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About the DSD Program

The Air Force has identified 10 special duties as Enlisted Developmental Positions due to their unique leadership roles and the Airman’s responsibility to mentor and mold future leaders. To ensure the highest quality Airmen are assigned to these positions, the Air Force has implemented a nomination process. The nomination process will provide commanders, through their respective major command, an opportunity to nominate their best Airmen to fill these critical positions while providing a developmental career path. This program focuses on nominations for staff, technical and master sergeants. Developmental Special Duties are temporary in nature and are performed by Airmen for a period of up to four years. NOTE: Senior airmen and senior master sergeants DSD positions will be filled through the Enlisted Quarterly Assignment Listing (EQUAL) Plus or local utilization.


Table 1. - 2017 DSD Cycles:


DSD Cycle

MAJCOM Nominations


Spring 2017

February 2017

October 2017 – March 2018

Fall 2017

October 2017

April 2018 – September 2018


Table 2. - 2018 DSD Cycles:


DSD Cycle

MAJCOM Nominations


Spring 2018

   April 2018

October 2018 – March 2019

Fall 2018

August 2018

April 2019 – September 2019

Due to system availability, prioritization and emergency needs, dates are subject to change without notice.


Based on the needs of the Air Force, extensions and subsequent tours will be approved on a case-by-case basis.


A DSD is defined as:

-Positions which create and develop the world's greatest Airmen through oversight/leadership of multiple Airmen

-Positions that care for Airmen and their families through oversight/leadership of multiple Airmen/families

-Positions that represent the Enlisted Corps and Air Force on a national stage involving supervision/mentorship of subordinates/peers


Specialties include:

- Career Assistance Advisor

- Military Training Instructor (now open to staff sergeants)

- Military Training Leader

- U.S. Air Force Academy Military Training NCO

- Airman & Family Readiness Center NCO

- First Sergeant

- USAF Honor Guard

- Airman Dorm Leader

- Enlisted Accessions Recruiter

- Professional Military Education Instructor

Technical Training Instructor volunteers may apply directly through the EQUAL Plus assignment system. 


Members can reference the Special Duty Catalog (SPECAT) for supplemental information pertaining to certain requirements as advertised on EQUAL-Plus.


Additional information about specific rank requirements, nomination eligibility criteria, process and other specifics can be found in the Developmental Special Duty Nomination and Selection Program PSD Guide located on myPers.

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