The U.S. Air Force plans to eliminate training courses it believes are not related to uniformed personnel primary missions in efforts to optimize capacities to accomplish core duties.
The service branch said Monday a task force reviewed 42 training courses that are not part of an airman’s primary job and the Air Force looks to remove 15 stand-alone courses and streamline 16 others to reduce training time.
The task force reviewed courses such as total force awareness training, selected force training, event-driven training and basic Airman readiness training.
“We’ll continue to be deliberate about what we cut or streamline, but more is required as we continue to focus our efforts on the business of warfighting, respecting our Airmen’s time, and still meeting the necessary requirements to take care of our mission and our force,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.
“Computer-based training impacts our Airmen’s time, so we’re looking at what we can eliminate, consolidate or substantially relax to cut the demand,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody.
The initiative will work to address redundant requirements since the review found that many training modules contain duplicated information provided in other trainings, the Air Force said.
The military branch added the initiative will also give Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel more time to focus on core skill set development during drill, unit training assembly and annual tour periods.
Reductions will take effect between January and April 2017 but soldiers are no longer required to complete courses that are slated for elimination.
The Air Force will update instructions to reflect changes on or before Jan. 1, 2017 and the Advanced Distributed Learning Service will be updated by April 1, 2017.
The service branch will also create a screening process to review new policies and identify areas that give additional duties or training requirements for uniformed personnel.