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CCAF Requirment Ahead for Senior NCO Promotions

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- The former Director of the Air National Guard had long considered requiring a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree for promotion in the ANG to senior master sergeant and chief master sergeant. It appears that requirement may get implemented this year. In preparation for this, Force Support Squadron emailed a list of all the Wing's CCAF degree holders to the Chiefs. My name was not on that list.

Like many of you other NCOs, I hold civilian degrees but never went back to complete my CCAF. I was one of those who, for a long time, resisted doing so. I argued that a CCAF degree should not be a Senior NCO promotion requirement.

But the time for resisting and arguing is over. Everything we are hearing coming out of NGB and the ANG Enlisted Field Advisory Council is that the ANG SMSgt/CMSgt CCAF promotion requirement is moving forward.

While the exact implementation plan has not yet been finalized or published, it is not too early to get ready. If you are an enlisted member who has not yet completed your CCAF degree, check with your Unit Training Manager (UTM) to identify what you still need to complete your degree. Since you get credit for a lot of the military training you have already completed, it is likely you are close to finishing your degree. In some cases, you may already be done!

If you are a supervisor, check with your UTM to see what needs to get done and to help facilitate success in your area. Get your NCOs ready now so they are eligible for promotion when the opportunity arises.

I recently registered for an online Humanities CLEP study tool and plan to be ready to test soon. That will fulfill my one remaining requirement. If you have not completed the CCAF requirements yourself, consider doing so.

All professions (medical, legal, finance, human resources, engineering, etc.) have professional certifications that validate their members' professional/technical competency. We have one, too -- it's called Community College of the Air Force.