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AFSC 7S0X1 - Special Investigations

Air Force Enlisted Job Description

Specialty Summary

(Note: This is not an entry-level job). Conducts criminal, fraud, counterintelligence, personal background, and technical services investigations and special inquiries. Manages special investigations activities. Related DoD Occupational Subgroup: 832.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Plans, conducts, documents, and manages proactive and reactive investigative activities. Interviews victims and witnesses and interrogates persons suspected of committing major violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and other laws.

Administers oaths to and obtains signed statements from persons interviewed and interrogated. Conducts crime scene searches. Identifies, seizes, preserves, and safeguards evidence, and requests laboratory analyses thereof. Plans and participates in surveillance operations. Conducts lineups and fingerprints suspects. Conducts economic, violation of public trust, and environmental crime investigations. Conducts liaison with counterpart investigative and security agencies. Identifies, tests, and recruits human sources of information. Conducts intrusion and other computer crime investigations. Documents investigative activity in management information systems and provides detailed reports to command and legal authorities for their action. Provides testimony in legal proceedings and regularly briefs command officials on the status of investigative services. Coordinates investigative matters of mutual interest with other local, state, federal, and foreign law enforcement and security agencies.

Plans, conducts, documents, and manages counterintelligence and force protection investigative activities. Investigates allegations of espionage, sabotage, terrorism, subversion, and major security violations. Establishes contact with host nation counterpart agencies and friendly forces to determine multi-discipline threats to USAF or DoD personnel, resources and operations.

Develops human source networks to obtain critical and timely threat information. Collects, analyzes, documents and expeditiously reports threat information to the appropriate command authorities. Conducts personnel suitability investigations, protective service operations, provides technical surveillance countermeasures support, and conducts special inquiry investigations. Conducts offensive counterespionage operations targeting foreign intelligence services. Conducts defensive and awareness briefings on threat posed by foreign intelligence services, terrorist, subversive groups and other threats.

Plans, conducts, documents and manages personnel security investigations to determine whether unfavorable information exists on persons regarding their character, loyalty, discretion, integrity, and financial responsibility.

Plans, conducts, documents, and manages technical services support to all AFOSI investigative mission areas. Performs preventative and corrective maintenance on equipment to ensure operational readiness. Plans, conducts, documents, and manages Psychophyisiological Detection of Deception (PDD) examinations and maintains equipment. Plans, conducts, documents, and manages computer crime investigative matters.

Specialty Qualifications:

Special Note:Special Investigations (Office of Special Investigations, OSI) is not an entry-level career field. In other words, you cannot become a Special Investigations Agent when you first join the Air Force.

Enlisted Air Force members may apply for special agent duty once they've first served in another career field. Those eligible are Master Sergeants, Technical Sergeants, and Staff Sergeants with fewer than 12 years of military service, Senior airmen with fewer than six years of service, and Senior Airmen-selects. All applicants must have outstanding records. (Grade requirements may be waived for special or unusual circumstances.)

Most eagerly sought by the command are applicants who possess computer skills or speak foreign languages (Japanese, Turkish, Korean, and Arabic are most critical).

Those knowledgeable in electronics are encouraged to seek investigative duties with OSI's Technical Services Division or Computer Crime Division.

Airmen cannot apply if they are filling a critical AFSC, as defined by the Air Force Personnel Center. In all cases, those interested should contact the nearest OSI detachment for the latest information regarding eligibility criteria and the application process. They should also contact their local Military Personnel Flight retraining branch.

Enlisted members from non-Air Force branches of the armed forces should visit an Air Force recruiter for details on how to join the Air Force.

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of special investigations policy, procedures, and techniques concerning criminal, economic, environmental, counterintelligence, force protection, computer crime and technical services computer use and operations.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school or general educational development equivalency with courses in accounting and a foreign language is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 7S031, completion of the Special Investigators Course at the United States Air Force Special Investigations Academy is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated: (Note: See Explanation of Air Force Specialty Codes).

7S071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 7S031. Also, experience performing or supervising functions such as investigations or inquiries.

7S091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 7S071. Also, experience managing special investigative activities such as criminal, fraud, counterintelligence, or technical services.

Other. The following are mandatory as indicated:

For entry into this specialty, qualification according to AFI 36-2110, Assignments.

For entry, award, and retention of these AFSCs:

Ability to speak and write clearly and distinctly.

Qualification to bear firearms according to AFI 31-207, Arming and Use of Force by Air Force Personnel.

Specialty requires routine access to Top Secret material or similar environment. For award and retention of AFSCs 7S0XX, completion of a current Single Scope Background Investigation, (SSBI) according to AFI 31-501, Personnel Security Program Management.

For award and retention of these AFSCs, certification by the Commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Deployment Rate for this AFSC

Strength Req: G

Physical Profile: 222221

Citizenship: Yes

Required Appitude Score : G-43 (Changed to G-44, effective 1 October 2004).

Technical Training:

Course #:5OBO7S00 000

Length (Days): 60

Location: Bol

Possible Assignment Information

See article, Air Force OSI in Iraq

Air Force Office of Special Investigations
AbbreviationAFOSI or OSI

Air Force Office of Special Investigations emblem

Badge of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations

Agency overview
FormedAugust 1, 1948
Employees2,738 total (311 officers, 1,253 enlisted, 785 civilians, and 389 reservists)
Legal personalityGovernmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyUnited States
General nature
Operational structure

Russell-Knox Building,

Marine Corps Base, Quantico
Special Agents2,029
Unsworn members529
Agency executive
  • Kirk B. Stabler (Commander)
  • Jeffrey D. Specht (Executive Director)
  • Terry L. Bullard (Vice Commander)
  • Karen F. Beirne-Flint (Command Chief)
Parent agencyDepartment of the Air Force


  • Threat detection
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Technology protection
  • Defense Cyber Crime Center
  • Antiterrorism

The United States Air ForceOffice of Special Investigations (AFOSI or OSI) is a U.S. federal law enforcement agency that reports directly to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Operating worldwide, AFOSI provides independent criminal investigative, counterintelligence and protective service operations outside of the traditional military chain of command. AFOSI proactively identifies, investigates and neutralizes, serious criminal, terrorist, and espionage threats to personnel and resources of the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense, thereby protecting the national security of the United States.


AFOSI was founded August 1, 1948, at the suggestion of Congress to consolidate investigative activities in the Air Force. Secretary of the Air ForceW. Stuart Symington created AFOSI and patterned it after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He appointed Special AgentJoseph Carroll, a senior FBI official and assistant to FBI DirectorJ. Edgar Hoover, as the first AFOSI commander and charged him with providing independent, unbiased and centrally directed investigations of criminal activity in the Air Force. Carroll later became the first director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.[1] As of 2007, the AFOSI has 2,900 employees.[2] After pilot training, AFOSI remains the second-most requested career choice in the U.S. Air Force for officers.[3]

AFOSI capabilities:[4]

  • Protect critical technologies and information
  • Detect and mitigate threats
  • Provide global specialized services
  • Conduct major criminal investigations
  • Engage foreign adversaries and threats offensively

AFOSI's Cornerstone is to vigorously solve crime, protect secrets, warn of threats, exploit intelligence opportunities, and operate in cyber.[clarification needed][5] AFOSI investigates a wide variety of serious offenses - espionage, terrorism, crimes against property, violence against people, larceny, computer hacking, acquisition fraud, drug use and distribution, financial misdeeds, military desertion, corruption of the contracting process, and any other illegal activity that undermines the mission of the U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense.


In addition to the AFOSI headquarters at Quantico, Virginia, AFOSI has eight field investigations regions. Seven of the Regions are aligned with Air Force major commands:

In addition, AFOSI has two specialized investigative divisions:

  • Office of Special Programs (PJ)
  • Office of Procurement Fraud (PF)

While the regions serve the investigative needs of those aligned major commands, all AFOSI units and personnel remain independent of those commands. In the AFOSI chains of command each region is directly under the AFOSI Headquarters. Such organizational independence is intended to ensure unbiased investigations.

The single region not aligned with a major command is Region 7, the mission of which is to provide counter-intelligence and security-program management for special access programs under the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

At the regional level are subordinate units called field investigations squadrons, detachments, and operating locations. There are more than 255 AFOSI units worldwide including, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East locations.[6]


Threat detection

AFOSI manages offensive and defensive activities to detect, counter and destroy the effectiveness of hostile intelligence services and terrorist groups that target the Air Force. These efforts include investigating the crimes of espionage, terrorism, technology transfer and computer infiltration. This mission aspect also includes providing personal protection to senior Air Force leaders and other officials, as well as supervising an extensive antiterrorism program in geographic areas of heightened terrorist activity.

Criminal investigations

The vast majority of AFOSI's investigative activities pertain to felony crimes including murder, robbery, rape, assault, major burglaries, drug use and trafficking, sex offenses, arson, black market activities, and other serious criminal activities. In January 2014, while investigating synthetic drugs abuse, AFOSI uncovered the facts of cheating on monthly proficiency exams at the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana involving 79 officers.[7]

Economic crime investigations

A significant amount of AFOSI investigative resources are assigned to fraud (or economic crime) investigations. These include violations of the public trust involving Air Force contracting matters, appropriated and nonappropriated funds activities, computer systems, pay and allowance matters, environmental matters, acquiring and disposing of Air Force property, and major administrative irregularities. AFOSI uses fraud surveys to determine the existence, location and extent of fraud in Air Force operations or programs. It also provides briefings to base and command-level resource managers to help identify and prevent fraud involving Air Force or DOD resources.

Information operations

The Air Force is now countering a global security threat to information systems. AFOSI's role in support of Information Operations recognizes future threats to the Air Force, and its response to these threats will occur in cyberspace. AFOSI's support to information operations comes in many forms. AFOSI's computer crime investigators provide rapid worldwide response to intrusions into Air Force systems.

Technology protection

The desires of potential adversaries to acquire or mimic the technological advances of the U.S. Air Force have heightened the need to protect critical Air Force technologies and collateral data. The AFOSI Research and Technology Protection Program provides focused, comprehensive counterintelligence and core mission investigative services to safeguard Air Force technologies, programs, critical program information, personnel and facilities.

Specialized services

AFOSI has numerous specialists who are invaluable in the successful resolution of investigations. They include technical specialists, polygraphers, behavioral scientists, computer experts and forensic advisers.

Defense Cyber Crime Center

The Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) was established as an organic entity within the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in 1998. DC3 provides digital and multimedia forensics, cyber investigative training, research, development, test and evaluation, and cyber analytics for the following DoD mission areas: information assurance and critical infrastructure protection, law enforcement and counterintelligence, document and media exploitation, and counterterrorism. DC3 is a national cyber center and serves as the operational focal point for the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Program (DIB CS/IA Program).

Training and physical requirements[edit]

All new AFOSI special agent recruits—whether officer, enlisted, or civilian—receive their entry-level training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. The training requires that each recruit meet physical requirements that are located on the FLETC web site at www.fletc.gov. The candidates attend the 12-week Criminal Investigator Training Program with other federal law enforcement trainees. That course is followed by eight weeks of AFOSI agency-specific coursework, at the United States Air Force Special Investigations Academy (USAFSIA), co-located at FLETC. Both courses offer new agents training in firearms and other weapons, defensive tactics, forensics, surveillance and surveillance detection, antiterrorism techniques, crime scene processing, interrogations and interviews, court testimony, and military and federal law. Upon graduation, new AFOSI special agents spend a one-year probationary period in the field. Upon successful completion, some agents receive specialized training in economic crime, antiterrorism service, counterintelligence, computer crimes and other sophisticated criminal investigative capabilities. Others attend 12 weeks of technical training to acquire electronic, photographic and other skills required to perform technical surveillance countermeasures. Experienced agents selected for polygraph duties attend a 14-week DOD course.[8]

Each recruit is expected to participate in each of the following exercises: flexibility, bench press, 1.5-mile (2.4 km) run/walk and agility run. All students are tested to determine their fitness level, and each test is age and gender normed. AFOSI special agents are expected to remain physically fit throughout their employment and must maintain Air Force physical fitness standards as defined by Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2905.


AFOSI agents' primary firearm is the 9×19mmSIG Sauer P228, though other weapons are available for use depending on the needs of the mission, including the M4 and MP5. Agents may also qualify with a weapon from an approved list of manufacturers in 9mm.

In the media[edit]

Air Force Informant Program[edit]

In December 2013, The Colorado Springs Gazette[10] reported that the OSI was operating a Confidential Informant Program at the Air Force Academy which recruited cadets to gather information about other rule breakers and criminals. The program left the recruits to take responsibility for both the initial incident that got them into trouble and any subsequent rule-breaking behavior resulting from the directions of OSI agents. One of the cadets who participated said, "...it was effective. We got 15 convictions of drugs, two convictions of sexual assault. We were making a difference. It was motivating, especially with the sexual assaults. You could see the victims have a sense of peace."[11]

In response, the Air Force Academy Superintendent will now have oversight of the program at the Academy. Though she will be aware of the operations, the Office of Special Investigations will still have command and control of the program.[12]

See also[edit]

Military Criminal Investigative Organizations

Air Force

Federal law enforcement


External links[edit]

Several OSI agents at a US Air Force base
Rosario Dawson fires a M11 pistol at the firing range at Andrews Air Force Base, while researching her role in Eagle Eye.

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