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New program designed to streamline pre-deployment training.

The Air Force has implemented a new, more streamlined program designed to prepare Airmen--both active duty and members of the reserve components--for an upcoming deployment.

The updated program is designed to ensure expeditionary readiness training is relevant, effective, timely, synchronized, standardized and integrated in order to provide combatant commanders with a standard presentation of forces to support specified mission requirements, while maximizing efficiency.

"We recognize the importance of making sure our Airmen's time is used as efficiently as possible," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "Personal and professional time invested in readiness should be done purposefully and with the goal of improving Airmen's ability to perform their duties in fulfilling global expeditionary requirements."

The new expeditionary readiness program aligns training cycles with the air expeditionary force construct, transitioning some training to meet "just-in-time" requirements to support deployments and eliminating most training currently provided in other venues.

"We've heard, listened and responded to Airmen's feedback regarding pre-deployment training," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. "It is my duty and highest priority to ensure our Airmen are prepared to enter any combat environment with the skills needed to be successful, and we do that by providing them with the right training at the right time, without redundancy."

Expeditionary readiness training changes include adding pretests at the beginning of computer-based training to allow proficient Airmen to bypass CBTs, aligning pre-deployment training with the air expeditionary force battle rhythm of 36-month cycles and waiving pre-deployment training for similar ancillary or functional proficiency training Airmen have already accomplished.

Effective Oct. 1, the new policy modifications will be captured in a new Air Force Guidance Memorandum that will eventually become a new 10-series Air Force instruction and will supersede information currently in Air Force Instruction 36-2201, Air Force Training Program. The AFGM will be posted on Air Force e-Publishing and to myPers. (Air Force News Service)

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Title Annotation:ROUND the RESERVE
Publication:Citizen Airman
Date:Dec 1, 2015
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