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DSE Catalog upgraded to align competencies with individual experiences

  • Published
  • By Connie Murrow, AETC/A3B
  • Air Education and Training Command

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Searching for opportunities to grow professionally and increase or gain experience in certain competencies just got easier for Airmen and Guardians with a recent upgrade to the Developmental Special Experience Catalog.

With the catalog's upgrade, competency fields tied to both foundational and occupational competencies highlight the alignment between competencies and individual experience opportunities, Air Education and Training Command officials said here. While not every DSE is aligned with competencies yet, AETC continues to work with DSE owners to align competencies to their respective experiences.  

“Of the 158 DSEs currently in the catalog, 22 already have competencies aligned to their DSE,” said Jerry Perez, Force Development Experiences and Validation branch chief. “We are dedicated to enhancing the viewing and research experience for DSE owners and individuals seeking valuable developmental opportunities. This effort also ties directly into all the work being done by AETC to codify competencies in order to help build the Airmen we need for the future high-end fight.”

An individual who wishes to increase or gain experience can access the filters and select a particular competency that provides that desired experience.  They can also view other DSEs that are currently aligned to specific competencies.

You must have CAC access to view the newly activated "Aligned Foundational Competencies" and "Aligned Occupational Competencies" areas in MyVector.

The DSEs, cataloged by the Force Development Credentialing Division’s DSE Branch, are hands-on experiences outside of formal training, established recurring opportunities, a means to gain/increase competencies, and duties typically external to primary AFSCs or job series. More than just education and training, DSE’s are practical experiences that enhance Airmen and Guardians’ knowledge, skills and abilities. These experiences are typically external to an individual’s primary duties.

Want to know more?  Have a potential DSE to add to the Catalog?