Multitasking is popular these days, but in the Air Force it’s getting to be a burden, so additional responsibilities atop regular mission tasks are being trimmed, notes Grumpy Editor.
Some of the extra requirements being shelved, reported Jennifer H. Svan in Stars and Stripes, are managing records, maintaining web pages, acting as unit public affairs representative and assisting others with filing taxes, among many other chores.
The development didn’t make it into mainstream media, overly involved in the Trump-Clinton battle.
“The service announced that it will eliminate, reassign or consolidate 29 of 61 additional Air Force duties --- tasks assigned to airmen that aren’t part of their unit’s primary mission,” reports Svan. “The effort is aimed at easing the burden on service members faced with increased operational demands at a time when the force is smaller than it has ever been, officials said.”
Also being eliminated is a requirement that all units have an airman trained to manage top-secret material.
Brass finally realized additional duties assigned at the unit-level affects Air Force members’ ability to focus on their core missions.
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