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Airmen in developmental special duties epitomize leadership, core values

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  • By Kat Bailey
  • Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
Air Force officials filled 770 positions across nine developmental special duties, or DSDs, for spring 2017.

The DSD nomination process occurs twice each year and is designed to fill specific special duties the Air Force has acknowledged as developmental due to their unique requirements. Commanders are encouraged to nominate any Airman in the rank of staff, technical and master sergeant they feel is the right fit for these critical duties. Nominees must have a demonstrated record of exceptional performance and a high capacity to lead. 

“Airmen selected for DSD have high potential and are filling some of the Air Force’s most critical positions,” said Master Sgt. Danielle Hamilton, special duty and DSD assignments manager at the Air Force’s Personnel Center. “They must be an ambassador and role model for the Air Force core values of integrity, service and excellence.”


The nine developmental special duties are Career Assistance Advisor, Military Training Instructor, Military Training Leader, Air Force Academy Military Training Instructor, Airman and Family Readiness Center Noncommissioned Officer, First Sergeant, Air Force Honor Guard NCO, Recruiter and Professional Military Education Instructor.


“The more opportunities Airmen have to broaden their skill sets, the more capabilities they bring to the fight,” Hamilton said. “We are systematically preparing those Airmen with high potential to assume their place as tomorrow’s leaders.”


In June, Air Education and Training Command made three substantial changes to the DSD process to improve the ability to fill these positions by adding more flexibility and increasing opportunities for noncommissioned officers.


“The changes included opening military training instructor opportunities to staff sergeants, using the Enlisted Quarterly Assignment Listing-Plus website to advertise Technical Training Instructor positions for three-level awarding schoolhouses and aligning the physical training score for all DSD and TTI positions to the Air Force standard of 75 points versus the former DSD standard of 80,” Hamilton said.


Assignment opportunities for TTI positions shifted to EQUAL-Plus advertisements June 26, 2017. Airmen who were selected for TTI roles received assignment notifications via the normal channels.


Airmen who were selected for DSD have received an assignment or were contacted by the appropriate assignment authority for further instructions. Airmen who were nominated for a developmental duty, but not selected, remain eligible for selection until the end of each DSD cycle in the event of future openings. Airmen who were not nominated for DSD, but are still interested in career-developing opportunities, can go to the Enlisted Quarterly Assignment Listing-Plus website as well as review the special duty catalog. 

The list of Airmen who have received DSD assignments is available on myPers under Special Duty Assignment Programs on the Active Duty: Enlisted Assignments Home Page or select “Active Duty Enlisted” from the dropdown menu and search “DSD.”


For more information about Air Force personnel programs, go to myPers. Individuals who do not have a myPers account can request one by following these instructions.


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