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What are Developmental Special Experiences?

Developmental Special Experiences (DSEs) provide Air and Space Professionals opportunities to gain or enhance competencies.  More than just education and training, DSEs are practical experiences that enhance Airmen and Guardians’ knowledge, skills and abilities.  DSEs are typically external to an individual’s primary duties.


DSE Examples


The DSE Catalog is a one-stop shop to simplify research efforts in assisting individuals with creating their developmental plan.  All DSE opportunities are currently listed in MyVector,


An example of a DSE is the "Innovation Cell, Gateway Academy Superintendent."  The individual works as a dental assistant in her primary job but was detailed to the Gateway Innovation Center. She gained useful competencies from this experience.



DSE Example

All Airmen and Guardians have a critical role in their career development.  The DSE Catalog is another tool to assist in researching and preparing for opportunities that are available now or will be in the future.

The DSE Catalog lists a wide range of opportunities to include:                                                                                

  • Air Advisor
  • Career Broadeners (CBs) – multiple listings
  • Key Civilian Positions (KCPs) – multiple listings
  • NCOIC of FTAC and Professional Development
  • Cyber and Intelligence Experience Exchange Tour
  • Executive Officer
  • Space Acquisition Exchange Program



Apply Today!

To apply for a DSE you are interested in, follow the application process listed in the catalog and/or contact the POC for further information.


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Does your organization have a developmental opportunity you'd like to see in the Catalog?

Please send an email to, and our DSE Team will contact you to get started.