Air Force instructor Tech. Sgt. Brandon Garcia, left, watches airmen Jacob Blann, center, and Michael Aytiah as they learn to service a KC-135 Stratolifter at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 13, 2018. (PEDRO TENORIO/U.S. AIR FORCE)
Air Force instructor Tech. Sgt. Brandon Garcia, left, watches airmen Jacob Blann, center, and Michael Aytiah as they learn to service a KC-135 Stratolifter at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 13, 2018. (PEDRO TENORIO/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Air Force shortens special duty tours

by Christopher Dennis
Stars and Stripes

Tours for Air Force military training instructors have been cut from four years to three after a survey found a sharp increase in assignment fatigue after three years in the roles, officials said.

“The Air Force is committed to returning our experienced and professional workforce to their operational career fields and reducing the unique stressors associated with these special duty tours,” said Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, Second Air Force commander.

The decision to shorten the tours came after a 2019 survey found that the number of military training leaders and instructors who lose motivation increases sharply after three years. Survey respondents said some of the main stressors that contribute to this assignment fatigue were difficulties finding a work-life balance, having to take on professional responsibilities outside typical duty hours, and time away from their operational career fields.

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