by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page
Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs
9/4/2013 - LANGLEY AFB, Va. -- Approved
changes to the Air Force special duty program will require Airmen to be
nominated and vetted through an approval process beginning Oct. 1.
Changes to the special duty program allow leadership and commanders to
nominate their top performing Airmen for positions such as military
training instructors, airman and family readiness noncommissioned
officers, enlisted accessions recruiter, professional military
instructors and honor guard noncommissioned officer positions, which
were filled previously on a volunteer basis.
The10 special duties and T-prefix duties selected for the program have
been identified as enlisted developmental positions due to leadership
responsibilities and the ability to mentor young Airmen.
Airmen who have demonstrated a record of exceptional performance in
their primary duties are being sought to fill the developmental special
duty positions. Airmen selected for the positions may also have the
opportunity to enrich their careers, gaining leadership skills and
broadening their experiences.
"I think if we encourage Airmen through a nominative process and allow
leadership to encourage them by saying you're ready and we believe that
you are the quality person to go do this job then we will have a highly
motivated and diverse group of developmental special duty personnel
affecting our Airmen," said Chief Master Sgt. Rick Parsons, command
chief, Air Combat Command.
Although the assignment selection process will change to a nominative
process, Airmen motivated to volunteer for a developmental special duty
may still have the opportunity to do so.
"Airmen need to make contact with their leadership, voice their desire
to be nominated on one of the lists and if their leadership agrees that
they are the right person or right caliber to go and do the job they
will be nominated," Parsons said. "When we need to fill vacancies we
will certainly go to the list and pick volunteers first."
Air Staff will provide major commands nomination quotas twice a year, in
March and September, based on their enlisted population of staff
sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants. ACC has received
their quotas, which requests nominations for 98 staff sergeants, 106
technical sergeants and 115 master sergeants.
"Not everyone will be nominated for these positions. The Air Force is
looking for the best qualified Airmen that have qualities of a leader
and will be able to prosper in these positions," said Chief Michael J.
Helfer, chief enlisted manager manpower, mersonnel and services
Commanders will be allotted 30 days to nominate individuals based on rank and developmental special duty quotas.
"Quotas have been set to establish a minimum of nominations for MAJCOMs
so Air Staff can have a pull that will fit their needs, said Helfer.
"The quotas received will be distributed equally amongst ACC wings, but
if a wing does not receive a levied quota they should still be
nominating the best of the best to serve these duties."
ACC has a deadline of Sept. 30 to have nominations submitted to the Air Force Personnel Center.
Although, Airmen will be nominated for developmental special duty
positions by their leadership, they still have to meet basic eligibility
requirements listed in Personnel Services Delivery Memorandum 13-62, as
well as specific criteria for the special duty listed in the Special
Duty Catalog, which is currently under revision.
"Once an Airman has been nominated and selected for an assignment they
will need to meet the eligibility requirements, detailed in the
assignment selection instructions, within 45 days of notification," said
He said, no indication of a timeline has been set on when Airmen will
receive assignment notification, but April 2014 is the month when most
Airmen can expect to report to their new special duty assignments.
For more information about developmental special duties refer to PSDM 13-62 and the SPECAT.