Air Force Releases New Computer Based Training To Increase CBT Efficiency fodcheck October 19, 2012 Air Force 13 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: RANDOLPH AFB, TX – The Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) announced Friday the fielding of a Computer Based Training (CBT) module to reduce the time spent on CBTs. “This is the Air Force’s attempt to reduce the time spent on mandatory CBTs,” said LtCol Michael Lee, AFPC Coordinator for Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century (AFSO21). “There are multiple and redundant CBTs airman must accomplish each year along with many more that must be completed the last week prior to deployment.” “This CBT alone will save the Air Force an estimated $1.3 billion and countless man hours,” Lee said. “With the drawdown of forces and tightening of budgets, this innovative idea could possibly save the Air Force. We believe this will collectively save 4500 years of airmen’s time.” AFSO21 is an AF program intended to make operations leaner and more efficient while still improving quality. Meeting in a small office tucked away in the meandering halls of AFPC headquarters at Lackland AFB, Lee provided Duffel Blog a personal lesson on the innovative techniques. After thirty minutes of failed attempts to log into the network however, LtCol Lee spent part of his afternoon across town fixing account problems. Once on the AF network in his office, Lee mentioned the CBT is found on Airmen Distance Learning Service (ADLS). In order to complete the training, personnel need to create a 21-digit password, that includes 7 numbers, 5 special characters, and 2 upper and 7 lower case letters. The high-security pass code must also rhyme with “unicorn”. “It may take 10-15 minutes to get the right combination,” Lee said, “but it will be well worth it in the end. In addition, this will re-hack the password creation training the Air Force mandates. Airmen still need to complete the 60 question test on ADLS in order to receive full credit.” The 45 slide training presentation takes about 90 minutes to complete. Lee walked through the slides mentioning, “these techniques can be used in all parts of the Air Force and could possibly save the Air Force.” “The key to reducing time spent on CBTs,” Lee read from the slides, “is to not read any of the information in the CBTs. Individuals should just click through all the slides as fast as possible. If there are any tests or quizzes, get the answers from Wikianswers or a fellow Airman.” Lee’s team of 25 airmen developed this technique over a 2-year period. Following the full implementation, they feel it will make for significant changes to the way business is done. “Airmen will complete their non-stop list of CBTs much faster,” said Captain Matthew Green, the program CBT’s coordinator. “Hopefully they will apply this technique to every aspect of the Air Force from finance to flying.” “Hell,” Green said, “this should be applied to every aspect of Air Force culture. Before you know it, all boring commander’s calls and SARC briefings will be whittled down to nothing.” After two weeks of fielding the training, the AFPC AFSO21 team reported no significant decrease in CBT times. The ADLS tech support though has reported a record number of phone calls related to password creation. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/M6JA7 Jason Holbrook says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM This is great. Deb Lefkovitz Spiece Compton says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM The key to all training is ‘reading”… if individuals would actual read the document presented it would reduce the number of phone calls and time wasted answering questions that are in the document they read to get to the phone number… CBTs were invented to reduce personnel, ok got it… but individuals are creatures of habit. thinking they are actually going to read versus clickling thru to get this stupid screen off the computer is ignorant. Everyone is looking for the quickest way to get to the end of the boring document in front of them. Figure out how to make individuals actual read what you are presenting and you might get your point across. Justin Dailey says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM It’s sad how believable this is. Mike Harris Sr. says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM Farva, your still suspended! David Larson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:24 AM I sincerely hope this is accurate because what we’re currently dealing with, at least within the Traditional Guard aspect, our Guardsmen have no time to actually perform hands-on training because they’re always stuck behind a damned computer, bogged down by these redundant CBTs. And frankly speaking, I can’t speak for all AFSCs, but for Air Trans, 3/4 of our current CBTs are worthless in terms of advancing our airmen. David Winslow says: January 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM Why a picture of using PPAS? Someone needs to do a preflight on that jet… Taylor Crowe says: January 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM CBTs on how to do CBTs…it’s uncomfortably plausible. I mean, I did just come from a unit with checklists on how to build briefings about how to make checklists… Doug Andriuk says: January 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM If it wasn’t on Duffle Blog, I would probably believe it. Jonathan Boyd says: January 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM Favorite part “After two weeks of fielding the training, the AFPC AFSO21 team reported no significant decrease in CBT times.”…I get it! Chase Roush says: January 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM If it wasn’t so close to the truth, it would be funny… okay, yeah, it’s funny. AMMO! Michelle Lotz-lynch says: October 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM The air force is behind on the army with this brilliant plan….just try to access your Ako account but don’t try to memorize it cause 6 months later you have to make up a whole new one….I usually put in name of someone I hated and added ass hat… LowSpeed HighDrag Cadet says: October 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM AKO: The only email system that fills up your inbox with emails to warn you that your inbox is about to be filed up…and locks you out of your account when you update your password….. Crazy Cracker says: October 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM oh how cute! my little pony!