Established in 1990, the purpose of the Acquisition Corps (AC) is to create a pool of highly qualified AWF personnel to fill Critical Acquisition Positions (CAPs) and Key Leadership Positions (KLPs).
In 2005, DoD Directive 5000.52 consolidated the separate DoD component acquisition corps into a single Defense Acquisition Corps. As a result of the consolidation, the name of the DON Acquisition Professional Community (APC) changed to Acquisition Corps. All APC members, including those who were waived into the APC, became members of the single Acquisition Corps. AC membership in any DoD Component is recognized by all DoD Components. New entrants must meet current Acquisition Corps requirements. Acquisition Corps membership, or a position waiver, is required for assignment to CAPs and KLPs.
Earning membership into the Acquisition Corps is a critical step in preparation for acquisition leadership. As of September 30, 2011, 12,309 or 23% of DON AWF personnel were members of the Acquisition Corps. They comprise an elite group of acquisition professionals with the skills and attributes required to lead and effectively manage the defense acquisition process.
To qualify for membership in the Acquisition Corps, AWF personnel must meet certain education, certification, position, grade, and experience criteria. Additionally, the Surface Warfare and Submarine Warfare military communities have a command screen requirement. Acquisition Corps Requirements
An application and approval process has been established based on the category and position of the AWF member applying for membership.
Please refer to the DAWIA Operating Guide, Chapter 9 for more details.
The following identifies the approval authority for membership to the Acquisition Corps: