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  • By Airman 1st Class Sadie Hewes
  • 439th Airlift Wing/Public Affairs
   WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. --The Enlisted Professional Military Education program, better known as EPME, was recently redesigned to give Airmen more opportunity to partake in in-residence training and education for their career fields. The goal of the redesign is to give all Airmen a better chance of attending in-residence leadership training, including airman leadership school, the noncommissioned officer academy, and the senior noncommissioned officer academy.
   Reservists will not be required to attend these training schools in-residence, but will have the choice between doingt the distance-learning course and attending the school. There is still an element of distance learning that is required as a pre-requisite for the in-residence schooling for NCOA and SNCOA.
   “Basically, this gives members more time to complete the DL prior to attending in-residence,” said Eric DeVoursney,
Air Force Reserve Command Enlisted PME Manager. “An example is NCOA. Members can complete the distance learning as staff sergeants and attend in-residence as technical sergeants. All of the distance learning will be self-enrollment, and scheduling in-residence learning has not changed.”
   DeVoursney also said that all in-residence schooling slots will now be rank-based and the program’s redesign has done away
with time-in-service requirements for all schooling. The AFI on the redesign, officially named Enlisted Professional Military Education for the 21st Century, or EPME 21, is scheduled to be published in late July.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: or more information on EPME 21, Airmen can reference http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/ Article/1250631/af-announces-enlisted-professional-militaryeducation-redesign/ or contact the Air Education and Training office.