The Air Force has announced new re-enrollment protocols for airmen who have failed out of their professional military education. According to a memo posted by the Air University’s Education Support Center, airmen looking to re-enroll a second (or subsequent) time must receive written approval of a supervisor or commander to do so.
As Air Force Times reports, the new policy was announced this month via the memo from Dean of Enlisted PME academic affairs at Air University Jeffrey Geidner and is already being enforced. After failing their PME tests once, airmen can re-enroll themselves—that policy has not changed. However, if they have failed twice, then they must re-approach PME enrollment with a letter from themselves and a supervisor.
In the letter, the supervisor must outline why the airmen failed their tests and what can be done to correct their training. The airmen must also identify their performance issues and detail conversations with supervisors about what can be done to improve their work.
STREAMLINING THE PROCESS
While the new re-enrollment rules may seem restrictive or skeptical of airmen who have failed their PME tests, they have been put in place to actually help dedicated airmen re-enroll faster. Previously, after failing two PME tests, airmen would be automatically disenrolled and would have to wait six months before re-enrolling.
With the new policy in place, however, this re-enrollment can happen much faster-- with the proper documentation and confidence from supervisors and commanders. The courses in question, called distance learning courses, are required of all airmen before they can attend NCO and SNCO academies.
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