PALACE ACQUIRE

This page gives information on how to apply for the PALACE Acquire (PAQ) program. To learn more about applying for jobs outside of the PAQ Program, visit our "How to Apply" page.

The Science and Engineering PALACE Acquire (S&E PAQ) program enables the Air Force to provide entry-level STEM opportunities to competent, highly-qualified individuals outside of the Air Force, and to help identify and educate potential future Air Force leaders. Specifically, the S&E PAQ program was established to heighten Air Force STEM's ability to maintain the leading edge in today's technology-intensive environment by hiring dynamic, creative, and innovative scientists and engineers.

There are two tiers to this program depending on the level of education that you have at the time of application. There is a program for recent Bachelor of Science (BS) graduates and a program for recent Master of Science (MS) graduates.

The S&E PAQ program offers qualified BS graduates a well-planned three-year development and training program, which includes one year of graduate studies relating to state-of-the-art technology. The first and third years of this unique training and development program involve work experience while the second year is dedicated to graduate studies. During this second year, the participant maintains full salary and all tuition, fees, and books are paid. Additionally, at the end of each year of the developmental period, candidates are promoted to the next pay grade. Finally, at the end of the program, candidates will be promoted to a journeyman-level engineering or science position, enabling them to work on projects and solve problems independently or as a part of a multidisciplinary team.

Qualified applicants with relevant MS degrees or BS degrees supplemented by one year of professional engineering or science experience may also be considered for a two-year on-the-job training program. Additionally, at the end of each year of the developmental period, candidates are promoted to the next pay grade. Finally, at the end of the program, candidates will be promoted to a journeyman-level engineering or science position, enabling them to work on projects and solve problems independently or as a part of a multidisciplinary team. 

We also offer eligible candidates a 25% sign-on bonus and repayment of student loans up to $20,000 for qualifying Federally insured loans.

There are a few different ways to apply for the S&E PAQ Program. 

  1. Apply through USAJOBS. For more information on applying through USAJOBS, please visit our "How to Apply" page.  
  2. Visit with one of our recruiters at national conferences and local college job events. The events that are attended by our recruiters are listed in our recruiting schedule. (hyperlink recruiting schedule

Scholarships are also offered through the Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program. Details can be found here.

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