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The new Professional Development Guide, or PDG, AFPAM 36-2241, is now available. Effective date of the new guide is Oct. 1, 2013. Master sergeants testing this December will be the first examinees to use the guide to prepare for promotion testing. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Sylvia Saab)
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New Professional Development Guide available

Posted 6/17/2013   Updated 6/17/2013 Email story   Print story


by Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

6/17/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH - Texas  -- The new Professional Development Guide (PDG), AFPAM 36-2241, is now available at

Printed guides will be distributed to all promotion-eligible active duty Airmen in the grades of E-4 through E-8 and airmen first class with at least two years in service. Base and unit Weighted Airman Promotion System monitors will assist with the distribution of printed guides slated for early fall.

Effective date of the new guide is Oct. 1, 2013. Master sergeants testing this December will be the first examinees to use the guide to prepare for promotion testing.

To assist Airmen studying for promotion, PDG study tools including audio files, interactive exercises, smart phone and computer applications, e-Reader files and Military Knowledge and Testing System (MKTS) survey results are also available. Airmen can access these tools on the Airman Advancement Division's website at New interactive exercises will be posted monthly on the site to enhance Airmen's knowledge of the PDG.

Additional information and updates can be found on Facebook at

10/24/2014 12:30:15 PM ET
Does anyone know when the 2014 MKTS results will be available.
2/24/2014 3:48:34 PM ET
For those trying to access try instead
SSgt J.M., Colorado
2/11/2014 2:35:51 PM ET
I tried to use the link for the the and it isn't working no matter what browser I'm using.
SSgt Rachel Nagel, Presidio Of Monterey
7/3/2013 2:34:31 PM ET
Very annoying that the AF Portal has posted that the New PDG year 2013 is available on E-Pubs and you find out that the 2011 year is still loaded. Double check for accuracy before posting Featured Top Stories.
TSgt M, Edwards AFB
7/2/2013 5:57:35 PM ET
They printed these again I thought the 2011 version was supposed to be the last hard-copy We're cutting civilian's pay and base programs are being reducedcut because of budget contraints and yet we're still wasting money Should be completely electronic.
MSgt Sturos, Holloman AFB
6/25/2013 4:27:24 AM ET
MSgt P if you go to the Professional Development Branch link under the related links list above you can click on the PDG and get the full copy of it. Hopefully they will update the e-pubs page soon.
MSgt Rudd, RAF Menwith Hill
6/24/2013 8:48:40 AM ET
Good morning Has anyone found a link to the 2013 edition of the PDG From e-pubs I can only access the 2011 version.Thanks in advance.
MSgt P, Langley AFB VA
6/23/2013 12:33:44 PM ET
Instead on bashing the method or approached in publishing this update we need a brief opinion on the content. I immediately looked at chapter 9 for all of the impact driven biographies of the current and former CMSAFs. I believe it set the stage for empire building and personal focus when these biography for the current an most recently retired CMSAF appear before history has had a chance to cement to viewimpact of these leaders. The AF should withhold the impact stories for at least 5 years post AF-career for the folks. I can only imagine that a great portion of the current CMSAF's time will be centered on wondering what the PDG will say about hisher career.
Chief-Retired, Southenr California
6/21/2013 4:25:08 PM ET
DC Maxwell AFB we are all supposed to expect perfection. Have you ever heard the term 'Excellence in all we do' That is a simple little reminder that we're not supposed to accept any thing less than the best. We owe it to our selves eachother and the citizens we have sworn to defend. Although perfection is the goal which we almost always fall short of we should all be big boys and girls and accept criticism when we make mistakes. There isn't any room for hurt feelings in the USAF We have a job to do
Unimpressed, USA
6/21/2013 8:00:42 AM ET
@DCI am no longer an instructor but I did spend some time in the AETC arena. Since you said it was supremely important to use grammar properly please share your thoughts on these items. What does paragraph 1.24.4 have to do with IraqAfghanistan What is going on with the third sentence of paragraph 1.24.5 What does paragraph 1.24.6 have to do with IraqAfghanistan What does paragraph 1.24.8 have to do with IraqAfghanistanWhat do you think about the paragraph after 1.24.12
Proof Read, Much
6/20/2013 1:47:49 PM ET
ORF I am an instructor and I think proper use of grammar is supremely important. I hope you notice that you also made a grammatical error in your response to me. You left out the TO in between commitment and excellence. I would never question your commitment to excellent from that simple mistake. That is the point I am trying to make. We are human therefore we are flawed. Cut people some slack. Quit expecting perfection unless you are willing and able to deliver the same.
DC, Maxwell AFB
6/20/2013 8:03:13 AM ET
@DC - What Proper grammar and usage is taught in Grade School. The use of proper grammar speaks volumes about one's commitment excellence. If we can't trust them to have a level of excellence on the little things how can we trust their level of excellence on the big things
6/20/2013 1:33:52 AM ET
It'd be nice if the story contained a link directly to the PDG.
TSgt. Sayers, Tinker AFB
6/19/2013 11:33:07 AM ET
Here is another link to the PDG
6/18/2013 1:44:33 PM ET
Reading the comments on this story confirms my suspicion that we have people in the Air Force who make zero mistakes. Clearly you dont understand the core value of Excellence in All We Do if you equate grammatical errors we can all make with someones commitment to excellence.
DC, Maxwell AFB
6/18/2013 12:46:27 PM ET
Click on the Image that has images of all the past PMEPDG Covers That will open the 2013 version.
MSgt Bowers, Beale AFB
6/18/2013 12:35:23 PM ET
Airmen don't the attached link to get your
Chief, Eglin
6/18/2013 11:58:04 AM ET
I wish that the Air Force would proof read the PDG before they publish it. I have only looked through it for a few minutes and have already found numerous grammatical errors. Are we not supposed to have Excellence in All We Do
Proof Read, Much
6/18/2013 10:10:15 AM ET
Beg to differ both PDG links take you to the old PDG. Next time SAFPA needs to double check the facts and linksd before posting an article as this reflects poorly on you and the AF.
Bystander, Nellis AFB
6/18/2013 9:54:49 AM ET
Looks like a rush to push the new PDG out and forgot to publish the right yr...
MSgt Torres, Ankara
6/17/2013 3:08:29 PM ET
I just read the article. The problem is that at the moment of typing this comment e-publishing lists only the 1 Jul 2009 and 1 Oct 2013 versions. The 1 Oct 2011 version is not listed on e-publishing and the PDG website is loading the 1 Oct 2013 version under the 2011 link.
TSgt Rob Mrowiec, Goodfellow AFB
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