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Job Title:  Training Specialist (SERE) (Military Requirement)
Department:  Department of the Air Force
Agency:  Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command
Job Announcement Number:  SEU-13-0344

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 to Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Youngstown, OH United StatesView Map
Applicant must be United States Citizens and be eligible and willing to join the USAF Reserve. For questions concerning military eligibility, please contact the Air Force Reserve Qualification Center at 1-800-257-1212.


This is an Air Reserve Technician Enlisted position.

Air Reserve Technicians are part of the regular civil service and enjoy all the benefits granted to Federal employees in the competitive civil service.  In addition, ARTs are required to maintain active membership in an Air Force Reserve unit so long as they occupy Air Reserve Technician positions. As members of reserve units, ARTs receive on average one weekend of military training per month. In addition, they are eligible for 15 days active duty tour each year for which military leave is granted with full civilian pay. Air Reserve units and members are subject to immediate call to active duty in mobilization to meet a national emergency.




Retired military are usually ineligible for membership in the Air Force Reserve. Retired military personnel who have active Air Force Reserve assignments may apply provided they show assignment (position and unit) on their application.


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  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Travel Expenses may or may not be Paid
  • Incentives may or may not be Offered
  • Preferred Military AFSC and Grade: 1T071/TSgt


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The primary purpose of this Air Reserve Technician (ART) Enlisted position is to manage the Air Force survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) training program for assigned unit (Operation Squadron or Flight).  Incumbent of this position will perform the following duties:


  • Plan, organize, direct, schedule and conduct SERE training activities.
  • Prepare and administer tests to determine aircrew SERE needs and provide SERE briefings to deployable personnel as required.
  • Develop local guidance and directives, as required, to include information updates, instructions, supplements and policies.
  • Perform work supporting PR exercise planning and execution and functions as an exercise observer and controller.
  • Evaluate SERE readiness and assists with SERE training when participating on inspection and staff assistance visit (SAV) teams chartered to assess war/mobility planning and readiness.
  • Serve as the local SERE technical authority in meetings and on committees tasked to review or develop real-world or exercise scenario objectives and plans.
  • Conduct and evaluate SERE training inclusive of Code of Conduct (CoCT) training and Code of Conduct continuation training (CoCCT).
  • Ensure that SERE activities are properly coordinated and that all support documentation is updated and available.


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You must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level or equivalent qualifying pay band or other pay systems in the Federal Government that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. Typically we would find this work experience within a military Operations Support Squadron or Flight training environment managing the Air Force survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) training program.  (To be creditable, specialized experience must meet the above quality level requirements).  


See KSAs listed in 'How you will be evaluated'


Substitution of Education:  Master's Degree or equivalent graduate degree or two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or OR  LL.B or J.D., in a relevant field of study (e.g., Education). This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Training Specialist and is related to the duties of this position. If you are qualifying based on education, an official copy of your college transcript to is required.




Combining Experience and Education:  Equivalent combinations or successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.  For more information on combining experience and education, please refer to website:


NOTE: Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may be of some help in providing information on these organizations. Visit: Council for Higher Education Accreditation 
***Also, include an English translation of the foreign transcript. *** 



Position may or will require incumbent to: (1) Fly in military and/or commercial aircraft in the performance of temporary duty (TDY) assignments. (2) Incumbent is required to meet and maintain Air Force Reserve requirements. Incumbent's regular assignments are primarily ART duties: however, the incumbent may be assigned some non-ART duties, generally not to exceed 30 percent of total responsibilities. (3) Must be able to obtain and maintain a  security clearance as designated for this position. (4) This is a drug testing designated position and incumbent is subject to random drug testing. (5) "This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position." (6) May be required to work an uncommon tour of duty.



Please note if duplicate/multiple application materials are submitted, we will consider the most recent submission as the one of record. If you do not meet the screen out questions, you will not receive any further consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which your experience meets the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for the position and rated as shown below. Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans within the same quality category. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. You will receive a rating based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified - Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for announced position. Highly Qualified - Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for announced position. Qualified - Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for announced position.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): (1) Knowledge of survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE) requirements, techniques, principles, policies, documentation, and regulations. (2) Skill in conducting and evaluation SERE training inclusive of Code of Conduct (CoCT) training; and Code of Conduct continuation training (CoCCT). (3) Knowledge of AFRC overall and AFRC flying missions, functions and structures at the unit level to ensure effective implementation and oversight of program plans and processes. (4) Knowledge of training methods and techniques, materials, policies, procedures, guidelines and techniques. (5) Ability to gather and analyze a variety of program information, make sound judgments concerning program progress, and provide effective advice and technical guidance. (6) Ability to effectively communicate verbaly and in writing.


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The federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits. To learn more about major benefits offered to most federal employees visit .



  • For more information visit the Air Force Reserve Special Examining Unit website at
  • Individuals on active duty may apply 120 days before separation date and should indicate in their application their military separation date.  Individuals with more than 120 days before separation date must submit with their application a letter, signed by their commanding officer, stating the individual will be released from active duty (Palace Chase) if they obtain an ART position.  Reservists who are mobilized may submit a copy of their mobilization orders or a statement in their application stating they are available within 120 days.
  • Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must rank in the Best or Highly Qualified categories to be considered well qualified for the position.  Federal civilian employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of the most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of the most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.
  • Spouses of active duty military members of the Armed Forces may receive preference in hiring under this announcement if they are among the best qualified referred and are within reach of selection.  For information on military spouse preference, please refer to website . Please clearly identify in your application that you are asking for spouse preference.
  • Candidates are encouraged to provide a copy of their military experience and training with their resume in order to expedite recruitment efforts.  Visit the "Verification of Military Experience and Training Web Site" to obtain

    this information, click here. 

  • All Federal Employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


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Your application must be completed online or faxed to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 1-478-757-3144.   The Special Examining Unit office does not accept applications by e-mail, regular mail, fax or in person. To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package by Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ,which includes: 
1.  Your Resume (What your resume must contain can be obtained from the Air Force Reserve website at on page 2 of the Federal Job Information Sheet for Air Reserve Technicians).
2.  The Occupational Assessment Questionnaire (as applicable)
3.  Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.  Incomplete application packages will not be considered and will receive an ineligible rating.  
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page 
using the following Vacancy ID 908467.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:
1.  Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire   
2.  Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
3.  Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. 


The following documents are required: 

1. Your Résumé (What your resume must contain can be obtained from the Air Force Reserve website at on page 2 of the Federal Job Information Sheet for Air Reserve Technicians).
2. The Occupational Assessment Questionnaire

3. Transcripts (if applicable) If qualifying based on education, a legible copy of your college transcripts identifying Institution name and location, type of degree awarded and date conferred is required.

4. Other supporting documents:

•Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
  If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, please see the information below:

•   Claims for 5-Point Veteran’s Preference. Submit official documentation such as (1) a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty - Member 4 copy of this document, because it identifies the type of separation, character of service, and narrative reason for separation; (2) Virtual MPF awards and decoration printout; or (3) Statement of Service Letter signed by your Personnel Officer or Commander of your unit or higher headquarters to include your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of Discharge and Character of Service (for members in a Reserve component, the letter must clearly identify 180 consecutive days of active duty, not for training). If selected, you will be required to submit a copy of your DD 214 member 4 copy prior to entering on duty.

  •   Claims for 10-Point Veteran’s Preference. Submit the following documents (1) Standard Form 15; (2) an Employment Letter from the Veterans Administration, dated 1991 or later identifying percentage of disability is the preferred supporting documentation which must be submitted with the SF 15. The Employment Letter can be requested through the Veterans Administration by calling 1-800-827-1000; and (3) a DD-214 Member 4 copy of this document, because it identifies the type of separation, character of service, and narrative reason for separation. If sufficient information is not provided, Tentative Preference may be granted based on Tentative Preference criteria as stated above.  

For further details on veterans preference, please refer to the OPM VetGuide at .


 The above mentioned forms may be obtained from the Air Force Reserve website at


Phone: (478)327-0113
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
Air Force Reserve Special Examining Unit
Special Examining Unit
135 Page Rd
Robins AFB, GA
31098-1601 Fax: (478)757-3144


Applications will be processed for rating after the close date of this announcement.  Processing time for applications is several weeks from the close date of this announcement.  Applicants will receive a Notice of Results (NOR) via Application Manager approximately 2 days after the announcement closes.  The rating on this NOR will be based strictly on your answers to the questionnaire.  You will receive another NOR via email once your application is rated by a Human Resources Specialist which may reflect a different rating from the initial notice.  Qualified candidates may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.


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