Are you a 'structured' Airman?

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  • By Master Sgt. Shad Lochner
  • 22nd Civil Engineering Squadron first sergean
When you think of the word "structure," what comes to mind? Buildings, framework, skyscrapers and even towers are possibly some things of which you might think.

Structure is defined by Webster's dictionary as: "the action of building; something that is constructed; or something arranged in a definite pattern." 

Structure is defined in Air Force Instruction 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure. 

The Enlisted Force Structure, also known as "the little brown book," explains the responsibilities of every Airman, noncommissioned officer and senior noncommissioned officer in the Air Force. Below are brief synopses of each ranks specific responsibilities per AFI 36-2618.

Airman tier: Airmen basic through airmen first class are apprentices who are acquiring and demonstrating knowledge of military customs, courtesies, traditions and Air Force standards while learning both military and technical skills. All senior airmen should conduct themselves in a manner commensurate with established standards, thereby asserting a positive influence on other Airmen. Senior airmen must, at all times, present the image of competence, integrity and pride.

NCO tier: All NCOs must, both on and off duty, demonstrate the exemplary attributes expected of dedicated professional NCOs and are charged to:

  • Ensure personnel and resources under their control are effectively used.
  • Encourage and motivate on- and off-duty involvement in unit and installation activities by leading the way.
  • Lead the way in encouraging, participating and promoting physical fitness programs.

SNCO tier: All SNCOs must be alert to detect adverse morale trends and provide feedback to commanders, immediate supervisors, officers and staff chiefs. They must devote total effort in resolving the causes of any problem before it becomes a major issue. All SNCOs must also continue their personal and professional development to serve as an example for their subordinates to follow.

These responsibilities are not all inclusive, but following these basic guidelines will help keep you on the correct path and lead you to a successful career in the Air Force.

My challenge to each and every one of you is to know your role according to the Enlisted Force Structure and force me, and other first sergeants, out of a job.