It's the job of the Air Force Financial Management and Comptroller specialist (6F0X1) to manage accounting systems and records. This role is tasked with processing payments for dispersal, determining the amount of available funds, performing financial audits and various other financial duties.
The comptroller makes sure that funds are used responsibly and managed properly and efficiently. These financial services and resources support the Air Force's war-fighting mission.
Financial Management & Comptroller Duties & Responsibilities
The individual filling the financial management and comptroller role engages in a wide variety of financial duties and responsibilities in any given day, such as the following:
- Provides customer service for military and civilian personnel
- Interacts and coordinates with organizations on financial matters
- Interprets and supplements financial directives
- Prepares, verifies, computes and processes, and audits pay transactions for military and civilian personnel
- Processes, verifies, audits travel claims, estimates travel costs, determines fund availability, and performs follow-up on outstanding travel orders for travelers
- Processes financial transactions
- Performs follow-up on commitments, outstanding obligations, and certified vouchers. Prepares accountability records and reports
- Determines propriety of funding and certifies fund availability
- Records, reconciles, and verifies entries into automated systems based on accounting documents
- Certifies and processes payment and collection vouchers
- Maintains appropriated funds, accounting records, and files
- Schedules, prepares, verifies, and submits financial accounting reports
- Provides customer service and accounting liaison for various installation-level organizations, vendors, and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service
- Reconciles funding authorities with accounting records
- Schedules, prepares, verifies, and submits financial accounting reports
- Analyzes accounting reports and financial data to identify trends for evaluating effectiveness and efficiency of Air Force activities
- Develops and compiles factors for improved planning, programming, and budgeting
- Prepares budgets and financial plans, and execution reports
- Analyzes financial execution. Identifies and explains variances
- Provides budget call instructions to organizations
- Prepares narrative justification to support financial requirements
- Reviews financial data for accuracy and resolves discrepancies
- Receives, reconciles, and distributes funding authorities
- Examines funding and reprogramming actions to determine financial implications. Reviews reimbursement program status
- Performs audits and reviews as required by directives. Administers the Air Force Management Control Program
Financial Management & Comptroller Salary
An Air Force financial management & comptroller's salary varies based on the level of experience, education, certifications, and other factors.
Source: Payscale.com, 2019
Education, Training & Certification
- Education: For entry into this specialty, the minimum requirement is a GED with 15 college credits, a GED, or a high school diploma. Completed coursework in mathematics, accounting, business law, ethics, and computer applications is desirable.
- Training: The following training is mandatory as indicated:
- For an award of Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 6F031, completion of the basic financial management and comptroller apprentice course.
- For an award of AFSC 6F071, completion of the financial management and comptroller craftsman course.
- Experience: The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
- 6F051. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 6F031. Experience in financial management such as customer service, document and voucher processing, computation, systems, funds control, reporting, reconciliation, and follow-up.
- 6F071. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 6F051. Experience in performing or supervising activities of financial management such as customer service, financial analysis document and voucher processing, computation, systems, funds control, reporting, reconciliation, and follow-up.
- 6F091. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 6F071. Experience managing or directing financial management activities.
- Other: The following are mandatory for entry, award, and retention of this AFSC:
- No record of conviction by a civilian court for offenses involving larceny, robbery, wrongful appropriation, burglary, or fraud.
- Never received nonjudicial punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justices(UCMJ) or been convicted by military courts-martial for offenses involving acts of larceny, wrongful appropriation, robbery, burglary, or fraud, as delineated in UCMJ Articles121, 122, 129, and 132.
- Note: This job requires a Sensitive Job Code- (SJC) of "F."
- Strength Req: G
- Physical Profile: 333333
- Citizenship: No
- Required Aptitude Score : G-57
- Technical Training:
- Course #: JJ3ABR6F031 005
- Length (Days): 63
- Location: K
Financial Management & Comptroller Skills & Competencies
Individuals who want to excel in this position can benefit from having the following skills and competencies:
- Knowledge: It's helpful to have previous experience or knowledge of fiscal law, accounting and payment principles/procedures, contingency operations, financial management systems and basic computer applications, pay and travel entitlements, Air Force organization, reporting requirements, analysis techniques, financial management policies, procedures and regulations, management principles and controls, budgeting principles, visual, oral, and written presentation techniques, and Air Force missions.
- Communication skills: Individuals need to have good communication skills to explain policies and procedures to colleagues and other users of financial information.
- Math skills: The job duties include many types of numerical calculations and updating financial records.
- Organizational skills: Strong organizational skills are necessary and important because of the amount of detailed information involved in this job. Individuals must be able to locate data and reports quickly and efficiently.
Once your military service is complete, you'll find that many civilian companies have a need for your accounting and financial skills and experience in records keeping, auditing, payroll, and other facets of the financial management function.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, civilian jobs in the financial management sector are projected to grow by 19% from 2016 to 2026, driven by strong economic growth.
This field is experiencing faster job growth than the average of 7% growth for jobs in all occupations.
On a daily basis, the financial manager and comptroller performs, supervises, manages and directs financial management activities both at home station and deployed locations.
This position typically has a full-time work schedule.
How to Get the Job
Complete Basic Military Training and Technical Training, then complete additional requirements as outlined for the 6F0X1 role.
Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test and achieve an ASVAB Score of 57 or higher for the General Technical (GT) section.
MEET ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Make sure that you can meet any additional requirements, such as a background investigation, secret security clearance, and physical strength requirements
Comparing Similar Jobs
Air Force personnel with a background as a financial manager & comptroller may consider the following post-military, civilian career paths, listed with their median annual salaries:
- Bookkeeping, auditing, accounting clerk: $40,240
- Bill & account collector: $36,020
- Medical records & health information technician: $40,350