Air Force slashing extra duties so airmen can focus on mission
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published: August 24, 2016
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Extra duties such as managing records, maintaining web pages and assisting others with filing taxes will no longer be required of airmen as the Air Force looks to cut some of the additional responsibilities laid on its members on top of mission requirements.
The service announced that it will eliminate, reassign or consolidate 29 of 61 additional Air Force duties — tasks assigned to airmen that aren’t part of their unit’s primary mission. The effort is aimed at easing the burden on servicemembers faced with increased operational demands at a time when the force is smaller than it has ever been, officials said.
“We have heard your concern and frustration on the issue of additional duties that compete with accomplishing our primary Air Force missions,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Gen. Dave Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, said in a memo last week.
In meeting with airmen at installations around the world, James and Goldfein said that they “have heard consistently that additional duties assigned at the unit-level affect our ability to focus on core mission, which in turn impacts our readiness.”