AFIT Academic Coding Branch
AFIT is responsible for maintaining the academic records for active duty, guard and reserve officers of the USAF. They receive thousands of transcripts annually. Upon receipt of college transcripts, our Coding staff determines the appropriate academic specialty code (ASC), and updates that data, along with the school code and academic level (baccalaureate, master's, doctorate, professional degrees), into the Military Personnel Data System (MilPDS). This information is used for assignments, promotions, AFSC determinations, and other personnel actions.
The most common updates are: bachelor's degrees, bachelor plus (annotated on the Career Data Brief (CDB) and SURF as "Graduate Work - No Graduate Degree"), master's degree, master's plus, PhDs, medical residencies/fellowships, and professional degrees (medical, law, chaplain, etc.).
How to obtain an educational level update
An official transcript from the university may be mailed or e-mailed from the registrar's office reflecting your degree progress or graduation. E-mailed files are preferred to be in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format.
NOTE: Most official transcripts do not include your SSN or date of birth. If you have a common name it is recommended that you contact the school to ensure that additional identifying information is on your transcript to ensure the Academic Coding Branch can locate you in MILPDS. If you have changed your last name, please ensure the last name on your transcript matches your AF records or we will be unable to locate you in the system.
We cannot accept diplomas, faxes, photocopies, student scanned copies, e-mail copies, screenshots, unofficial, opened, or “issued to student” transcripts, enrollment verifications, or grade reports.
NOTE: For bachelor's plus and master's updates all credits must be on a single university transcript. We do not have the authority to combine hours from multiple schools. We will accept transfer hours as annotated. Minimum requirements for a bachelor plus is the completion of 15 semester hours or 22 quarter hours toward the award of a master's degree. Minimum requirements for a master's plus is the completion of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.
All correspondence requesting updates to academic level should be addressed to:
AFIT Academic Coding Branch
2950 Hobson Way
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765
Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery and processing of traditional mail. We only receive mail from the base postal center on Wednesdays and Fridays. Overnight post and email runs 1 week for processing. The individual will notice the update on the CDB in vMPF within 24 hrs of processing. (We do not make real time updates to AMS SURF or AFVEC, it may take up to 30 days for the change to flow to other systems.) If delivery confirmation is required, utilize certified mail, FED EX, UPS or Express Mail.
AFI 36-2305 para 4.1. Officer Updates. Officers are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their education records annually. It is the officer's responsibility to contact the issuing institution and fund the cost of any requested transcript/documentation (see paragraph 3.2.) for update and/or correction of military records. Transcript fees are not reimbursable by the Air Force.
Information for Officers whose graduate degree status is "Requirements Complete/Pending Graduation"
This information only applies if your degree requirements are completed, but a degree has not been awarded/conferred. (If your degree was awarded over 3 months ago, you are not pending graduation and need to send official transcripts).
An official letter from the university registrar on university letterhead may be mailed or e-mailed to our office. The letter must contain the following information: Name, SSN, degree level, major area of study, date of graduation (for future graduation dates we will accept the requirements completion date as a substitute). The letter must be physically signed by the Registrar. We cannot accept letters stating pending status, should graduate, or audits pending. All letters must reflect that all pre-graduation actions are complete. (Note: We cannot accept letters for bachelor's degrees, bachelor's plus or master's plus updates.) This update is valid for a one time, 90 day entry in your MilPDS record. You will need to have an official transcript sent to us on or after the graduation date in order to make this a permanent entry in your records.
Board Information from the OPB Instructions
Beginning with boards convening 1 Dec 14 or later, advanced academic degrees will no longer be considered for all Line of the Air Force (LAF) Major and Lieutenant Colonel Boards.
For all other competitive categories: This area holds only your two highest/most recent degrees. Officers are responsible for ensuring their education records are updated as quickly as possible after completing new education levels. You may request an update of bachelor's plus or master's plus to show progress toward an advanced degree. At least 15 semester or 22 quarter hours of graduate-level work are required for " BAC+" and 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of PhD work are required for " MAS+" . Official transcripts must be sent to the AFIT Academic Coding Branch directly from the issuing institutions.
If you are unsure if your degree information is being masked, please review your Career Data Brief in vMPF prior to contacting our office.
If your academic information appears on your Career Data Brief, then your data is being masked for the promotion board.
How coding works in MilPDS
The Academic Coding Branch uses a list of codes located in MilPDS to update degree information. Once the code is entered, MilPDS has default information that populates the system. This information cannot be changed.
Information that Academic Coding Branch cannot update: