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Beginning this fall, the Air Force’s 92 enlisted Career Assistance Advisors will be converted to Airman Development Advisors, with a corresponding new Air Force specialty code and support reinforced fundamental.

The change is designed to align the wide range of CAA responsibilities with the deliberate development of the enlisted force, as outlined recently in the Enlisted Force Development Action Plan.

The CAA’s portfolio of day-to-day responsibilities includes guiding Airmen in making informed decisions about their military career, such as career counseling, re-enrollments, retraining, and specialty employment opportunities. They also advise commanders and supervisors on the management of enlisted forces and professional development opportunities and manage the administration of key training programs such as the First Term Airmen course.

While these roles and responsibilities will not change as a result of the transition from CAA to ADA, the new AFSC will integrate ADAs into the professional military instructor community. This will align them with Air Education and Training Commandit is Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Educationallowing for a more consistent level of basic professional support.

“Right now, CAAs are carrying out their duties without any formal training, standardized resources, or instructions on how to create a program,” said Senior Master Sgt. Wes Lawrence, CAA’s Director of Special Services. “The change reinforces the importance of what Airman Development Advisors will perform in their day-to-day mission. We must provide tailored professional resources and support that will benefit all Airmen.

The transition exemplifies the “Force Development Ecosystem” focus area of ​​the Enlisted Force Development Action Plan, which calls for stronger links between initial skills, technical and on-the-job training. , education and experiences.

“Connecting Airman Development Advisors to the professional military education community makes sense as we strive to more deliberately develop the enlisted force of tomorrow,” said Chief Staff Sgt. of the Air Force Joanne S. Bass.

ADAs will continue to support all mission partners, including: active duty, guard, and reserve Airmen; Guardians and civilians. The change will be official once the Air Force Enlisted Classification Document is released, which is scheduled for Oct. 31.