Academy to gain 40 more AMTs
(Photo by Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson)
Story By Jennifer Spradlin, Jan. 14, 2019
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Academy’s cadet squadrons are scheduled to gain 40 noncommissioned officers by 2020.
Each cadet squadron currently has one Academy Military Training NCO. The AMT serves in a leadership role while also performing key administrative and developmental duties.
Senior leadership examined the 1-to-100 ratio between the AMTs and cadets and lobbied to return to pre-Sequestration levels in the squadrons to ensure the cadet’s well-being and development.
“The AMTs represent the backbone of the Air Force’s vast and diverse enlisted force,” Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin said. “The experience and motivation they bring shapes our cadets into the superior warriors and leaders we need.”
The new AMTs will increase the quality of cadet training as well as the work-life balance for the current AMTs, who serve in a four-year tour. AMTs are an integral part of training throughout the academic year and the summer, said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Bouchee, Cadet Wing command chief master sergeant.
“Eighty percent of the active duty Air Force is enlisted,” Bouchee said. “The AMTs bring an invaluable perspective to training.”
Enlisted personnel have been an integral part of cadet development since they were first embedded in the cadet squadrons in 1993.
[Editor’s note: The Budget Control Act of 2011 led to Sequestration — budget cuts across the U.S. government — that reduced funding for personnel across the Defense Department.]