Elevating AFTC's Talent Strategy: Introducing the Total Civilian Compensation Trifold

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  • By AFTC Personnel Programs Division
  • Air Force Test Center

In the dynamic realm of the Air Force Test Center, where innovation thrives and excellence is a daily pursuit, a new resource is available to aid in the AFTC’s efforts to attract and retain its civilian workforce enterprise wide. AFTC Personnel Programs created the AFTC Total Civilian Compensation—Beyond Your Salary trifold, designed to support our marketing talent strategy across the Air Force Test Center.

This trifold isn't just another piece of paperwork; it's a roadmap to attracting, retaining, and nurturing the best civilian talent available. Filled with interactive hyperlinks and comprehensive information, it's designed to be a comprehensive resource for both prospective employees and current workforce.

The true power of this trifold lies in its implementation. Hiring managers are encouraged to study diligently. Armed with its insights, they are encouraged to pitch the array of civilian benefits to both prospective applicants and existing employees.

"Attracting and retaining top talent is paramount to our success and growth as an organization," said AFTC Director of Personnel, Ms. Sharon Johnson. Building effective and high-performing teams requires more than just a competitive salary; it demands a holistic approach to compensation and benefits.

Air Force Test Center Personnel Programs recommends leveraging key messages and facts about how AFTC Civilian Benefits compare with those of the private sector to better pitch employment opportunities to candidates and remind existing employees of their current and exciting perks:

  1. Retirement Benefits: AFTC civilians typically enjoy robust retirement benefits, including access to the Federal Employees Retirement System. This system provides defined benefit pensions, offering a reliable income stream during retirement. Additionally, employees have the opportunity to contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan, a government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan, with employer matching contributions. In contrast, many private sector companies have shifted towards defined contribution plans like 401(k)s and many do not offer matching, which may not offer the same level of security.


  1. Health & Wellness: DoD civilians have access to comprehensive healthcare coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits program and flexible spending account options. This program offers a variety of plans with varying levels of coverage and costs, providing flexibility for employees to choose what suits them best. While some large private sector companies offer competitive healthcare benefits, smaller companies may struggle to provide comparable coverage.


  1. Work/Life Balance: AFTC offers flexibility to enhance work-life balance and accommodate employees' personal needs through flexible work arrangements, comprehensive leave policies, TSA Pre-Check, and our Employee Assistance Program. This holistic section of our benefits prioritizes employee well-being, and while some private sector companies offer similar arrangements, they may not be as widely available or established.


  1. Base Amenities & Activities: DoD civilian employees often receive additional benefits beyond their salary, such access to on-base amenities. This includes fitness centers, childcare facilities, swimming pools, golf courses, lodging, base exchanges, and much more!


  1. Job Stability: Government employment, including positions within AFTC, often provides greater job stability compared to the private sector. Civil service positions typically offer strong protections against layoffs and downsizing, providing employees with career security. Private sector employment, on the other hand, can be more susceptible to market fluctuations and restructuring.

While private sector employment may offer certain advantages like potentially higher salaries or stock options, AFTC civilian benefits provide a comprehensive package designed to support employees throughout their careers and into retirement. These benefits, coupled with the sense of mission and service inherent in government work, make DoD civilian positions an attractive option for many professionals.

Armed with these insights, hiring managers can confidently showcase the myriad benefits of working at AFTC. Whether it's attracting top-tier talent or nurturing existing staff, the AFTC’s Total Civilian Compensation trifold equips them with the tools they need to succeed.

So, let's not just admire the trifold from afar; let's leverage its insights to propel AFTC's talent strategy to new heights. Together, we can ensure that AFTC remains a beacon of excellence in the ever-evolving landscape of civilian employment.