USTRANSCOM Careers

Current USTC Announcements

Thank you for your interest in a career with the United States Transportation Command. USTRANSCOM is pleased to announce that applicants can view and apply for jobs directly on USAJobs.gov.
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Which jobs am I eligible to apply for?
Understanding your eligibility will help you know which jobs you should apply to. There are several different eligibilities in the Federal Government; we call them 'hiring paths'.
You can apply to any job, but you may not be eligible for the job if you don't fall into one of the required hiring paths. If you're not eligible, the hiring agency will reject your application.
For example, anyone is eligible for jobs that are 'Open to the public', as long as you're a U.S. citizen. If you're a current federal employee, you're eligible for jobs that are 'Open to the public' and 'Federal employees', depending on which service you currently work for.
Look for the This job is open to section in the job announcement to see who's eligible to apply.

Recruiting Events & Engagement Activities

US Transportation Command recruiters are coming to a location near you.
Employment at US Transportation Command is more than just a career; it is a life-changing opportunity. Continue to check back for 2021 US Transportation Command recruiting events where you can talk with a USTC recruiter, get to know our agency and explore great career opportunities.
** US Transportation Command will be temporarily suspending its travel to and participation in recruiting events until further notice.**
For additional information please contact Lewis Collins at USTRANSCOM Lewis.J.Collins.Civ@mail.mil
To contact a recruiter directly please email the following: USTC Recruiter

Hiring Process

The application process for employment at the United States Transportation Command is lengthy due to employment requirements. Depending on your specific circumstances, the process may take as little as 30 days or 3 months. To start the application process, you should review the list of current vacancies and then submit your electronic application.

How To Apply

Eligibility Requirements
Specific education and skill requirements can be reviewed in each Job Opportunity Announcement. All applicants are required to meet the following conditions of employment:
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance for the respective position
  • Must successfully complete any required pre-employment tests when applicable (i.e. vision testing, medical screen, illegal drug use screen)
Application Instructions
To apply for a job with the Unites States Transportation Command, submit your application online through USA Jobs. If you are interested in multiple job opening announcements, you must apply to each announcement for which you want to be considered.
How To Create An Application
To create an application on USAJOBS:
  1. Sign into USAJOBS.
  2. Make sure the required sections of your profile are complete and all other profile information is up-to-date. During the application process some of this information is sent to the hiring agency.
  3. Find the job announcement you want to apply to - you can search for jobs by keyword or location, or use your Saved Searches.
  4. Thoroughly review the job announcement, including the How to Apply and Required Documents sections.
  5. Click Apply. The USAJOBS application process will guide you through five steps:
    1. Select Resume
    2. Select Documents
    3. Review Package
    4. Include Personal Info
    5. Continue Application
During the final step, you'll be asked to certify that your application is true, complete, and made in good faith.
Intentional misrepresentations in application documents raise serious doubts about the applicant's honesty and fitness for employment and can be sufficient to establish that the applicant is unsuitable for federal employment.
Checking Your Application Status
  1. Sign into USAJOBS.
  2. Go to your Applications, located on your Home page - your active applications display automatically.
  3. Review your list of applications. Your applications are listed by the date they were last updated.
  4. The application status is highlighted next to each job application.
  5. Click the + to see more application details.
  6. You can also find and filter your applications.
What does each application status mean?
Each status tells you where your application is within the application process - whether it's been received, reviewed, selected, not-selected and more.
Advancing - The job application has been received by the hiring agency and is being considered for employment.
Received - The hiring agency has received your job application.
Reviewed - The hiring agency has reviewed your job application, but has not yet determined if you're qualified.
Referred - Your application is among the best qualified and is referred to the next step in the selection process.
Selected - The hiring agency has offered you a position.
Hired - You have accepted the position.
Paused - The job application has not been completed and requires further action.
Not Referred - Your application is not among the best qualified and has not been referred to the next step in the selection processes.
In Progress - The application has been started, but not completed or submitted yet. If the job is still open, you should complete the application and submit.
Incomplete - The application is not complete. You may not have completed submitting your application in the application system or you may not have submitted the required documents, such as the DD-214. If the job is still open, you can update the application and submit.
Stopped - Your application is no longer being considered for the job or the agency canceled the job. Applications with this status will automatically archive three months after the last status update.
Canceled - The job announcement has been withdrawn without anyone being hired. A job announcement can be canceled any time after the job is posted.
Not Selected -You have not been selected for the position.
Not Hired - You were not offered the position or you declined the offer.
Unknown - We can't determine the status of the job application.
Unavailable - There are a few reasons why an unavailable status may appear:
  • We did not receive confirmation from the hiring agency that your resume was received, or that your application was complete.
  • You may not have completed the application process.
  • You may not have properly logged out.
How long can you keep your applications?
We will permanently remove all applications (active and archived) 36 months after the closing date, regardless of the application status. We recommend printing the announcements for which you have applied if you wish to keep a record of them beyond the 36-month period.
How to find and filter applications
You can find and filter your active and archived job applications by status - this is the status the hiring agency reports to USAJOBS.
Filtering
  1. Choose either your Active or Archived application list.
  2. Click Find & Filter Applications.
  3. Select at least one of the status checkboxes. You can select more than one status at a time.
  4. Review your applications list - the applications will automatically filter based on your selection.
  5. The number next to each status tells you how many of your applications have that status.
  6. A brief description of each status appears if you place your cursor on top of the status. (For example, place your cursor on top of Received to reveal the description).
Finding
  1. Choose either your Active or Archived application list.
  2. Click Find & Filter Applications.
  3. Enter a job title, agency or job announcement number into the search field and click the search icon or press return.
  4. Review your applications list.
Have questions about your status?
The hiring agency sends the status to USAJOBS. USAJOBS does not have any control over the status or lack of a status. If you think you've received an incorrect status or have questions about your status, please contact the staffing point of contact on the job announcement. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, individual feedback is not provided.
A number of factors can influence when your application status is updated. Some of these include:
  • When the announcement closes;
  • The number of applications received for the particular announcement;
  • The number of interviews conducted, and;
  • Scheduling.
Although it is our goal to update application status as soon as possible, hiring managers can take up to 120 days to make final selections.
If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by US Transportation Command. It is important that you provide current contact information in your application.

What to Expect

Our hiring process is more involved than most people realize. We have put together information to help manage your expectations.
Selection Process
When the Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA) closes, applications are reviewed by a skilled Staffing Specialist. The staffing specialist identifies applicants who meet the mandatory qualification criteria, along with additional skill sets outlined in the JOA. Applications are intermediately qualified and forwarded to the hiring manager for further consideration.
Hiring managers may schedule and conduct interviews. They determine who they feel is the most qualified for the position. Once an applicant is selected, the hiring manager will notify the servicing agency. The servicing agency will extend the offer of employment to the selected applicant.
It is difficult to determine how long the selection process can take because there are several factors that influence the timeline including the number of applications received, the number of interviews conducted and scheduling.

Benefits

Health and Life Insurance

There are many benefits available to federal employees for taking care your health and well-being.
The Office of Personnel Management website is the best resource for detailed insurance information available to federal employees.
Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB)
FEHB offers a wide variety of plans and coverage to help you meet your health care needs. You can choose from a Consumer- Driven and High Deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health savings/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or Health Maintenance Organizations or Fee-for-service plans with comprehensive coverage and higher premiums. All nationwide FEHB plans offer international coverage. There are no waiting periods and no pre-existing condition limitations, even if you change plans. You have 60 days from your date of hire to enroll in health benefits if you are a newly hired, rehired, or newly eligible employee. You may also enroll during the annual Open Season (normally in November-December each year) or if you experience a qualifying life event.
Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
The Federal Employees Dental and Vision Program (FEDVIP) provides comprehensive supplemental dental and vision insurance coverage. There are several dental and vision plans from which to choose, including regional, national, and international coverage. There are three enrollment options available: self only, which covers the employee only; self plus one which covers the employee plus one eligible family member; and self and family which covers the employee and all eligible family members. Premiums are deducted on a pre-tax (premium conversion) basis. Employees pay the full premium for FEDVIP coverage, with no government contribution.
Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)
As a new federal civilian employee, you are automatically enrolled in Basic Life Insurance effective the first day in a pay and duty status. Optional life insurance coverage is not automatic, you have to take action to elect it. You must have Basic insurance in order to be eligible for Optional insurance. You have 60 days from your date of hire to sign up for Optional insurance. Optional insurance is effective the date you submit the election. If you do not elect to enroll in Optional insurance, you are considered to have waived optional coverage.
Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)
Long Term Care (LTC) insurance helps pay for chronic care and services such as home care or care in a nursing home or assisted living facility. If you suffer from an ongoing illness or disability, long term care provides help with performing daily activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, transferring from a bed to a chair, etc. LTC also includes care for those with severe cognitive problems such as Alzheimer's disease. About 40 percent of people receiving long term care are adults ages 18 through 64 who have had an accident, stroke, or have developed a debilitating disease. Long term care may be required for many years and can easily exhaust available funds.
Flexible Spending Account (FSAFEDS)
The Flexible Spending Account Program is a benefit that can help you save money. It offers accounts where you contribute money from your salary before taxes and get reimbursed for eligible expenses. Two Flexible Spending Accounts are offered to eligible employees.
  • Health Care FSA
    Allows employees to be reimbursed for health care expenses that are not covered by insurance, such as co-payments for doctor visits and prescription drugs.
  • Dependent Care FSA
    Allows employees to be reimbursed for dependent care expenses, such as daycare, that are necessary to permit an employee and his/her spouse (if married) to work, look for work or attend school full-time.
Paid Time Off
USTRANSCOM offers employees great leave benefits, including paid federal holidays, annual leave, and sick leave.
Holidays
Federal employees receive 10 paid holidays per year: New Year's Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For more information, visit the OPM website.
Annual Leave
All career employees earn vacation or "annual leave". The amount earned varies with the length of Federal service. Employees earn 13 days of annual leave each year the first three years of employment, 20 days per year for three to 15 years of service, and 26 days per year after 15 years. Under certain conditions, time spent in the military service is creditable towards leave earning rates for annual leave.
Sick Leave
Regardless of the length of service employees earn 13 days of sick leave each year. Sick leave not used accumulates year after year and protects employees from loss of salary due to an extended illness.
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
This legislation grants to most federal employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period, to allow them to take care of family and medical needs.
Family-Friendly Federal Leave Policies
Legislation has provided Federal employees permission to:
  1. Use sick leave for purposes related to the adoption of a child.
  2. Up to 7 days of paid leave (in addition to sick or annual leave) to serve as bone marrow or organ donor.
  3. Excused absence to attend the funeral service of a fellow employee killed in the line of duty.
  4. Use sick leave when caring for family members or when arranging for/attending funeral services for a family member.
For more information visit OPM's Family-Friendly Leave Policies page.
Benefits Information and Programs
  • Leave Transfer Program
    This program allows employees who experience a medical emergency or a medical emergency of a family member to receive annual leave donations from fellow coworkers. Employees approved for this program must exhaust their own annual and sick leave during the emergency and provide supporting medical documentation to qualify for leave donations.
  • Leave Bank
    This program allows employees who experience a medical emergency or a medical emergency of a family member to request leave from the Leave Bank. Employees must become members of the Leave Bank to be eligible for assistance from this program. Employees must exhaust their own annual and sick leave during the emergency and provide supporting medical documentation to qualify for leave bank hours.
Retirement Benefits
Retirement Coverage: USTRANSCOM offers retirement plans that will help to ensure financial security for you and your family long after you finish your career with the agency.
Almost all new employees will be covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Certain other Federal employees not covered by FERS have the option to transfer into the plan. For complete information on the FERS, please see the Office of Personnel Management website.
FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan:
  1. Social Security Benefits
  2. Basic Benefit Plan
  3. Thrift Savings Plan
Social Security Benefits
The first available part of the retirement benefit is Social Security. It provides monthly payments if you are retired and have reached at least age 62, monthly benefits if you become disabled, monthly benefits for your eligible survivors, and a lump sum benefit upon your death.
Basic Benefit Plan
The basic benefit portion is financed by a very small contribution from the employee and from the Government. Basic plan benefits are a monthly payment depending on the employee's pay and length of service. As in most retirement plans, a formula is used to compute the payments under the Basic Benefit Plan. The government averages the highest 3 consecutive years of basic pay. This "high-3" average pay, together with the employee's length of service is used in the benefit formula. Employees who meet the criteria also receive a "Special Retirement Supplement" which is paid as a monthly benefit until the employee reaches age 62. This supplement approximates the Social Security benefit earned by the employee while they were employed by the Federal government.
Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a voluntary retirement savings and investment plan for FERS and CSRS (Civil Service Retirement System) employees. The purpose of the TSP is to provide retirement income. A major advantage of the TSP is that you pay no taxes on contributions or earnings until you withdraw your account.
If you are covered by FERS, you can contribute your own money as soon as you are hired. You can also start or change your contributions any time up to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) annual limit. As soon as you are eligible for agency contributions, USTRANSCOM will automatically contribute an amount equal to 1% of your basic pay each pay period, whether you contribute or not. If you are contributing, USTRANSCOM will match your contributions dollar-for-dollar on the first 3% you contribute each pay period, and 50 cents on the dollar for the next 2% you contribute.
If you are covered by CSRS, you can contribute a percentage of your basic pay each pay period, up to the IRS annual limit. You do not receive any agency contributions.
All new hires to Federal service will be automatically enrolled in TSP at a rate of 5% of the employee's basic salary including locality. Employees will have the option to waive the automatic enrollment. All employees covered by FERS and CSRS may make a TSP contribution election or elect to increase or decrease their current contributions any time. You may allocate your TSP holding to any of the available funds. Please visit http://www.tsp.gov for more information.
Training and Education Opportunities
USTRANSCOM is committed to improving workforce performance related to the mission and strategic objectives of USTRANSCOM, utilizing a systematic approach to assessing, planning, delivering and evaluation of training. This includes formal and informal training, education, developmental, and other learning assignments.
Tuition Assistance Program
The Tuition Assistance Program provides educational opportunities to develop critical skills and knowledge that contribute to the Agency's mission and performance goals. TAP pays 100 percent of tuition costs at accredited colleges or universities for approved mission related courses. The program also funds textbooks, library, laboratory, and computer usage fees for approved courses of study.
Alternate Work Schedules
Many USTRANSCOM directorates permit some or all employees to work schedules which vary from the eight hours a day, 80-hours a pay period standard. One of the approaches is the use of compressed schedules, which allow employees to work their 80 regular hours in fewer than the 10 working days of a "normal" pay period. Often, alternative arrangements assist individuals in caring for children or other dependents. For some, work schedule flexibilities mean extra "personal time" to pursue educational or other developmental activities, or is helpful in reducing work related stress.
Work/Life Balance
USTRANSCOM offers many programs that will help you strike the perfect balance between work time and personal time.
Employee Assistance Program
Today's employees face a growing array of personal issues or problems that can interfere, not only with quality of life but also with job performance. The EAP is a professional resource available to help our employees resolve life's challenges either large or small. All USTRANSCOM employees may call the Federal Occupation Health (FOH) Call Center at the designated 1-800 number for CONUS or OCONUS locations and be referred to an affiliated licensed EAP counselor in the community. EAP services are available to employees and their immediate household members and are at no cost to the employee.

Student Programs & Recent Graduates

The United States Air Force has over 170,000 civilian professionals around the globe who directly support the Air Force mission by performing over 600 occupations. At Air Force bases around the globe, our civilian employees are performing critical functions, from repairing aging aircraft to managing acquisition programs to developing the next great technology. A career as an Air Force civilian offers everything you could want in a job: challenging and rewarding responsibilities, career growth opportunities, competitive compensation and benefits, and perhaps most importantly, personal satisfaction. Not to mention a supportive and inclusive workplace where excellence is rewarded and work-life balance is a priority.
A critical tool in developing our civilians of the future is in our Summer Internship and Recent Graduate programs. These programs are centrally managed and run through the Air Force Civilian Services at Air Force bases around the country.

PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS

AIR FORCE PREMIER COLLEGE INTERN PROGRAM
500 full-time positions are available to current college and university juniors and graduate students. These positions will last 10-12 weeks during the summer and are offered in over 42 locations around the country. Even better, these internships may qualify you for a permanent full-time position with Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) once you complete your degree. A full-time offer will include a career development plan, a great salary, and all the benefits Federal employees enjoy.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
You must be:
  • A U.S. citizen
  • A full-time student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university
  • Pursuing a degree
  • Be in your Junior year of study
  • In good academic standing with a GPA no less than 2.95
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be a graduate student who is currently enrolled in a full-time graduate program and who can provide documentation that you will have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours prior to starting the summer internship.
To apply for this amazing program, email the following documents (.pdf) to AFPC.DP2Z.FRStratEngagement@us.af.mil
  • Subject: PCIP, (your last name), (your major)
  • Resume. Specify hours per week worked for any jobs listed
  • Copy of "Unofficial" Transcript (may be e-transcript)
https://afciviliancareers.com/student-roa/

PROGRAMS FOR RECENT GRADS

COPPER CAP
AFCS uses Pathways Recent Graduates appointments to fill positions in the COPPER CAP Program (COP), which focuses on Contract Specialists, and the PALACE Acquire Program (PAQ), which fills positions in many career fields. These programs have educational requirements and may also require a minimum grade-point average or a willingness to relocate.
Designed to prepare college graduates for careers at AFCS as Contract Specialists, COPPER CAP interns are assigned to work with professional Contracting Officers and receive formal on-the-job training in all aspects of contract management, including market research, requirements definition, solicitation preparation, price justification, negotiation and award, and administration of contracts.
Contract Specialists are at the heart of the complex process of supplying and sustaining the Air Force with everything from satellites, electronics, and high-performance aircraft to supplies and services necessary for the day-to-day operation of military installations around the world. Applicants to the COP program must have a minimum of a four-year degree and 24 semester-hours of business courses.
PALACE ACQUIRE (PAQ)
The PALACE Acquire Program offers permanent full-time positions in a wide range of occupations following a 2 to 4-year period with a formal training plan designed for both personal and professional growth. Promotions and yearly salary increases are granted based upon performance and supervisory approval. Upon successful completion of the formal training plan, the PALACE Acquire Program offers a permanent position at AFCS, making it a great way to start your professional life.
A degree is required for the PAQ program - associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, or a vocational or technical degree, or certificate within the preceding two years. Those with a master's degree or with a bachelor's degree and professional experience may qualify for higher-level opportunities. Some programs may require a minimum grade-point average or a willingness to relocate.
Eligible veterans, who were not able to apply within two years of completing their degree due to active duty military service obligation, may have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply.
SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (PAQ)
This is a development program that leads to a permanent engineering or scientist position after successful completion. Bachelor of Science graduates begin a well-planned, three-year development and training program, which includes one year of graduate studies relating to selected STEM disciplines.
The first and third years of this program involve work experience, while the second year is dedicated to full-time paid graduate studies - including a full salary. We also offer eligible candidates sign-on bonuses and repayment of qualifying federally insured student loans.
Qualified applicants with relevant Master of Science or Bachelor of Science degrees supplemented by one year of professional engineering or science experience may be placed in a two-year on-the-job training program that leads to a promotion to journeyman-level engineer or scientist.
CYBER & IT (PAQ)
This program is for recent college graduates with specialties in computer science, electronic engineering, and information technology. The program includes formal training, as well as performance-based promotions and yearly salary increases. At the end of the formal training period, the PAQ program offers a permanent position at AFCS in cybersecurity and IT.
Some PAQ participants may qualify for student loan repayment and tuition assistance for postgraduate studies. PALACE Acquire (PAQ) is a three-year, full-time paid training program designed to enhance both professional advancement and personal growth. Promotions and yearly salary increases are granted based upon performance and supervisory approval. Upon successful completion of the formal training plan, the PALACE Acquire Program offers a permanent position at AFCS, making it a great way to start your professional life.

Inclusion & Diversity

USTRANSCOM is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, color, gender, sex (including pregnancy and transgender), religion, national origin, age, disability and/or genetics.
Commitment Statement
USTRANSCOM is committed to employing a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive workplace by providing equal opportunities for all of its employees and applicants for employment. USTRANSCOM recognizes that diversity and inclusion is vital to accomplish its mission and to posture the agency to meet potential challenges in the future.
There is no higher priority than ensuring an inclusive environment and a connected USTRANSCOM team; diversity is everybody's responsibility at USTRANSCOM.
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