The printed version of the 2011 Air Force Professional Development Guide will be delayed until late December, but you should not use that as an excuse to forgo preparation for upcoming promotion cycles.
Promotion cycles, including the upcoming 12E8 senior master sergeant promotion cycle Dec. 5-16, will not be affected by the distribution delay, according to a press release from Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs.
Airmen are encouraged to download a digital version of the guide at the Air Force e-publishing website . The digital version has been available since April and meets the service’s requirement for making study materials available at least 60 days before a test date. Though the digital version says it’s “not for implementation,” an Air Force Personnel Center’s Enlisted Promotions and Military Testing Branch official said there is no difference between this version and the printed one that will be distributed in late December.
Air Force Publishing Distribution Center transitioning its operations from a facility in Baltimore to the Army’s Media Distribution Division in St. Louis, Mo., is the reason for the publishing display.