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Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


high school graduategeneralenlistedbusiness, operations & administration

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Career Description

The Air Force takes its use of taxpayer money very seriously. That's why Contracting specialists have strict standards and practices they must follow before awarding any contract. They must be master negotiators and have an exacting attention to detail. This is a critical position in the Air Force as every penny counts in helping us complete our mission.

Career Tasks

  • Buy equipment, supplies, services and construction to support base activities
  • Review the purchase request description for completeness to determine the best method of contracting and advise the requester of problems associated with the purchase
  • Select the source for the requirement, which involves checking publications that list companies and their products
  • Prepare and send solicitation documents to companies for price quotes
  • Analyze prices before preparing an order or contract
  • Perform administrative orders and contract files, write letters to companies and base activities, prepare computer input data sheets and check computer data cards
  • Learn to resolve contract problems

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Business, Operations and Administration
  • Marketing
  • Accounting


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Contracting technical training:

School location: Lackland AFB [TX]

Length of course: 40 days

College degree earned: Contracts Management

College credits earned: 14