FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FLETA Board Grants Initial Accreditation for Two U.S. Air Force Security Forces Programs
CMSGT Eric Stewart, CMSGT Paul Zidack, Brigadier General Jimmy E. McMillian, Director AFSF, Lt. Col. Christopher Echols, Catherine Jeffryes
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation (FLETA) Board is pleased to announce it granted initial accreditation status to the U.S. Air Force Security Forces’ Basic Officer Course and Apprentice Course at the March 22, 2012 meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina. These two program accreditations are the first for the Air Force Security Forces Academy at the Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Brigadier General Jimmy McMillian, Director for the Air Force Security Forces, accepted the certificates of accreditation, “We don’t take this lightly – we will continue to work hard”.
The Basic Officer Course trains Air Force Commissioned Officers to perform duties as Security Forces Officers. The Basic Officer Course is 78 training days and prepares Officers to serve in the Air Force Specialty Code of 31P1. Training includes basic security and law enforcement application, in addition to military-specific operations, tactics, and force protection application.
The Air Force Security Forces Academy Apprentice Course is designed to train non-prior service and prior service students to perform law enforcement and other duties as a Security Forces enlisted member. The Apprentice Course is 65 training days and prepares graduates to serve in the Air Force Specialty Code of 3P031 (Security Forces Specialist). The Apprentice course graduates approximately 4,000 – 5,000 students per year. Training includes an introduction to Security Forces, Combat Arms, Air Base Defense, and Police Services Fundamentals.
To achieve accreditation, agencies submit to an independent review of their academy and/or program to ensure compliance with the FLETA Standards and Procedures in the areas of: Program Administration, Training Staff, Training Development, and Training Delivery, with an additional 20 standards for Academies. Accreditation is a cyclical process occurring every three years. Each year, agencies must submit annual reports in preparation for reaccreditation, which is a new and independent review of the academy/program.