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New Air Force Officer Promotion system

By Airman 1st Class Sarah Dowe 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs

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Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, gave a presentation about the suggested new promotion system for officers at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 9, 2019.

“I think it’s great that Gen. Kelly spent the time to go out to the different bases to present the concept that they are trying to implement into the Air Force,” said Maj. Douglas Oh, Air Combat Command Inspector General executive officer. “Rather than having it come out and then telling everyone to figure it out.”

During the presentation Kelly talked about the importance of gathering input from people around the Air Force.

“I think it’s a great way for people to anonymously present their concerns, comments and questions to the general without identifying themselves so they can be a little more candid,” Oh said. “It was great that the briefing itself was short and that he opened it up for questions, which afforded more time for them to be answered.”

Kelly spoke about the differences the new promotion system would bring and how it would impact the current system.

“Right now I’m unsure, I think with every change comes uncertainty, but I think if it is executed well the concept will go fine,” Oh added. “I think it will work great actually because it will provide these different specialties to have a chance to say what’s important to their development.”

During the presentation Kelly explained that the Air Force is moving away from a one-size-fits-all  promotion system and toward a more tailored system that fits the individual career fields.

People are able to forward comments and concerns about the new promotion system through their chain of command until the end of July.


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