Future 5

Honoring the Best and Brightest Young Professionals in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

About the Program

Each year, the AOC Education Foundation (AEF) recognizes five young professionals as the Future 5, showcasing those who actively innovate and strive for excellence as they build their careers in the EMS/EW/IO industry.

Please join us in celebrating the 2023 Future 5!


Application Information

2023 Applications for the Future 5 Program are now closed.

Future 5 will elevate your professional image by being recognized as the next generation of leaders and five of the brightest and most talented young professionals in the EMSO community. Have the opportunity to connect with peers and expand your global network.

  • Eligibility
    • Applicants must be 29 or younger
    • Applicants must be employed full-time in the EMS/EW/IO industry
  • Candidates will be selected based on the following:
    • Overall written application quality
    • Demonstration of leadership
    • Career
    • References
    • Video quality

Program winners will be announced later this summer.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Meron Bekele, AOC Membership Coordinator, at 

Awardee Benefits

Award Winner Recognition

  • Award winners will receive an award and certificate
  • Award winners will be recognized on stage at the AOC International Symposium & Convention
  • Award winners will be featured in the JED
  • AOC will provide a press release about the award winners
  • Award winners will be recognized on AOC's website
  • A letter signed by AOC's President will be presented to the award winners' company or organization

Awarded AOC Benefits

  • Complimentary AOC membership for one year
  • Complimentary registration to the AOC International Symposium & Convention with discounted registration fees for the two years following the award. Travel and hotel costs are not included
  • Complimentary registration to one of AOC’s professional development courses
  • Complimentary access to AOC Mentorship Program

The AOC Future 5 Legacy | Previous Years' Inductees

Browse our list of previous years' inductees and learn about the outstanding achievements and impactful work of these exceptional individuals.