Has anyone in the special tactics community struggled with Course 15 and been removed from their BA AFSC? Has anyone been denied retraining for not having completed Course 15?
Any enlisted service member struggling with course 15 or any resident PME course tends to lacks the ability to learn aptitude to progress through the academics of the required initial entry courses required for award of a BA 3-skill AFSC. BA typically are the top performers in the PME class. BA generally complete distant learning courses well before the maximum time given.
Course 15 is a Distance learning opportunity used in-lieu of attendance at the in-residence Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA). This is required Enlisted Professional Military Education needed for award of 7-level AFSC.
The requirements to successfully enroll in and complete Course 15 or attend and successfully complete the NCOA for NCOs beginning at the 7- 12 year TIS window. All RegAF and ARC Airmen must enroll within the TIS window. Failure to enroll, complete, and pass either the residence course or course 15 within one year of enrollment renders Airmen ineligible to reenlist and compete for promotion until this requirement is met. The ARC will determine the consequences for failure to complete required NCOA/course 15 PME within established timeframes.
Enlisted PME exists to prepare enlisted airman and NCOs (E-5 to E-9) for increased responsibilities connected to promotion.
5.1.4. Second term and career Airmen must already possess another awarded AFSC with a skill level commensurate with their current grade in order to reenlist in the retraining AFSC at the 3-skill level
Generally the lack of successful PME accomplishment/completion commensurate with currently awarded AFSC skill level AFSC also causes the enlisted airman to be ineligible for extension of enlistment to reenlist or retrain.
A1C = 3-skill level
SrA = 5-skill level
SSgt = 7-skill level
TSgt = 7-skill level
MSgt = 7-skill level
SMSgt = 9-skill Level
18.104.22.168. Airmen must complete Airman Leadership School before being considered for STEP promotion to SSgt (this requirement cannot be waived).
Thus completion of ALS is required to be eligible to enter 7-level upgrade training.
AFI36-2502, Table 1.2, Withholding Promotion:
serving in the grade of SSgt/ TSgt, the projected promotion will be placed into withhold, if the 12-month EPMPE enrollment expires before the promotion sequence number (PSN) consummates. The PSN will be removed if EPMPE is not completed by the end of the promotion cycle (see note 4).
thus the awarding of 7-skill level requires completion of ALS and completion of NCOA or course 15 during the 7-12 year TIS enrollment window the completion of Resident NCOA or Course 15. The enrollment window for the individual enlisted air force service member aligns with being promoted to SSGT and entering and completing 7-level upgrade training.
Control Air Force Specialty Code (CAFSC)—A management tool used to make enlisted Airman assignments, to assist in determining training requirements, and to consider individuals for promotion.
Duty Air Force Specialty Code (DAFSC)—The AFSC denoting the specialty in which the individual is performing duty.
Primary Air Force Specialty Code (PAFSC)—The awarded AFSC in which an individual is best qualified to perform duty. It will always be the AFSC with the highest skill level.
Secondary Air Force Specialty Code (2AFSC)—The awarded AFSC in which an individual is second best qualified to perform duty.
Feeder Air Force Specialty Code—The awarded AFSC from which an individual has progressed to the 5-, 7-, or 9-skill level AFSC or CEM code when two or more AFSCs combine.
Skill Level—The level of qualification within an awarded enlisted AFS, shown by the fourth digit of the AFSC. The 1-skill level (helper) identifies personnel initially classified in an AFS when entering the Air Force or when retraining. The 3-skill level (apprentice) identifies enlisted personnel who have obtained basic knowledge within an AFSC through completion of an initial skills course. Apprentices gain duty position experience and, upon completion, enter a structured apprenticeship program to gain qualification and experience required of a 5-skill level (journeyman). In specialties where a 5-skill level does not exist, personnel are considered skilled at the 3-skill level. Apprentices implement work activities as directed and perform tasks unsupervised when certifying officials determine them to be qualified. The 5-skill level identifies enlisted personnel who, through experience and training, have demonstrated skilled proficiency in their AFSC. Journeymen continue to gain experience and qualification in their AFSC and, upon promotion to staff sergeant, enter a structured training program to gain experience and qualification required of a craftsman (7-skill level).
Journeymen plan, coordinate, implement, and supervise work activities. The 7-skill level (craftsman) identifies enlisted personnel who have gained a high degree of technical knowledge in their AFSC and who have additionally acquired supervisory capability through training and experience. Craftsmen continue to gain experience in technical, supervisory, and managerial functions. Craftsmen plan, coordinate, implement, and direct work activities. The 9-skill level (superintendent) identifies enlisted personnel who, through experience, training, and performance, have shown a high degree of managerial and supervisory ability to fill positions requiring broad general (and sometimes technical) knowledge. Superintendents plan, coordinate, implement, and direct a wider scope of work activities and functions. When two or more career ladders combine at the supervisory 7- or 9-skill level (capper AFSC), members can supervise any or all of the subordinate career ladders; however, members may only perform the specific technical functions of the career ladder through which they have progressed. The awarded feeder AFSC identifies this training and experience.