Financial management leadership program open to eligible officers

By on Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Nominations for active-duty line officers interested in the financial management leadership program, or FMLP, are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by Feb. 15, 2014, AFPC officials said Dec. 18.

The FMLP is a four-year program that provides non-finance officers the opportunity to gain leadership experience as comptroller squadron commanders, said Capt. Thomas Cook, of AFPC comptroller officer assignments.

“Financial management is a valuable skill for future strategic leaders, providing non-finance officers with opportunities to develop and use critical business management skills,” he said.

With the exception of rated officers and financial management officers, the program is open to all line officer majors and major-selects in the 2002 through 2005 year groups who possess an undergraduate or graduate degree in business, accounting, economics or financial management.

FMLP is a two-phase program.

During phase one, selected officers will serve two-year internships working finance and budget at a major command. Officers will rotate through the various financial management functions to gain a broad understanding of financial services, budget analysis, and planning and programming. In addition, participants will attend the Financial Management Staff Officer Course at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and a four-week course at the Defense Financial Management and Comptroller School at Maxwell AFB, Ala., for further professional development.

During the second phase, participants command a comptroller squadron, leading between 35 and 75 people, serving as the chief financial officer to the wing commander, and managing an annual operating budget of more than $100 million.

Following the two-year command assignment, officers return to their core career field.

Officers interested in applying must be approved for temporary release from their career field by their functional assignment team and meet further basic eligibility criteria.

An FMLP webinar will be held for those who want more information Jan. 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. CST. To listen in, go to Defense Connect Online at https://connectcol.dco.dod.mil/r59nbus6k3b.

Senior-rater endorsed nomination packages must reach AFPC by Feb. 15, 2014, with the selection board slated to convene Feb. 28, 2014.

For more information about the program and complete eligibility criteria and application instructions, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil and enter PSDM 13-120 in the search window.

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