The Financial Management Course (SCM-CF) is designed to provide personnel who are directly involved in or concerned with Security Cooperation (SC) pricing, funds management, performance/delivery reporting, and billing; a comprehensive understanding and application of the policies, methods, systems, and actions necessary for the effective financial management of SC cases.
The course encompasses a broad variety of topics, including the Arms Export Control Act and other statutory requirements; Department of Defense (DoD) implementing directives and manuals; SC pricing of materiel and services; flow and accounting of funds; the FMS trust fund; obligation and expenditure authority; payment schedules; performance reporting and reimbursement, including the delivery transaction / performance reports, FMS billing statement (DD Form 645), Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) feedback reports, the Defense Integrated Financial System (DIFS); and case reconciliation, and closure. The course is interspersed with studies of the organizations and functions concerned, including the military departments (MILDEPs) and the DFAS, and their interrelationship and involvement.
The SCM-CF course is not exclusively for financial managers. All U.S. government (USG) personnel involved in any aspect of SC case or financial management are eligible to attend. This includes SC personnel located within DoD agencies, any of the SC implementing agencies, Security Cooperation Organizations, or the Defense Accounting and Finance Service (DFAS). USG employees include U.S. civilians, U.S. military, Locally Employed Staff (LES's), and support contractor equivalents. U.S. government (USG) case management contractor support employees are eligible.
This course can be repeated every three years as a refresher and to obtain updates on new policies and procedures.
Requests for waivers
Requests for waivers of the above criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Director of Instruction (DISCS /DI).
Graduation from one of the following DISCS courses is required to register for SCM-CF:
- Security Cooperation Management CONUS course (SCM-C)
- Security Cooperation Management Overseas course (SCM-O)
- For Locally Employed Staff (LES) personnel, the Security Cooperation Management Locally Employed Staff course (SCM-LO) or the Security Cooperation Management
International Purchaser Orientation course (SCM-IO).
This prerequisite requirement may be met through constructive credit for SCM-C or SCM-O. It is not recommended that personnel attend SCM-CF until at least six months after graduation from a previous DISCS course.
An overseas student must have at least one year remaining in his/her SC assignment to be eligible for DISCS training. Exceptions to this one-year minimum retention standard require the approval of the DISCS Commandant who, in turn, will coordinate such approval with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
English Comprehension Level
Not applicable to this course.
Continuous Learning Points
Graduates of this course may use the hours associated as Continuous Learning Points (CLPs, CEPs, etc.) for various professional development programs.
- 30 Defense Acquisition Workforce Continuous Learning Points
- 25.5 Financial Management Workforce Continuous Education and Training requirements
Detailed information can be found at Continuous Learning Points.
College Credit Information
Not applicable to this course.
International Affairs Certification Program (IACP)
The Department of Defense International Affairs, Certification Program Guidelines (dated 28 April 2008), set forth standardized certification
guidelines for the International Affairs Certification Program (IACP). Workforce members are required to meet the mandatory standards of education, training,
and experience in order to achieve each of three levels of certification. Certification is not required for filling IA positions, but it does readily identify
those individuals who have completed specific training, education, and experience thresholds. Certification is available to military and
civilian personnel. Click here for more information.
This is a LEVEL II course for IA certification purposes.
Security Cooperation Workforce Development (SCWD) Database
Requests for DISCS courses will be compared with individual training requirements prescribed by organizations within the Security Cooperation Workforce Development (SCWD) Database. Military
service quota managers and supervisors endorsing training requests should validate individual training requests from the SCWD Database prior to submitting a student nomination
for training. Requests for training above the required level for the prospective student’s position will be allocated on a “space available” basis. DISCS may also “bump” requests
for “desired” training to accommodate “required” training as designated within the SCWD Database. For further information on the SCWD Database please contact your
military service/agency POC, your organizational quota manager or the Registrar.
SCWD Database levels of training are:
- Level One - Security Cooperation Familiarization (online training)
- Level Two - Security Cooperation Orientation Course (primarily online training)
- Level Three - Security Cooperation Management courses (resident and non-resident)
- Level Four - Security Cooperation advanced courses (resident)
SCM-CF is a Level FOUR Course.
Classes and Hours
SCM-CF classes are held 0800 through 1530 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The Thursday class hours are 0800-1630. The Friday class hours are 0800-1415. There is a one hour lunch period scheduled for each day. The course will be completed by 1415 on Friday. Due to increased airport security, commercial airline departures are not recommended to be scheduled until after 1700 on the final (Friday) class day. Early departures from the DISCS class are not authorized except in a bona fide emergency after approval from the student’s supervisor.
Cyber Awareness Training Verification Requirements
To complete this course, all students must access the Internet, and specialized course materials available only on the DISCS intranet, using assigned classroom computers. Because the DISCS intranet resides on the Air Force Network (AFNET), DISCS is only authorized to create computer accounts for students who have completed annual DoD Cyber Awareness training within 12 months of the course’s end date. Additionally, all computer security training must be documented in the Air Force’s Active Directory.
Students not affiliated with the U.S. Air Force should be prepared to upload an electronic copy of their DoD Cyber Awareness training completion certificate during registration. Acceptable formats are Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), and Microsoft XPS Document (.xps). This will enable DISCS network technicians to update their training status in Active Directory after manually reviewing the submitted training certificate.
DISCS Funding and Ground Transportation
Except for students in PCS status, DISCS pays all CONUS travel expenses (or from point of entry into CONUS to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH for overseas attendees); other OCONUS travel expenses are covered by exception only and should be coordinated and approved in advance by the CCMD and DISCS . For students that are PCSing, DISCS will only fund Per Diem while attending a DISCS course (PCS orders must pay all travel). DISCS does not pay for the use of rental cars while in residence at courses; however, there is a shuttle van service from the student's quarters to area eating establishments. The shuttle van service is free of charge for all DISCS students.
Uniform and Dress Requirements
For U.S. military personnel, any duty uniform prescribed by their service is appropriate. For USG civilians and USG contractors, appropriate business casual office attire is appropriate.
Food and Drink
There are limited options for meals around the VOQ or around DISCS. However, VOQ rooms have microwave ovens, refrigerators, and other amenities, so students will have some capability to cook in their rooms.
Many DISCS students find it most convenient to bring lunch to DISCS during the school week. DISCS’s student lounge has a galley with a refrigerator, a freezer, several coffee stations with hot water dispensers, and several microwave ovens.
Students may want to bring cooking and eating utensils from home, though most find it more convenient to buy disposable utensils after they arrive.
DISCS enforces a "covered mug" policy, that is, we do not allow open-top beverage cups anywhere in DISCS spaces, especially classrooms.
Additional information for students attending classes at WPAFB can be found in the Student Information Guide.