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Master sergeant promotion boards –this week’s Air Force Times

Facing the need to retain quality airmen as it gets smaller, the Air Force is considering holding promotion boards for technical sergeants who want to advance to master sergeant.

In this week’s Air Force Times, we explain why the Air Force thinks holding boards for master sergeant would be a good move and when it might be implemented.

Also this week: The Air Force is giving senior noncommissioned officers until Nov. 30 to finish version 5 of Course 14 before it implements a new distance learning course for NCOs about to enter the Senior NCO Academy.  We explain the change and how the new course will work.

Meanwhile, the attrition rate for unmanned aircraft pilots during training has dropped but it is still higher than the rate for manned aircraft pilots. You can read what is behind the trend and how unmanned aircraft pilots are faring against fighter, bomber and mobility pilots in promotion rates.

In other news, lawmakers have lambasted the Air Force over newly released emails which show the lengths to which a top Air Force officer went to overturn the sex assault conviction of Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, the former inspector general at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

And rescue squadrons from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., recently helped save a mountain climber who had fallen almost 100 feet. Read the  details of the harrowing rescue.

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