Updated Professional Development Guide available online

by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Lindsey
Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The latest version of the Air Force Professional Development Guide is now available online for all Airmen.

The 500 page, 30.8 MB document is of particular interest to enlisted Airmen in the ranks of staff sergeant through senior master sergeant who want to begin studying for their next promotion examination.

Air Force Pamphlet 36-2241, interim copy, dated July 1, 2009, can be downloaded in PDF format from Air Force e-Publishing at www.e-publishing.af.mil by searching for “AFPAM36-2241.”

“This is one-stop-shopping for the enlisted promotion test, the sole reference for the 100 question Promotion Fitness Examination for grades E-4 through E-7, and the U.S. Air Force Supervisory Examination for those testing for E-8 and E-9,” said Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Denter, Air Force Occupational Measurement Squadron professional development flight chief.

The guide debuted March 16, 2007, and is scheduled for update every two years. Its name reflects its design – to provide Airmen guidance necessary for growth, in addition to the instruction needed to score well on the promotion test, Chief Denter said.

“I find that our Airmen today have a thirst to learn more and providing this information supports professional development,” he said. “If they are willing to take the time out of their days to become the most professional Airmen, why not give them the information and allow them to make the decision to begin practicing senior enlisted skills.”

What sets the 2009 PDG edition apart from the previous edition are two chapters of information useful for Airmen that is not included in the promotion examination: an updated Chapter 1, Studying Effectively, and the addition of Chapter 20, Enlisted Force Development, the chief said. Studying Effectively offers more tips for studying and test-taking success. Enlisted Force Development is a particularly favorite chapter of Chief Denter’s and offers Airmen information about My EDP, a military career tracking and guidance resource on the Air Force Portal; learning styles and tips for interview success. The updated guide also contains direct references to the Air Force Instructions governing the subject.

For those who prefer to listen to the instructions outlined in the PDG, a professionally read MP3 version is scheduled for download availability from July 1 on the AFOMS Intranet site, the chief said.

Distribution of the printed books begins May 1.

“The only difference between the hardcopy edition and the 2009 edition on e-Publishing is that the downloadable version doesn’t have the nice cover with the pictures on it,” the chief said.

The professional development flight is also working to develop electronic PDG interactive learning chapters to provide a tactile learning method, such as for dress and appearance, and military customs and courtesies studies, the chief said.

“In the near future, Airmen will be able to not only learn about professional development by reading and listening to it, but they’ll also be able to work on it, thereby also learning through the tactile learning concept, by choosing the right uniform item combinations on their computer with the click of a mouse,” he said.

The addition of the audio version of the PDG and future interactive learning chapters are in response to requests made by NCOs who participated in Military Knowledge and Testing System surveys upon request by the AFMOS Occupational Analysis Flight. The survey results are examined by the MKTS Advisory Council chaired by the chief master sergeant of the Air Force.

“Survey feedback is incredibly important to professional development guide improvements,” Chief Denter said. “We highly encourage Airmen to take the time to share what they think needs more emphasis.”

NOTE: Airmen who also take the Specialty Knowledge Test for promotion will also need to study the appropriate Career Development Course volumes. For more information about the SKT, Airmen should refer to the Weighted Airman Promotion System catalog, which is available on the Air Force Portal.