Though airmen in less critical specialties have the
opportunity to cross-train to areas where the Air Force is feeling more
of the squeeze, it is essential that they have some experience in their
new area, said CMSAF James Cody at ASC16.
The Air Force may need more tech sergeants and staff sergeants in
fields such as maintenance, but “I need them [to be] … experienced in
maintenance,” he told reporters on Wednesday. There has to be a balance
when it comes to retraining because it’s targeted by grade, he said.
Cody used an example of a medical tech wanting to cross-train to
maintenance: Even if that med tech is at a rank of E-7 but has no
maintenance experience, he or she will “have to become a 3-level, get
the 5-level upgrade, [and] get the experience,” he said. It’s great to
have support-type airmen cross-trained, but they need to perform at
their skill level regardless of their rank, he said. “It’s still about
doing the job [and] the rank isn’t the job.”
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