The Enlisted Force Structure

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  • By CMSgt. Denise Meeks
  • 127th Maintenance Group
Are you familiar with the Three Enlisted Force Structure Tiers? Our guidance on how to be an Airman at every stage of your career comes directly from the "Little Brown Book," AFI36-2618.

Here are the basic requirements at each tier of an enlisted Airman's career, and some questions to ask yourself.

Junior Enlisted Airman Tier:
This tier consists of Airman Basic, Airman First Class and Senior Airman. Throughout this tier Airman are adapting to the military way of life while focusing and learning their occupational requirements and honing job proficiency. Airman must be prepared to assume increased responsibilities as well as enhance productivity and contribute to mission readiness. Airman also should continue to broaden technical skills and pursue professional development through on and off-duty education.
1. As an Airman you must ask yourself on occasion if you are where you need to be on your career path and what your productivity level is, are you keeping up?
2. As an Airman are your technical skills broadening throughout your proficiency training?
3. As an Airman are you ready to assume increased responsibility?
4. As an Airman how important do you think it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
5. As an Airman are you motivated enough to pursue professional development through on and off duty education?

NCO Tier:
This tier consists of Staff Sergeant and Technical Sergeant. This tiers focus is primarily mission accomplishment. Although it is important to build upon your technician skills to become an expert in your occupation you also have the responsibility to insure your subordinates are trained, qualified and ready to execute all mission requirements and goals. In this tier, NCOs must also continue to broaden their technical skills and pursue professional development on and off duty education.
1. As an NCO do you know what your unit mission goals are?
2. As an NCO will you inspire a subordinate through mentoring?
3. As an NCO where do you feel your technical skills place, expert?
4. As an NCO do you lead by example?
5. As an NCO how important do you think it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
6. As an NCO how close are you to having a CCAF Degree or Equivalent?

Senior NCO Tier:
This tier consists of Master Sergeant, Senior Master Sergeant and Chief Master Sergeant. The primary focus of this tier is mission accomplishment. Senior NCOs serve as leaders, mentors, supervisors. SNCOs continue to develop subordinates (NCOs and airman). The SNCO ensure they are proficiently qualified as well as the NCO's and airman, within their chain. A SNCO has a great deal of experience and Leadership ability that can be used to leverage resources and personnel against a variety of mission requirements. SNCOs participated in decision making processes on a variety of technical, operational and organizational issues.
1. As a SNCO do you know what your unit mission goals are?
2. As a SNCO have you inspired a subordinate through mentoring and your leadership?
3. As a SNCO do you keep yourself proficiently qualified for mission requirement and do you ensure your subordinates are qualified to meet mission requirements?
4. As a SNCO do you lead by example?
5. As a SNCO how important do you think it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
6. As a SNCO how close are you to having a CCAF Degree or Equivalent?

Each tier contain similar qualities required to be the best you can be in today's military, can you pick them out, how do you measure up?

If you feel that you fall short of qualities required to be your best. Find someone that leads by example; has seasoned experience in your career field and willing to share his/her skills, knowledge and expertise. Your chosen mentor should be someone that enhances your professional/private life and inspire you for many things you may have thought were unattainable.

Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 97th year of continuous military air operations in 2014.