The United States Army Acquisition Corps
(AAC) is the officer corps of the United States Army
Acquisition Workforce (AAW). The Acquisition Corps is composed of army officers who serve in acquisition
, a specialized form of product development
, fielding, and support. These officers begin their careers in the other branches of the army for eight years, after which they may elect the Acquisition branch as their career as assistant program managers (APMs), program managers (PMs), and program executive officers
(PEOs). (A PEO can be civilian.) Four percent of the 40,000 members of the army acquisition workforce are army officers; the remainder are largely civilians
, with some contingency contracting NCOs
for urgent or emergency contracts.
The director of the Army Acquisition Corps, currently a lieutenant general, also serves as principal military deputy (PMILDEP) to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology or ASA(ALT)
. The PMILDEP is also director of combat systems for Army Futures Command
(AFC), by Army Directive 2018-15.
The Office of ASA(ALT) has a direct reporting unit (DRU) which is denoted the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center
(USAASC). An office within USAASC, DACM
ensures the professional development of the Acquisition Workforce as well as the officer corps itself, including the recruitment of suitable captains and majors into the pipeline of courses at Defense Acquisition University
(DAU). DAU certifies the 150,000-member Defense Acquisition Workforce, including the Army's Acquisition workforce of 40,000 civilians, officers, and NCOs. Read more...