Commentary

August 24, 2012

Are your Airmen ready for HYT changes?

Dr. Todd Fore
Executive Director, Air Force Personnel Center

Most Airmen affected by high year of tenure changes announced in December will have one more opportunity to test for promotion before changes take effect in September 2013. If they don’t make it, they’ll be separated from the Air Force.

Are your Airmen ready? As commanders, first sergeants, supervisors, leaders and mentors, we all play a role in our fellow Airmen’s success.

Promotion testing is very strict – no group study or study support is allowed – so maybe you don’t think you can do anything to help your people prepare. But, the fact is we have responsibilities, and with only one more shot at promotion, your Airmen need you now more than ever.

Educate and communicate. Those are your responsibilities.

Promotion tests are hard. They require serious, long-term study. To do well, Airmen must develop and stick with a study routine. Do your Airmen understand that? If they’re approaching HYT, they may not, and they may not know where to start. You must educate them on how to develop, implement and follow through on their study plan.

Have you spoken personally with your Airmen about this issue? Do you know why they haven’t been selected for promotion? Do you know if personal or professional barriers are inhibiting them? If the answer is no, you are failing to communicate. Sure, it’s a two-way street, but as a leader, your job is to grow and develop Airmen. You can’t do that if you don’t communicate with them.

We cannot afford to lose valuable Airmen because they didn’t know how to prepare or were unable to overcome barriers on their own. You can’t study for (or with) your Airmen and you can’t take the promotion test for them, but you can help them learn the formula for success if you take the time to communicate with them. Will you pass the leader/mentor test?

For HYT details, go to the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil, select the “search all components” option and enter “Enlisted High Year Tenure” in the search window.




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


 
 

 
afmc-cc-message

Be proud of your role this Independence Day

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, starting the colonies on the path to freedom. The next day, John Adams wrote to his wife, describing the time as “the most memorable epoc...
 
 
tw-cc-message

Happy Fourth of July!

Team, This Independence Day weekend, we celebrate the day our great nation declared independence for the original 13 colonies and thus the birth of the United States of America. The Declaration of Independence is the nationR...
 
 
voices6

Man On The Street

Patrick Nance, 412th Medical Group, Paramedic “With the conditions of the severe drought, we have to be aware that every drop counts. Personally, I try to be more aware of my water usage, and for example, not let the water ru...
 

 

Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character — an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Our nation has many reasons to celebrate this 4th of July, and one of those reasons is the importance of religion in our foundation as a country but also in the success of our future.  George Washing stated it this way,...
 
 

Leaders: the good, bad, and forgotten

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas–It’s been my Air Force experience there are three categories of leaders- the Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten. Everyone reading this probably thinks they’re in the first category, but we know that’s not the case. Airmen who work for you certainly wish that were true, but not every leader’s an...
 
 

Gaining Altitude — Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community Do you remember Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood?  The shoes and sweater may (or may not) bring back memories.  The song “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” (Google it) is probably stuck in your head right now.  The late Fred Rogers, stated that a...
 




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=""> <s> <strike> <strong>