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A Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) is an agency of the United States Air Force that is outside the bounds of the standard organizational hierarchy by being exclusively and uniquely under the control of Air Force headquarters alone, rather than reporting through a Major Command. The term "Direct Reporting Unit" comes from the fact that the unit reports directly to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force or to a designated representative on the Air Staff.

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A DRU has a specialized and restricted mission, meaning that it is a single purpose unit, usually to the exclusion of other duties, reporting to Air Force Air Staff alone. It is separate and independent from any organization structure or supervision: major command, numbered air force, operational command, division, wing, group, squadron, or field operating agency. It is a DRU because the unit's specific and focused duties, legal issues that necessitate the unit's independence, or other factors such as national security concerns.

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The Air Force has a very limited number of Direct Reporting Units:

DRU Location
Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia
Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) Kirtland Air Force Base New Mexico
United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

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