How long does it take to train an officer? For some senior enlisted airmen, the answer may be as little as two weeks.
Select senior noncommissioned officers (SNCO) will have a chance to speed through the service’s Officer Training School (OTS) in as little as 14 days, as part of two beta test courses at the Officer Training School-Accelerated Commissioning Program will be offered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., beginning this summer. The courses, which include 36 SNCO candidates apiece, will take the place of the traditional 40-day OTS curriculum.
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The Army is overhauling its personnel system to fill positions with the most talented officers by digging deeper into their résumés and creating a competitive market.
Under the Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP) program, officers will be able to search and apply for jobs across the Army, while commanders will have more choice in selecting people to fill positions in their units. Officers entering the winter 2019 move cycle were able to enter their information into the ATAP system in March, with assignments for that cycle beginning May 6, according to the Army.
“Whenever you allow people more voice into the system, I think that’s a good thing,” Army Secretary Mark Esper said during an April 25 roundtable interview from his Pentagon office. “We believe that will help retention and, in many ways, help recruiting, too.”
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Editor’s Note: MOAA is celebrating National Nurses Week with stories of service from members of the MOAA Uniformed Services Nurse Advocates Virtual Chapter. Learn more about the chapter here.
Paula Trivette – or “Paulita,” as President George H.W. Bush affectionately called her – settled into her seat on Air Force One, preparing for a weeklong trip to Japan with the president.
Not long after they landed, Bush played tennis with Japanese diplomats and joined them for sushi.
“He loved sushi as much as he liked broccoli,” chuckled Trivette, now a retired Army lieutenant colonel. “He does not like broccoli.”
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