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Avatar of BillBy on January 15th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Air Force to force some sergeants into drill instructor duty

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I served in the Navy for 10 years and I never once considered becoming an RDC.

The Air Force this month will begin handpicking technical sergeants and master sergeants for mandatory duty as military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, where the service’s training program for new recruits has been rocked by a widening sex scandal.

The nonvoluntary selection process is aimed at boosting military training instructor numbers and filling those slots with more experienced and mature airmen, Air Force officials said in a Friday news release.

The Air Force will still consider volunteer applicants for instructor duty, but acceptance of staff sergeants, who currently make up about half of the instructor pool, “will be by exception,” according to the news release.

“Low manning may have allowed misconduct to go unnoticed, but investigation results indicated that other factors may have contributed to the problem, including maturity and experience levels,” Col. Deborah Landry, chief of the Air Force Personnel Center’s Airman Assignments Division, was quoted in the news release as saying.- Stars and Stripes

The trouble with nonvoluntary selection is that the personnel chosen may not be very motivated for their new jobs. That could lead to different problems other than the one of female recruits being sexually assaulted or coerced into having sex with their training instructors. I know the Air Force has to address the problems at Lackland but I’m not sure if this is going to work.

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  • JoeC
    10:48 pm on January 15th, 2013 1

    Even if they are hand picked they would still have to go through and pass a course to learn how to be a drill instruction.

    All military people learn the basics of drill. That’s teachable. The other aspects of being a drill instructor are not really teachable. That’s more innate and attitudinal. It’s what we used to call being “ate up” or “gung ho” and being able to convince the recruits you really believe all of the BS you’re required to say.

    I know that I would never been able to do that with a straight face.

  • Leon LaPorte
    11:01 pm on January 15th, 2013 2

    1. Plus are they going to only select from certain career fields? One might argue the most squared away and motivated individuals would be people like jet mechanics, ordnance tech’s, etc. Would it be a good idea to remove someone in a job like that from his important job for a couple years. Skills are perishable and in cases similar to those could have life and death consequences. Or, conversely, do they just draft from the pool of admin clerks and phone sanitizers? Tough call but this seems the least creative and effective way to handle it.

  • 2ID Doc
    7:45 am on January 16th, 2013 3

    When I joined the Army in the 80s, I had an old First Sergeant tell a group of us once that since we joined we could only be drafted for two jobs, Recruiting & Drill Sergeant. he wore a Drill Sergeant patch and explained he was one of the “draftees”. Perhaps it will work for the Air Force.

 

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