The Pentagon quashed a plan by the Air Force and other services to begin training personnel to work with the new National Security Personnel System. USAF has just contracted with a Virginia company to train its civilian personnel supervisors over the course of five years. A Dec. 23 memo put a hold on “NSPS-specific content training” for the month of January, saying DOD expected to provide a progress update early this month. The Pentagon needs “more time” to simplify how supervisors will measure performance and to ensure “the system is simple, clear, and understandable,” states the memo.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.