JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Chief Master Sgts. Erik Thompson and Eryn McElroy hosted a two-hour Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ event to answer questions from Airmen about the Developmental Special Duty application process May 2.
Thompson, Air Education and Training Command’s senior enlisted leader, and McElroy, the Air Force Personnel Center’s command chief, answered questions from Airmen for two hours. Questions included a broad range of general DSD process questions and suggestions, to the matching process, assignment notification timelines, and more. Both chiefs also participated in a Twitter Spaces conversation towards the end of the Reddit event on the topic as well.
One of the most popular topics during the event centered on the 83B300 Air Force Specialty Code, which puts non-commissioned officers as instructors at Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps detachments.
“The career field will be a part of future DSD cycles,” Thompson replied to a poster who asked about whether the job would remain a volunteer assignment or move to DSD.
Several commenters noted the promise of the DSD process moving to myVector. On the topic of non-volunteers for DSD being picked up for the program, McElroy stated “We are moving away from non-vols with the upcoming DSD changes. When we fully move to myVector, it will be volunteer based, and will only be non-vol if we don’t receive enough vols.”
User “AndrewRyanH” asked if there had been any traction on “the idea of weighting the assignment of DSD heavier for promotion or assignments?” to which Thompson replied, “We are absolutely discussing that. On the promotion side we are looking at several different options for those in DSD. More to follow on that. Same goes for the assignment side.”
According to McElroy, the DSD application window is open through May, with the matching process beginning in June.
During the Twitter Spaces, both Chiefs discussed the DSD process in general, the new 83B300 career field, and noted the upcoming program rebrand, with the name to change from “DSD” to “Force Generators.”
Thompson had a final message to those thinking about applying to be a force generator.
“We need you,” Thompson said. “You’re absolutely critical to the Air Force’s ability to produce the Airmen we need.”
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