Air Force

July 18, 2013

Ten special duties become developmental opportunities

Debbie Gildea
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Selection for 10 special duty fields is now a nominative rather than volunteer-based process, Air Force officials announced today.

In the past, any qualified Airman who met eligibility criteria defined in the special duty catalog could apply for a special duty opportunity. However, as resources become scarcer, Air Force leaders feel it is increasingly important to deliberately place the most qualified Airmen in several key roles which have an impact on Airmen across the service.

The Air Force formed a cross-functional working group to examine all special duty programs and selection criteria. The group determined that for certain special duties, a more deliberate eligibility and selection process could help maintain manning levels in those positions as well as open a leadership development path for promising enlisted members, said Chief Master Sgt. Steve Nichols, the Air Force enlisted force policy branch chief. The selected special duties are those that create, develop and care for Airmen. In addition some of these selected special duties represent the Air Force enlisted corps on a national stage.

“The identified positions are inherently stressful and demanding, and our volunteers have done an exceptional job over the years – I am confident the vast majority would be nominated under the new process,” Nichols said. “This change allows us to ensure that we are systematically preparing the best of the best to assume their place as tomorrow’s leaders.”

Selected because of their unique leadership roles and the responsibility to mentor and mold young Airmen, the following duties are now developmental opportunities: career assistance advisor, military training instructor, military training leader, U.S. Air Force Academy military training NCO, Airman and Family Readiness Center NCO, first sergeant, USAF Honor Guard NCO, enlisted accessions recruiter and professional military education instructor. In addition, Air Force specialty training instructors identified with a “T” prefix will be developmental special duties.

“The special duties identified are leadership positions with broad impact on Airmen, families and the future of the Air Force,” Nichols said. “Nominees must be capable of and committed to developing and caring for the Airmen in their charge.”

Commanders will nominate their best performers for developmental special duty positions, and personnel teams will work with career field leaders to ensure the right people in the right numbers are selected, Nichols said.

Major commands are tasked with specific numbers for each special duty, so no one command or career field will be overtaxed, he added.

“Nomination for a developmental duty assignment is the commander’s vote of confidence in an Airman – a statement of belief in an Airman’s character, skill and integrity,” Nichols said.

Not all special duty assignments have been designated as developmental, Nichols said. Airmen interested in broadening opportunities can still go to the Equal Plus website and browse, or review the special duty catalog on the myPers website.

For more information about career development opportunities and other personnel issues, go to myPers at https://mypers.af.mil.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
IronMan_pict

Special Operations develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces...
 
 

Financial responsibility — vital to readiness

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In the “Band of Brothers” miniseries, there is a line in the movie where the soldiers are told to make sure they sign up for life insurance to ensure their next-of-kin gets $10,000 upon the soldier’s death. While none of us are about to make a combat jump in 1944 to...
 
 

Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter...
 

 

Adapt, overcome, succeed

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Change is inevitable, especially in today’s Air Force. If you’ve been serving for more than a few years, it’s likely you’ve experienced everything from new physical fitness requirements to the implementation of force management programs. Enlisted performance reports and feedback forms have been altered and changes to the promotion system are...
 
 

Living in the New Normal

The Military Child Education Coalition, or MCEC, will be hosting Living in the New Normal Institute, Feb. 4-5. LINN-I is a free two-day institute outlining specific community resources, deployment information and practical strategies for encouraging resilience in all children. Some learning outcomes to expect from the training are differentiating affective aspects of children dealing with...
 
 
Training_pict4

Air Force, Army conduct joint service training

U.S. Air Force and Arizona Army National Guard units conducted joint training at a southern Arizona military training range Jan. 20. A-10C Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron, based out of D-M, and a UH-60A Black Ha...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin