Are you planning on taking the May servicewide? Are you looking to advance in the next few years? If so, make sure you are aware of a new requirement for enlisted leadership development continuum courses. The change will require enlisted member’s to meet new criteria at specific points in their career. Currently, the changes only apply to active-duty service members.
The new requirements are as follows:
For advancement to E-4, members must have completed the apprentice leadership program.
For advancement to E-6, members must have completed the leadership and management school. Acceptable substitution courses for this requirement are the Air Force noncommissioned officer academy or the airmen leadership school.
For advancement to E-7, members must have completed the chief petty officer academy. Commencing with the May 2016 servicewide advancement eligibility list, active duty members above the cutoff for E-7 will have priority for quota assignment. These members will be automatically slated for FY-17 convenings based on the member’s position above the cut on the advancement eligibility list.
For advancement to E-9, members must have completed the senior enlisted leadership course. Commencing with the May 2016 servicewide exam advancement eligibility list, active duty members above the cutoff for E-9 will have priority for quota assignment. These members will be automatically slated for FY-17 convenings based on the member’s position above the cut on the advancement eligibility list.
For enlisted personnel who have advanced to E-7, E-8 or E-9 prior to the May 2016 servicewide exam, they are considered legacy chiefs and are required to complete their respective continuum courses if they intend to pursue certain career paths or positions of increased responsibility. Specifically:
- Completion of the chief petty officer academy remains an eligibility requirement to compete for advancement to E-8.
- Senior enlisted leadership course attendance is a requisite of the command senior enlisted leadership program and is a factor for determining suitability for E-9 special assignment positions.
- Quota availability for these courses may be limited as members above the service wide cutoff have priority. Legacy chiefs will be rank ordered by date of rank, most junior at the top, most senior at the bottom, and will be offered quotas as they become available. As an alternative, legacy chiefs may apply to attend the authorized DoD courses as available.