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Air Force Dream Sheet: How to Update
Active duty service members have wanted to influence where they get stationed since the beginning of the modern United States Military. In the United States Air Force, we have a “dream sheet” or a list of preferred military bases that is taken into consideration when the Air Force Personnel Center gives out assignments.
It is important to make sure that you keep your dream sheet up to date, and to refresh it at the right time if you want to maximize your chances of getting an assignment. Whether you hate your first assignment, you just wouldn’t mind a change of scenery, or just want to have a say in your next assignment, this guide will tell you step for step, how to update your dream sheet in the Air Force.
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Air Force Portal
The first step to updating your dream sheet is to log on to the Air Force Portal . This will be the home page where you navigate your way around most things in the Air Force.
To navigate where we need to go, we need to hover over the Career and Training tab. Under the selections that we are given, we will click on AFPC secure.
AFPC is used to navigate everything administrative wise that relates to assignments, records, and promotions. For the purpose of updating our dream sheet we will need to open two links through the main menu. The AMS link and the vMPF link. I recommend right clicking to “open in a new tab.”
Assignment Management System
The AMS link will bring you to the Assignment Management System. We use this website to see which bases we can go to with our assigned career fields or AFSC. You want to know this information because there would be no point in putting a location on your dream sheet if you cannot even go there because of your AFSC.
The reason not every AFSC can go to every Air Force base is because there are different weapons systems and aircraft at every base.
To find out which bases you can go to hover over the Enlisted Assignments tab, and click Enlisted Authorized.
In the next page, find your AFSC in the drop down tab. If you have a “shred” make sure you include the last letter of your AFSC.
Now, select your Skill Level. If you are a new airman at your first base, you’ll be a 3 level. After that, click the Get Authorizations button.
A list should populate telling you where you are authorized an assignment at. You’ll use these to update your dream sheet.
Virtual Military Personnel Flight
Now that we know the locations we can actually go to, we’ll go to the vMPF website through the AFPC site we used earlier. The vMPF website is used to keep all of your military records consolidated in one place.
Once you get logged on click the Self-Service actions button.
Under the Self-Service Actions menu, click the Assignments link.
Now, we’ll be in an Assignment Applications menu. Click on the Assignment Preference (EAP) link.
After clicking this link, you’ll be brought to a page with an introduction to assignment preferences. Click on View/Change Assignment Preferences.
Now, you are finally in the menu where you can update your dream sheet! There’s two boxes where you can make selections. The top box is for CONUS bases, and the bottom box is for OCONUS bases.
Scroll through the list on the left, click the base you like, and select the right arrow between the two boxes to move it over to your assignment preferences box. You can adjust the priority of them by clicking your selection, and clicking the up or down arrows on the right.
The OCONUS assignments are all overseas locations. You’ll notice some verbiage you may be unfamiliar with such as short tour, long tour, and extended long tour.
Short tour is any location in which an accompanied tour is not authorized or a location in which unaccompanied tour length is less than 18 months and the accompanied tour length is 24 months. This is hard on military families.
If you put a short tour on your dream sheet, it’ll jump ahead of your OCONUS priority. It doesn’t matter if you have it in the last position or the first, if there’s an opening and you’re qualified to go, you’ll be selected.
Long tour is any location in which both accompanied and unaccompanied tour is authorized. If you want your dependents to come, make sure they are documented in DEERs and they are on your orders when you get them.
Long tours are 18 months or more. There’s the option for standard tours and extended tours. Standard tours means you just complete the standard amount of time that the assignment is normally given.
Extended means add a year to your assignment. For example, when I was given an assignment to Japan, I was on an extended long tour, which since I was married meant 3 years plus 1 year. I did not understand this upon accepting the assignment.
The benefit of extended tours is that you should receive assignment consideration ahead of those who only volunteer for a standard tour. That means you’ll be more likely to get selected for an assignment if you want to go overseas. The main difference is that you have a higher priority, but you’ll be locked in for an extra year.
After you make your selections and you’re happy with your prioritization, select the submit button at the bottom.
Make sure you go to the next screen and verify that you have a success notification.
If you have the success notification then congratulations! You have successfully updated your dream sheet.
Tips for Updating Your Dream Sheet
You are responsible for keeping your dream sheet current. Make sure that you date your assignment preferences whenever you need to to include getting married or completing a PCS.
You will not be released from an assignment because your preferences are out of date or you have made no preference selections. It takes very special circumstances for an assignment to be canceled.
In the AMS website there are some listings to make note of. There’s the Overseas listing and the Overseas Returnee/CONUS Mandatory Mover listing. These general cycles get updated regularly throughout the year, and if you update your dream sheet based on these listings, you will increase your odds of getting an assignment.
The available slots are normally most abundant during the spring cycle because it is peak PCS season.
The Overseas listing in AMS advertises available slots at overseas USAF bases. There is a somewhat short period of this window that you should review the available assignments overseas and refresh your dream sheet if you want one of the positions.
The best bet is to refresh it one time at the beginning on the window and don’t touch it anymore because if you continually refresh it every day your name goes to the bottom of the pile.
If you really want an overseas assignment , make sure you put extended long tours and short tours on your dream sheet. This will increase your odds of going overseas.
Don’t leave your dream sheet completely blank just because you do not want to receive an assignment. At a minimum, make your dream sheet in order of preference for CONUS locations. If you do not want to go overseas, then don’t put overseas assignments on your dream sheet.
The entire process of updating your dream sheet is a little out of date, and the websites are old and terrible. Be patient with the systems and knock it out.
Basic Training Dream Sheet
In Basic Military Training , you should have the opportunity to create a dream sheet for selection first duty assignment. This will happen when you are granted an AFSC. If you know what your Air Force Specialty Code is going into basic, then I highly recommend having your recruiter look up the bases that you can go to before you ship out to BMT.
If they do not know how, reference the Assignment Management System section of this article. Create your own “dream sheet” by looking at the bases that you can go to with your assigned career field and have an idea of your preferred location before you go to basic.
When you create your dream sheet in basic training, that’ll be used to generate you an assignment while your in tech school. From the training pipeline, you’ll go to your first permanent duty station
If you do not know your specific AFSC going into basic training. At a minimum, brush up on your high school geography before you ship out. For example, if you want to stay on the west coast, brush up on all of the west coast bases in the Air Force so you can recognize them in BMT.
Military life is hard, and not knowing where you’ll be in a year or two is tough. Updating your dream sheet to reflect your assignment preferences is the best way to have a little clarity in a murky general assignment process.
The bottom line is that the needs of the Air Force comes first. But, the good news is that your preferences are taken into consideration so make sure that your Dream Sheet is up to date.
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Assignment management software and compliance in global mobility
It’s the old story: the business wants someone to go on assignment as soon as possible, and the global mobility team find themselves, once again, educating them that things aren’t as simple as buying a flight and sending the person on their way. We all know the technicalities that need to be dealt with before assignments can go ahead, as well as how critical (and time-consuming) it is to get the compliance piece right. Assignment management software (AMS) can be a key enabler for global mobility teams to rise to the challenges posed by the ever-increasing compliance demands.
Where are your assignees? It’s an obvious question and yet one that even now not all companies can answer – and something many found out the hard way at the outset of the pandemic in spring 2020. AMS also allows companies to keep on top of the demographics of their assignment population, enabling you not only to know where your assignees are, but also (crucially for DE&I purposes ) who they are.
Fundamentally, it is only once you know who and where your assignees are and what information you have on them (and perhaps more importantly, what information you don’t) that you can start considering how you measure up with regards to compliance. From enabling reminders based on key dates (visas/work permits/social security agreements that need renewing) to generating alerts when certain conditions are met, there is a lot that solid tracking can help promote.
Many companies will have informal processes and practices already in place to try and ensure consistency of policy application, but often such processes are not (or cannot be) enforced across the organisation. AMS allows companies to formalise these processes and bring rigour and added efficiency to how the global mobility function works, regardless of where the user is based. From a compliance perspective, relying on structured workflow means that process steps relying on prompt action and target dates being met, like immigration practices, are complied with in a timely fashion.
Workflow design can also bake data privacy into everyday work processes by securing personal data, restricting who has access to it, safeguarding how it is shared, and ensuring users follow the agreed process when dealing with it. Workflow can also involve exception management , allowing mobility teams to identify potential non-compliance issues before they escalate into real trouble.
Harnessing the power of technology has relieved GM teams from scrambling to compile their reports from multiple spreadsheets, and instead relying on professional reporting tools. Indeed, with greater pressure to make data count , the general trend with AMS has shifted from simply reporting on the raw data to using more sophisticated analytics, allowing greater slicing across demographics, policies, costs, time periods etc, and making it easier to report on your KPIs.
Of course, while easier access to data and analytics can be viewed as a positive from a business perspective, it also needs to be considered in the context of data privacy. This means reviewing who has access (and to what information) and the mediums used for communicating the data. Good data analytics design also ensures that personal data is not unnecessarily exposed.
Greater adoption of technology across various aspects of global mobility has led to a proliferation of systems for various functions that can be hosted either in-house or by external providers. A wide network of APIs between different systems tends to make life easier for everyone. In addition to gaining efficiencies from eliminating duplicated effort and reducing user errors, there are compliance benefits as well.
From a data privacy perspective, interfaces offer a more secure medium for data transfer than e-mail. They can eliminate unnecessary access to data being transferred, or indeed any access when it is not required. Interfaces can also be used to improve communication with both internal and external stakeholders, and they can work in conjunction with workflow to improve and streamline key compliance processes; for example, around immigration applications or tax filings.
Another benefit of AMS is how it can involve assignees in the process and allow greater transparency of their assignment. Intuitive assignee portals empower assignees to update their own information; view, share and download assignment documents; get information on company policies and the global mobility function; and make assignment-related requests to the business. Companies can also make other content available to assignees, such as country guides and briefs on immigration, tax and labour law in the host country, with a view to improving awareness of the compliance requirements. Not only do assignee portals improve the overall employee and assignee experience , they also ensure that sensitive information is shared in a secure environment.
Tax is a significant component of the cost of an assignment, and yet some companies are still happy to use rough estimates when it comes to predicting potential tax liabilities. Assignment management software gives users the ability to calculate more accurate hypothetical taxes and tailor them to an assignee’s personal circumstances. AMS can also be used to initiate, communicate, and manage the logistics of tax reconciliations and filings with your external tax services providers to ensure timely actions in line with the relevant legislation.
There is no doubt that stricter compliance requirements will continue being a headache for global mobility professionals. However, with sufficient planning and greater use of technology, they need not be feared. Indeed, it could be argued that, if handled correctly, these challenges could prove to be the impetus for companies to embrace new and better ways of working – as well as showcasing the importance of the GM function within organisations.
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COA Program - New AMS Login Procedures
The login procedures to GFOA’s Awards Management System (AMS) have been modified slightly to accommodate Award Programs other than the Certificate of Achievement (COA) Program. The one difference is that where previously the username had been the government’s GFOA member ID, the username will now be the government’s GFOA member ID followed by a “dash one”. For example, if the username had been 30012345, it would now be 30012345-1. With the addition of the PAFR program to the AMS, the login procedures have been modified to accommodate up to two user accounts associated with each government.
Logging in to submit an application or request an extension for submitting an application to the COA Program:
- Go to lf.gfoa.org/Forms .
- Enter username.
- Enter password.
Logging in to retrieve result documents:
- Go to lf.gfoa.org/laserfiche .
- Go to either lf.gfoa.org/Forms or lf.gfoa.org/laserfiche .
- Click “Forgot password?” link.
- Click “Send Recovery Email”.
An email with a link to reset the password will be sent to the primary contact for the account.
Managing Your Government’s AMS Login
The User Management Form in the AMS is used to manage the primary contacts for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (COA) and Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) programs. To access the form:
- Login to your government’s account ( lf.gfoa.org/Forms ).
- Click “Start Process” in the blue band at the top of the page.
- Click the green “Start” button to the right of “User Management Form.”
This should open a form like the one below:
Each government has placeholders for two users. Each user is identified by a username, which consists of the government’s GFOA member number followed by a dash and either a 1 or a 2.
An active user will be assigned one or two groups: either COA or PAFR, or both. When a person is assigned to a group, that person becomes GFOA’s primary contact for the awards program that group represents. The primary contact is the person who can login to the AMS, request extensions and submit applications, and who will receive emails relevant to any applications that have been submitted (such as an email indicating a review has been completed that provides a link for retrieving the result documents).
It’s important to note that there can be only one primary contact for each user account, and that a program can only be assigned to one user. In the above example, since the COA program is already assigned to User 1, it could not simultaneously be assigned to User 2.
In the above example, the City participates in GFOA’s Certificate Program. Rory Test is the primary contact for the City. His username to login to the account is 300265610-1.
In the example below, a second user has been added to be the primary contact for the PAFR program:
Here, Rory will be able to login using the username of 300265610-1 (and whatever password he has selected), and Estelle will be able to login using the username of 300265610-2 (and a unique password that she selects). Rory would be able to submit to the Certificate Program, but not to the PAFR Program; Estelle would be able to submit to the PAFR Program, but not to the Certificate Program.
Both groups could be assigned to the same primary contact, in which case the same person would be able to submit to both programs.
Update the Primary Contact for a government’s User Account
Follow the steps below to change or update the primary contact of a government’s user account:
This should open a form like the one below. In this example, we’ll update the primary contact for the COA program from Rory Test to Estelle Test.
4. Click the “Edit” button to the right of Rory’s name. The following form should open:
5. Manually update the email address, first name, and last name to the person who will replace Rory as the primary contact:
6. Click the green “Save changes” button. You should arrive at the following screen:
7. Click “Save Changes” again.
An email will be sent to both Rory and Estelle letting them know that the primary contact for this account has been changed, and Estelle will receive a second email that allows her to login to the account and create a new password.
Adding the PAFR Program to the AMS
Almost all governments in the United States who have previously submitted to the PAFR program will have an Awards Management System (AMS) account with GFOA, as U.S. governments would have established AMS accounts to submit to the Certificate Program (a prerequisite to receive the PAFR Award). Those U.S. governments who have not submitted to the COA or PAFR programs in the past couple of years, or who are submitting to both programs for the first time, as well as Canadian governments may need to register to create an AMS account if one does not currently exist for the government. To register for the first, time follow the instructions on this link .
Adding the PAFR Program for governments who have already established an AMS account:
A government has two options. The PAFR Program could be assigned to User 1 (Rory), who is currently the primary contact for the COA Program, or the PAFR Program could be assigned to User 2, in which case a primary contact would need to be established.
Option 1—Assigning PAFR to User 1
1. Click the “Edit” button to the right of User 1’s (Rory’s) name.
2. Click the drop-down arrow in the field to the left of the green “Add” button.
3. Select “PAFR” from the drop-down menu.
4. Click the green “Add” button. A yellow “PAFR” button will now appear next to the “COA” button.
5. Click the green “Save changes” button on the bottom of the screen.
An email will be sent to Rory alerting him that a new program has been assigned to him.
Option 2—Assigning PAFR to User 2
1. After logging in to your account and opening the User Management Form, click the “Edit” button to the right of User 2:
2. The following form should pop up:
3. Add the email address, first name, and last name of the person who should be the primary contact for the PAFR program.
4. Click the drop-down arrow in the field next to the label “Groups”.
5. Select “PAFR”.
6. Click the green “Add” button. A yellow “PAFR” button should appear next to the label “Groups”:
7. Click the green “Save changes” button at the bottom of the screen. The following screen should appear:
8. Click “Save changes” again.
Emails will be sent to both Rory and Estelle indicating the program assignment changes for the government, and Estelle will receive a second email that will allow her to login with her username (300265610-2) and create a unique password.
AMS homepage overview: Your AMS homepage is the starting point for using AMS and your applications. Simply click on the link that represents the application you want to access and AMS will take you there.
Some of your application links are displayed with a padlock icon, which indicates that you can only access them with your HSPD-12 access card. Unless you logged into AMS with your card, you will be prompted to insert it and/or enter your PIN.
More about application links: Getting to and logging into many of the applications used at HHS have become easier by making them accessible through AMS. When a link for a particular application is listed on your AMS homepage, you are an authorized user and only one click away from launching it.
While links for some applications are automatically provided, other applications require that you complete a one-time linking process. For more information and step-by-step instructions on how to customize the AMS homepage with the link/delink utility, visit the how-to page to view the "How to Link or Delink an Application With Your AMS Homepage" job aid.
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