FLETA Board Grants Initial Accreditation for Two U.S. Air Force Security Forces Programs

Mar 21, 2012
For Immediate Release
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 ispleased to announce it granted initial accreditation status to the U.S.Air Force Security Forces’ Basic Officer Course and Apprentice Courseat the March 22, 2012 meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina. These twoprogram accreditations are the first for the Air Force Security ForcesAcademy at the Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Brigadier General JimmyMcMillian, Director for the Air Force Security Forces, accepted thecertificates of accreditation, “We don’t take this lightly – we willcontinue to work hard”.

The Basic Officer Course trains Air Force Commissioned Officers toperform duties as Security Forces Officers.  The Basic OfficerCourse is 78 training days and prepares Officers to serve in the AirForce Specialty Code of 31P1. Training includes basic security and lawenforcement application, in addition to military-specific operations,tactics, and force protection application.

The Air Force Security Forces Academy Apprentice Course is designedto train non-prior service and prior service students to perform lawenforcement and other duties as a Security Forces enlisted member. TheApprentice Course is 65 training days and prepares graduates to servein the Air Force Specialty Code of 3P031 (Security Forces Specialist).The Apprentice course graduates approximately 4,000 – 5,000 studentsper year. Training includes an introduction to Security Forces, CombatArms, Air Base Defense, and Police Services Fundamentals.  

To achieve accreditation, agencies submit to an independent reviewof their academy and/or program to ensure compliance with the FLETAStandards and Procedures in the areas of: Program Administration,Training Staff, Training Development, and Training Delivery, with anadditional 20 standards for Academies. Accreditation is a cyclicalprocess occurring every three years. Each year, agencies must submitannual reports in preparation for reaccreditation, which is a new andindependent review of the academy/program.