Change the Rules

Regulations can stand in the way of efficiency and effectiveness, and senior leaders should be open to airmen offering better ways to get the mission done, Gen. Paul Selva, head of Air Mobility Command, told 1,500 members of his headquarters staff. “We don’t know everything; we’ve haven’t learned everything. We ought to be listening to their ideas,” said Selva during the mid-January virtual “all-call,” according to a Jan. 31 command release. He suggested that airmen at all levels should look for ways to improve operations even if their ideas do not fit within current regulations. “I’m not suggesting we break the rules; I’m suggesting we change the rules,” said Selva. Airmen have a responsibility to ask for changes to Air Force instructions to help meet the service’s ever-evolving mission demands, he said. (Scott report by Tyler Grimes)