training

Education Level Updates

OFFICERS: The Misawa Education & Training Section cannot assist with updating officer records. Officer PME and education records are updated only through AFIT, the Air Force Institute of Technology (IAW AFI 36‐2670, 8.2.4). Please refer to http://www.afit.edu/coding for additional information to update your records.

ENLISTED: To update an education level, the Education Office must have a copy of the completion certificate or official transcript showing the date the degree was conferred. This can be brought to the Education Office or emailed to our org box.

Commissioning Programs

The Air Force offers a wide array of commissioning opportunities for enlisted members. There are several different paths to commission, including Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Officer Training School (OTS), medical‐related schools, and more.

Information about commissioning programs, including eligibility and application requirements, can be found via MyPers at https://mypers.af.mil/ and the AF Portal https://www.my.af.mil/.

Spouses’ Resources

Military One Source (https://www.militaryonesource.mil/education‐employment/for‐spouses/for‐spousesbenefits/) and Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO) (https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil/portal/scholarships) provide information on several benefits that offer assistance to military spouses pursing postsecondary degrees.

The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) (https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa/) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation. Spouses of service members who are Active Duty on pay grades E‐1 through E‐5, W‐1 to W‐2, and O‐1 to O‐2 who have successfully completed high school and have a military sponsor that is on Title 10 military orders are eligible.

MILITARY TUITION ASSISTANCE (MILTA)

Air Force MilTA will pay up to $4,500 per fiscal year in tuition costs.

The Education Office is on stand-by for in-person Military Tuition Assistance (MilTA) briefings. All airmen must attend an initial and follow-up MilTA briefing prior to utilizing MilTA (IAW AFI 36-2670). Email the education office to find out if you need to reserve a seat for the scheduled in-person MilTA briefing, or if you will receive the virtual MilTA briefing. If there is an in-person briefing scheduled, members will not be issued the Virtual MilTA briefing. Due to social distancing guidelines, seats for the briefing are limited to 10 per session. Follow the steps below to sign up and ensure your registration is complete.

Step 1  Verify you have an AFVEC account at afvec.us.af.mil. If no account exists, create one and ensure both the individual and the supervisor contact information is up-to-date.

Step 2  Email the Education Office at MisawaEducationOffice@us.af.mil to request participation in the MilTA briefing. The Education Office will either reserve a seat for the next available briefing or provide you with the Virtual MilTA briefing if no in-person briefings are authorized.

Step 3  Attend the briefing. The briefing location is building 653, second floor, room 219.

Step 4  Contact the Education Office at misawaeducationoffice@us.af.mil to sign up for the MilTA briefing.

Interest Inventory Options

Kuder Journey dantes.kuder.com/landing-page/

Career Path Decide
careerpathdecide.usalearning.gov

CareerOneStop 
careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/Assessments/interests.aspx

ACCESSING HIGHER EDUCATION WORKSHOP

The Accessing Higher Education workshop is a two-day program to help prepare members for the realities of college life, to include:

• How to obtain credit for military training/experience

• Factors to consider when choosing a college/university

• The college admission process

• Financial aid

• GI Bill benefits

The Accessing Higher Education workshop is offered

by the Misawa Air Base Education and Training Center.

To request sign-up, please email

MisawaEducationOffice@us.af.mil

GI Bill Information

The Education Office offers general information about the GI Bill. Additional information can be found at:

https://benefits.va.gov/gibill

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/manage/education

Career Path Decide

Are you a service member or veteran trying to make important decisions about your long term career goals and options? Are you trying to understand what it takes to be successful and competitive in your future career field?

Visit https://www.careerpathdecide.org to explore careers and get connected to the information and resources you need!

Base Training Management

AFTC is offered via the Base Training Manager on a quarterly basis. Please contact your Unit Training Manager to sign up.

35fss.basetraining@us.af.mil

Career Skills Program

The career skills program (also known as Job Training, Employment Skills Training, Apprenticeships and Internships (JTEST-AI) under the Department of Defense SkillBridge initiative, prepares Airmen to transition from military to civilian employment. SkillBridge career skills programs are vocational and technical training programs that focus on the practical application of learned skills and can lead to employment in a specific career or technical trade.

To obtain more information about career skills training opportunities, contact your local base education office or visit https://dodskillbridge.com.

Formal & Civilian Training

The Formal Training Manager can assist with in-residence PME (Professional Military Education) and other formal training courses. The Civilian Training Office provides assistance for GS/NAF and MLC Local National training.

35MSS.FormalTraining@us.af.mil

Testing

The National Testing Center (NTC) offers the following exams:

  • CLEP & DSST college‐level credit tests
    • If you have questions about which tests apply to CCAF degree credits, please contact or stop by the Education Office.
  • Pearson Vue
  • Proctored college exams

CLEP and DSST require the individual to register on their respective websites prior to scheduling the test with the Misawa NTC. The Education Office can also provide detailed instructions for how to register on these sites.

Step 1: Register on the CLEP or DSST website, depending on which test you intend to take:

Step 2: Schedule your testing appointment in the reservation system:

https://ntc.asia.umgc.edu/AsiaNTC/Web/ or contact the NTC for more information:

National Testing Center
Bldg. 653, Room 207
DSN 226‐8290
Misawa‐NTC‐asia@umgc.edu
Website: https://asia.umgc.edu/locations/misawa‐ab.cfm#misawa‐ab‐testing‐center

STUDY RESOURCES:

Airmen must contact their unit WAPS monitor for questions related to WAPS testing. Examinee responsibilities are located in IAW AFMAN 36‐2664‐4.2.15.

Members eligible for promotion testing should refer to EPRRC (Enlisted Promotions References and Requirements Catalog) to verify study references, requirements and promotion cycle information.

Unclassified WAPS CDCs are made available to eligible Airmen from the Air Force Career Development Academy (AFCDA) through the electronic WAPS Online Reference Library Database (eWORLD) https://www.omsq.af.mil/index.htm. PFE (Promotion Fitness Exam) Air Force Handbook 1, study material, can be found via http://www.studyguides.af.mil.

For questions, please contact your Unit WAPS monitor.

Individual Responsibilities:

1. Examinees must understand and comply with all provisions of test compromised in Chapter 5 AFI 36‐2605

2. Before, during and immediately following testing, examinees must follow all instructions. All examinees must inform the TE of any mental or physical condition that may prevent them from doing their best or finishing the test.

3. Examinees must wear an authorized uniform or the uniform of the day when testing (AFOSI agents may be tested in civilian clothes). For Misawa AB, it was determined that all members, except OSI, will wear their OCP uniform.

4. Airmen Must:

  • Know their promotion eligibility status
  • Maintain their specialty and military qualifications to retain the eligibility
  • Use self‐initiated programs of individual study and effort
  • Obtain and study all current study references specified for a particular promotion cycle
  • Review the annual WAPS Catalog to check availability and receipt of correct study references
  • Be prepared to test the first day of the testing window
  • Ensure they receive at least 60 days to access study materials prior to testing
  • Know his or her promotion testing requirements prior to testing date
  • Bring a valid military ID card to any testing session
  • Bring the minimum personal items possible into testing room. In addition to items prohibited in the testing room, examinees are discouraged from bringing purses, backpacks, gym bags, brief cases, or any other container‐type items into the room. Ideally, an examinee has only the OCP military uniform and his/her military ID card.

Test administration begins when the TCO/TE closes the door to the testing room at the appointed start time.

NOTE: When an Airman signs the promotion testing Report on Individual Person (RIP), he or she is waiving the right to 60 days access to study material. The Airman is also waiving the right to 60 days access to study material if he or she has not initiated follow‐up action to obtain study materials at least 60 days before start of testing cycle.

The Education & Training Section offers a variety of exams on a specific needs basis. If you need to take a test that is not on the list below, please email us at 35mss.educationtesting@us.af.mil to see if it is available.

Some of the tests offered include:

  • AFOQT – Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
  • AFCT – Air Force Classification Test
  • ASVAB – Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
  • AFRAT – Air Force Reading Abilities Test
  • EDPT – Electronic Data Processing Test
  • DLAB – Defense Language Aptitude Battery
  • DLPT – Defense Language Proficiency Test
  • OPI – Oral Proficiency Test

To schedule a test:

  1. Login to your AFVEC account at https://afvec.us.af.mil/afvec
  2. From the menu on the left, select Scheduled Tests
  3. Click the Schedule Test button
  4. Base is Misawa
  5. Choose your test
  6. Select the available month/day
    1. For DLPT, choose listening 0800 AND reading 1300 on the same day
  7. Await ITCM to approve your request. If you have questions, please email the testing org box.

Note: AFVEC does not allow you to schedule the following exams listed below. Please submit your request to 35mss.educationtesting@us.af.mil to schedule:

  • OPI
  • AFRAT
  • EDPT

The ASVAB must be initiated through a recruiter. Our current recruiter is TSgt Barcelona, email: angelo.barcelona.1@us.af.mil.

Resources

Accessing your Military Education Record

Log on to the Air Force Portal. Education / Training / Force Development is listed under the featured links.
The AFVEC is the eighth selection down.
Once logged on into the AFVEC, please verify under the “Personal Data” tab that all of the information reflects your current duty station.

If you do not have that option, then your information may not be current. A quick stop by our office will update your records! This gives you access to apply for Tuition Assistance, check CCAF Progress Reports, as well as access to study guides and officer commissioning information.

Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)

CCAF is the largest community college in the world, offering 69 degrees in five areas:

  • Aircraft/Missile Maintenance
  • Electronics/Telecommunications
  • Allied Health
  • Logistics/Resources
  • Public/Support Services

Visit CCAF’s website here.

CCAF Approved Academic Policy Changes

AU-ABC Program

AU-ABC is the Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program. AU-ABC is an initiative between the Air Force and civilian higher education institutions to offer baccalaureate degree opportunities to every Air Force enlisted member. The program directs Airmen with an Associate in Applied Science degree to a collection of accredited military friendly colleges and universities to consider when completing a four year degree. (CAC access required)

Visit AU-ABC’s website here.

On-Site College Options

Opportunities to begin and complete secondary certificates, as well as associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees are available at various colleges and universities. Adult institutions represented on base are:

MyCAA Scholarship Program

The My Career Advancement Account (known as MyCAA) Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursing a license, certification, or associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.

Who is eligible for the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship? Spouses of service members who are Active Duty on pay grades E-1 through E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2 who have successfully completed high school and have a military sponsor that is on Title 10 military orders are eligible. Spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserves in these same pay grades are also eligible.

Contact a certified career counselor at: 1-800-342-9647

Airman Leadership School (ALS)

Professional Military Education

Misawa Airman Leadership School (ALS) is a mandatory prerequisite for all Air Force personnel with a line number for SSgt. The ALS staff offers seven courses per fiscal year and these classes are open to all Department of Defense (DoD) personnel in the rank of E-4, E-5, or civilian equivalent. Classes provided throughout the course prepare the above mentioned individuals to be professional, warfighting leaders who can supervise and lead DoD work teams to support the employment of Air, Space and Cyberspace power.

Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) Leadership Seminars are provided to JGSDF junior enlisted personnel aimed at providing insight into leadership values and techniques, as well as team building concepts utilized in today’s United States Military. The ALS staff holds up to six JGSDF Bilateral Seminars throughout the year, welcoming host nation personnel from all over Japan. US Service members and JGSDF personnel are afforded to share career experiences, personal stories and career advice during the bilateral lunch to close out the seminar.

Four Lenses: Four Lenses consists of identifying certain temperaments associated with certain different types of personnel. The course assigns a color to each individual based on how they tend to communicate and what each individual finds most important to them. In the end, individuals who attend the course are better equipped with how to communicate with others and it also enables individuals to identify blind spots of their own. The ALS staff has the capability to hold this class at individual shops, flights, squadrons or even at the group level.

Professionalism 101: Professionalism 101 focuses on delivering information regarding the differences between professional behavior and unprofessional behavior. The course conquers the subject of characteristics of professional, unprofessional relationships, workplace etiquette, judging professionalism and expectations of a professional. The course consists of a 30–40 minute presentation/discussion followed by a Q & A session, and is tailored for smaller group settings, such as individual sections, flights or a specific enlisted or officer tier.

Progressive Discipline Process (PDP): The PDP course focuses on the proper implementation of discipline. The course focuses on the supervisor’s role throughout the process, the difference between corrective discipline and preventive discipline, as well as a road map as to how the PDP works. The course consists of a 30–40 minute presentation/discussion followed by a Q & A session, and can be tailored to any setting needed.

Leadership: The Leadership course focuses on all aspects of leadership. The instructor will cover multiple facets of leadership including followership traits, leadership traits and leadership behaviors. In addition to covering these topics a discussion will be held about leadership in general, and what those in attendance have seen throughout their careers. Discussions will focus on what has worked and what has not, in the end providing those in attendance with a variety of approaches to effectively lead people. The course consists of a 30–40 minutes of instruction followed by a 30–40 minute session focused on an open and honest discussion regarding leadership, and can be tailored to any setting needed.

Location: Building 1537
DSN:
315-226-3445
E-mail:
35.fw.als@us.af.mil
SharePoint:
https://usaf.dps.mil/sites/misawa/MO/ALS/Pages/default.aspx

Commandant:
MSGT Bryan Spadaccio

Instructors:
TSgt Jesus Izaguirre
SSGT JAYDE JONES

Misawa Airman Leadership School Vision

Provide junior enlisted members assigned to Misawa Air Base the tools needed to not only be successful military leaders, but to provide them with the tools needed to be better human beings.

USAF Airman Leadership School Mission

Prepare Senior Airmen to be professional, war fighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of Air, Space and Cyberspace power.

USAF Airman Leadership School Vision

Provide mission-ready, junior enlisted leaders with expeditionary and combat leadership mindsets to the commanders of Air Force, Army, Navy, and Allied Forces.

Building 1006
DSN 226-STAY (7829)

Professional Development Center

Team Misawa’s Professional Development Center (PDC) offers free seminars and courses covering a wide range of personal and professional development topics. These courses are open to all Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) holders, including enlisted, officer, and civilian, joint and international mission partners.

Some of the courses and seminars offered are Leadership, Counseling & Mentoring, Professional Military Writing, Team Building, Stress Management and many others.

To access our courses go our SharePoint and click on the “Class Registration” box (from a .mil or CAC-enabled computer). On the next page, look to the left for a list of courses. Click on the course, look at the top of the page for a brief synopsis. Classes are free and fill up quickly!

CAREER ASSISTANCE ADVISOR
MSGT AMIR L. MUSTAFA

FTAC NCOIC
SSGT ISABEL STEVENS

LOCATION: BUILDING 1006
DSN: 315-226-7829
E-MAIL: 35FW.CAA.CAREERASSISTANCEADVISOR@US.AF.MIL
PDC Facebook: HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MISAWAPDC/
PDC SHAREPOINT:
HTTPS://USAF.DPS.MIL/SITES/MISAWA/PDC/PAGES/DEFAULT.ASPX 
Wild Weasels’ University Courses: HTTPS://USAF.DPS.MIL/SITES/MISAWA/PDC/WWU/PAGES/DEFAULT.ASPX

The following are for military-only registrations:

First Term Airman Center (FTAC)

is a mandatory five-day course for first duty station Airmen to help them make the transition from a training mindset to a mission-oriented environment. It provides base orientation and in-processing, as well as reinforcing lessons learned in basic military and technical training. For FTAC information or to register, call 226-7829.

The Joint Bilateral NCO Professional Enhancement Course

is a four-day course designed for Staff Sergeants and Technical Sergeants who’ve not attended formal PME in three or more years. This class is designed as both a PME refresher and a step up to the next supervisory tier. What’s unique about this course is that Misawa AB, partners with our Japanese Air Self-Defense Forces (JASDF) and joint services to provide PME to all enlisted NCOs for professional enhancement.

The Joint Bilateral SNCO Professional Enhancement Course

is designed for Master Sergeant-selects and newly-promoted Master Sergeants. This four-day course functions as a formal welcome to SNCO tier of leadership with an in-depth view of their increased supervisory, leadership and managerial responsibilities. It also provides a networking opportunity and assistance in making the transition to SNCO status more effective. This course is also open to our partners, JASDF and joint services to provide PME to all enlisted SNCOs for professional enhancement.

Education & Training

BLDG. 653, RM 203
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–Noon
CLOSED weekends, PACAF family days and Federal Holidays

Phone

DSN 315-226-4201  
CELL 0176‐77‐4201

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Email

Education Advising: MisawaEducationOffice@us.af.mil

Testing: 35MSS.EducationTesting@us.af.mil

Base Training: 35FSS.BaseTraining@us.af.mil

Civilian Training: 35FSS.Civilian.Training@us.af.mil

Formal Training: 35MSS.FormalTraining@us.af.mil

Airman Leadership School

BLDG. 1537
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
CLOSED weekends, PACAF family days and Federal holidays

 

Phone

315-226-3445 DSN

Professional Development Center

BLDG. 1006 (front)
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
CLOSED weekends, PACAF family days & Federal holidays

Phone

315-226-7829 DSN

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