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Grand Forks AFB completes first iteration of revitalized course

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

Warriors of the North took part in the newly revitalized First Term Airman’s Course this week.

Headquarters Air Force Manpower, Personnel and Services, the Air Force Personnel Center, and the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence, or PACE, partnered to revitalize the FTAC, taking it from an in-processing focused program to a standard curriculum across the Air Force. 

The courses were designed to provide a structured program to transition Airmen from a training environment to a mission-oriented environment. However, most are currently focused on base in-processing. The new course is a continuation of the training Airmen received at Basic Military Training and in technical training, building upon the skills they’ve already been introduced to. 

A comprehensive review of FTAC was completed over the course of three months at the direction of the former Air Force chief of staff. The FTAC will now incorporate new lessons, known as “Airmanship 300,” as part of the continuum of training. Airmanship 100, commonly referred to as Airmen’s Week, is taught immediately following BMT, and Airmanship 200 is taught at technical training. The evolution of professional development includes Airmanship 300 in FTAC, with Airmanship 400 and 500 projected to be developed for the NCO and Senior NCO Professional Enhancement Courses. The courses are designed to ensure Airmen receive deliberate development at every milestone in their careers.

“Airmanship 300 aims to further develop First Term Airmen’s trust, loyalty, and commitment,” said Master Sgt. Marquia Cantu, 319th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor. “It is great for them to receive this training early in their careers to reinforce the importance of infusing the Air Force core values into their daily lives.”

While new curriculum is being introduced into the FTAC, many core topics currently taught will still be covered and the course length will remain at five duty days. 

“We need to focus on developing the next generation of enlisted leaders,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright. “This starts in basic training, but has to be deliberate and continuous throughout an Airman’s career. These courses are the next step in the evolution of professional development for our enlisted force.”

For more information, contact the Career Assistance Advisor at (701) 747-5023.

Information from this story was taken from the Air Force Profession of Arms Center of Excellence story posted on www.af.mil.