Carpe Diem for CCAF

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Carpe Diem, Latin for "seize the day", is a call to take full advantage of the opportunities before us. If you are an enlisted member and have not completed your Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree, now is the time to do so. While CCAF degrees were at one time only "nice-to-haves," they are rapidly becoming essential for enlisted ANG members.

Recent National Guard Bureau Statutory Tour advertisements have listed CCAF as a pre-requisite. CCAF is one of several factors considered in securing an In-Residence Senior NCO Academy seat. And, of course, CCAF will one day be a requirement for ANG members to be promoted to Senior Master Sergeant and Chief Master Sergeant. It has for years been a requirement for these promotions on Active Duty and in the Air Force Reserves.

Earlier this year I wrote several articles and emails about the importance of working on CCAF degrees. In these, I confessed that although I had completed other college degrees, I had never taken the time to get my CCAF degree. Additionally, I committed to you that I would complete my CCAF requirements in order to be more credible as I promoted this opportunity throughout our Wing. So I bought a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) App for my iPhone, signed up for sample tests on a CLEP website, took my CLEP test at Macomb Community College and passed (well, just barely - but enough to get credit for the one remaining course I needed).

So next month, I will be in the CCAF Fall graduating class. Certainly, I wish I would have done this much earlier in my career but at least now I can credibly promote this opportunity.

To my Fellow Enlisted Airmen, what about you? Have you completed your CCAF degree? What is keeping you from doing so? Talk to your Unit Training Manager to find out what is required for you. Do not put it off any longer. Take action now.