- USAF AFSC 17D Information
- Disruptive by Design: Saving the Air Force Cyber Community
- Air Force Specialty Code
- Officer AFSC Classifications
USAF AFSC 17D InformationGoodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Vandenberg Air Force Base, Califonia. Special Warfare Training Wing. After completing basic training, Airmen begin technical training to learn the technical skills needed to perform in their career field specialties. Each base is responsible for a specific portion of the formal technical training Airmen require to accomplish the Air Force mission. Highly trained instructors conduct technical training in specialties such as aircraft maintenance, missile maintenance, civil engineering, medical services, computer systems, security forces, air traffic control, weather, personnel, cyberspace support, intelligence, fire fighting, and space and missile operations. The Phase Program is a program that Airmen will transition through while they are attending Technical Training. At the least the Phase Program will be compromised of three phases. Each phase will have different requirements and different privileges. Below is an example of what each phase is and what it could look like. Again, each training location will create their own Phase Program and what the requirements are. These AiT are expected to maintain their appearance and to continue the disciplined performance they learned in BMT; however, they still require continued reinforcement of the standards and behaviors expected of all Airmen. Phase I requires AiT to accept increased responsibility and accountability for their personal actions and professional conduct before they may be phased up to Phase II. For Airmen transferring from another Technical Training location who has not completed all Phase I requirements, Phase I will begin upon arrival at the new Technical Training location and continues through the completion of Phase I requirements. Phase II prepares AiTs to perform in positions of increased responsibility. AiTs are expected to maintain their personal appearance and continue the higher standards of performance set forth in Phase I; however, these AiT still require occasional reinforcement of the standards and behaviors expected of all Airmen. Phase II requires AiT to accept and execute duties in positions of increased responsibility. Airman in Phase II should be held accountable not only for their actions and behaviors but of those placed in their charge, as well, before they may be phased up to Phase III. Phase II begins when Phase I ends. Phase III is intended for those AiT, whose training pipelines to include BMT are in excess of calendar days; who demonstrate maturity, professionalism, and character, as defined in AFI and now require minimal supervision and minimal reinforcement of the standards and behaviors expected of all Airmen. While attending Technical Training Airmen are allowed to have visitors. However, each phase of the Phase Program will dictate what the Airmen can do with the people visiting them. Example: If an Airman is in Phase I they will be required to stay on base in a public place cannot go to a hotel or house on base with the visitor and will still have to wear their uniform. If an Airman is in Phase III they will be able to wear civilian clothes and go off base with the visitor. They will also be authorized to spend the night off base with the visitor if they meet all the requirements set by their Technical Training location. MTL, Flight Chief, or Commander depending on location Keep in mind that each location may have a different set of rules so please get with your local MTL to find out all the details for that location. Depending on how long your Technical Training is will determine when you receive your assignment. Typically an Airman can expect to receive their orders three to four weeks after the start of training. If you have a long Technical Training such as six months, it could take a little longer to receive orders. Again, the length of your Technical Training will affect the timeline of when you will receive your orders. Keep in mind that each location may have a different set of rules so please get with local MTL to find out all the details for that location.
Disruptive by Design: Saving the Air Force Cyber Community
The U. Air Force cyber community is failingbut not all is lost. While some aspects are in dire need of repair or replacement, effective solutions potentially are within reach—if leadership is up to the task. Critics will note accurately that it takes time to make such broad changes across an enterprise as large as the Air Force. The language and efforts that went into the 17D split do not clearly denote purpose or establish the appropriate baseline to develop the career fields in the future. The career field update that was published identifies Network Operations 17D and Cyber Warfare Operations 17S as two career fields that have confusingly similar descriptions. Taking a more traditional 33S role for network operations would lead to a better focus on what skills are needed and what the mission is. Those in the 17D career field are no more operators than aircraft maintenance personnel but are equally vital. This fascination with calling everyone an operator has led to both AFSCs being functionally controlled by the A-6 with a lack of training differentiation. However, the bulk of the training is common, whereas the skill sets of all OCO- and DCO-type missions are expected to be established in a much shorter time period. The Air Force has shown through its actions that it considers cyber skills all the same, with the most granular separation being described as offense, defense or intelligence. The Air Force champions cyberspace as a domain but treats the skill sets as a binary system. You either have cyber skills or you do not. Unfortunately, this lack of specialization, functional separation and training investment adds confusion that will hamper the mission. Another problem is the mission does not match investment. Because of challenges with identification and training, cyber operators consistently are investing their personal time to educate themselves and develop their skills. Largely, the community has bought into the idea of flying, fighting and winning in cyberspace. Spending time on personal development after work and using off-duty hours to train is abnormal in the Air Force, but it has led to many highly trained and passionate cyber operators. The Air Force at times would like to take credit for this, but it leads to wrong suggestions that enter staff room discussions about extended commitments to retain talent. Extended commitments make sense in career fields such as the pilot community, where world-class training is delivered over a long period of time to the operators who mostly will enjoy operational assignments until they begin to transition to field-grade officers. Extended commitments do not make sense in the current cyber environment. The big challenge for the Air Force will be having highly trained operators who are participating in missions often hampered by bureaucracy and loosely defined norms and terminology. Currently, it is easier to get approval to kill someone than it is to drop a network router. It is easier to buy a multimillion-dollar acquisition than it is to get approval to enforce appropriate network security measures. It is easier for the Air Force to lose its talent than it is to retain it because of mismanagement and misunderstandings of the community. To move forward constructively, leaders at all levels must voice their concerns accurately. The community needs more informed critics who also remain optimistic and loyal to the mission. Decisions will be made, and ways forward must be executed even when they are not perfect. But issues must be voiced. Senior leaders who hear consistently that everything is OK are hidden from the harsh truths that will lead to mission failure. Senior leaders who believe that cyber operators are highly trained and world-class because of investment and training by the Air Force are being misled. Those happy with the status quo cannot honestly look to the threats the community faces and statements of concern from leaders such as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and say that all is well. Strategies will be developed, weapon systems will be leveraged and personnel will be trained, on- or off-duty. The level of commitment from the Air Force to these facts through appropriate investment of resources and the enabling of informed and disruptive leaders will determine the rate at which mission success is achieved. It also will determine the rate at which it loses or retains talent. If the community is traveling in the right direction, then it is at best failing in its vector.
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Anyone have a current read on the cyber pipeline? Sorry to hear you failed your color vision test but I have heard really great things about the A shred for 17D. Seems like a pretty cool job. Hey dude, self appointed resident baseops 17D here. Sorry about your eyes, mine sucked too coming out of ROTC. There are some really good things about the program now, and some pretty stinky things too - kinks that still need to be worked out IMHO. The quick down and dirty is that it's a 6 month, PCS program at Keesler. And it's tough. You'll learn everything from phone and radio systems to some pretty nifty stuff I won't talk about here. At the end of the program, depending on how many slots are available, the top students usually out of a class of 20 or so who want it will get the coveted "A-Shred" and possibly some follow on training at Hurlburt or Lackland depending on their assignment. The A-Shreds are the dudes doing the geeked out stuff we don't talk about. Follow ons might include Hurlburt, Lackland, or Ft Meade to do secret cyber stuff. For those that enjoy the bits and bytes, this is the place to be. The drawback is the limited leadership, fewer assignment opportunities and the fact that we haven't done the best job yet of translating what these guys do to the rest of the AF. The B-Shreds are everyone else me included. You could go standard base-comm, combat-comm, specops support, space comm, etc. The good news is the program is merit based, so your performance will increase your opportunites. I've got a combat comm background and absolutely loved it. You'll have more leadership opportunities and will develop more breadth - you could handle anything from base networks to phones to ATCALS to radios to who knows what else The drawback here is when you find something you really like you'll PCS right when you get good at. PM me and I'm happy to give you any more info you'd like I've got some more details I won't more the baseops audience with. I am a 17DXB, one of the first students to go through the UCT course, so it's probably changed quite a bit since then. I don't think the titles of the blocks themselves are classified, but them Chinese is always watching You can just find out about those when you get there, but those blocks are mostly full of pretty cool stuff. Bear in mind though, that most of the hacker ninja shit will actually be done by 1B4 enlisted NCOs. The previous post listed out most of the B shred jobs. I picked Combat Comm because I really don't like computers and I enjoy the dirt more than the office. There are great leadership opportunities in the B shred community Combat Comm being one, base comm being bad for that. Don't believe whatever they say about the shred outs B vs S.
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