This may be old news by now, but a reader sent me this a few weeks ago. He was a 17-05 graduate who wanted to share what he had heard regarding the TFOT course changes.
Class 17-07 and 17-08, I am eagerly awaiting to hear of any major changes!
- No more TFIT – just the 8-week TFOT course. The indoctrination phase will be shortened to only a couple days. They will rely on the prior enlisted members to help the non-priors get up to speed.
- There are now about 40 hours of CBTs to replace the courses that were removed from the syllabus. Completing the CBTs is a prerequisite to attending TFOT. The good news: incoming cadets can test out of many of these CBTs. This should save prior enlisted members a lot of time. (Admin note: I have heard the testing out tests are no joke, so take them seriously! – airforceotsguy)
- There will actually be two more classroom days. I believe this will be achieved by moving things around in the schedule and by removing some of the non-classroom material. For example, my class 17-05 had 5 days of Combatives, while class 17-06 had 3 days; I can’t verify this will be the case for all future classes, but my assumption is this will be the types of changes made. Additionally, we had a lot of free time (OPS APT) at the end of our course. I think some of those days could be restructured to provide more classroom time. Again, this is speculation on my part.
- There will be substantially more Graded Leadership Positions (GLPs). We had 2 GLPs when I went through, but I’ve heard the new curriculum will call for somewhere around 4-6. I’m not sure where all of them are coming from, but I believe some of the additional duties will become GLPs. For example, there was discussion of the Academic Monitor becoming a GLP because they do a lot of work and that responsibility continues throughout the course.