Continuum of Learning
Did you know AETC is reimagining how Airmen are being developed by empowering the learning enterprise to be proactive vs reactive? Have you heard of the "Continuum of Learning" and want to know more about how training, education and experiences are being combined to prepare Airmen with current and future competencies? Check out this quick overview of the Continuum of Learning, AETC's new learning paradigm, and how it works hand in hand with Airmen and overall force development!
Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel command chief of Air Education and Training Command, breaks down how the discussion of how the revamped Continuum of Learning will move forward to help develop highly educated and skilled Airmen as they progress through their Air Force career.
Air Education and Training Command is reimagining the way Airmen learn through the Continuum of Learning, a paradigm shift in education, training and the capitalization of experiences. This video explains modular learning.
Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, discusses how the revamped Continuum of Learning will move forward to help develop highly educated and skilled Airmen as they progress through their Air Force career.
Air Education and Training Command is reimagining the way Airmen learn through the Continuum of Learning, a paradigm shift in education, training and the capitalization of experiences. This video explains competency based learning.
Air Education and Training Command is reimagining the way Airmen learn through the Continuum of Learning, a paradigm shift in education, training and the capitalization of experiences. This video explains blended learning.
Air Education and Training Command is reimagining the way Airmen learn through the Continuum of Learning, a paradigm shift in education, training and the capitalization of experiences. This video explains the Airmen's Learning Record.
Air Education and Training Command is reimagining the way Airmen learn through the Continuum of Learning, a paradigm shift in education, training and the capitalization of experiences. This video explains on-command and on-demand learning.

The Continuum of Learning Defined

 

Air Education and Training Command is reimagining how Airmen are developed, through a paradigm shift in education, training and capitalization of experiences in a new concept: The Continuum of Learning.


The effort officially kicked off with a leadership summit, in which AETC senior leaders, wing commanders, command chiefs and superintendents conducted a deep dive into the Continuum of Learning redesign.

The Continuum of Learning initiative is a shift to better focus how Airmen learn by integrating education, training and experience in ways that allow them to learn anytime, anywhere throughout their careers. The end goal is to create a culture of lifelong learning.

"So in our business of national security, where our job is to fly, fight and win...our job is to prepare for the unexpected. Our job is to win...no matter what. We better be masters at this game of innovation." –Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command

 

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Continuum of Learning News

  • Former U.S. forces translator graduates OTS

    A former translator in Iraq for U.S. and Iraqi forces, Riyadh Aljammaly was direct commissioned as a captain in the Air Force in July 2014, and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Officer Training School in May of this year, now serving as the medical director and sole psychiatrist of the mental health clinic at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, where he provides care to more than 6,000 special operations Airmen.
  • Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency, vol. 2

    The Air Force’s top defender notes the relevance of air base defense to the entire service community and it’s criticality to airpower itself.
  • Airman’s dreams come true: His story

    Dreams come true everyday. For Airmen, some want to travel the world, some want to become a general and others want to have a family. Dreams, however, do not happen on their own. It requires sacrifice, dedication and working smarter and harder than you have before. This truth stares each of us in the face everyday. If you choose to acknowledge it and apply it, your dreams can come true. Just ask Senior Airman Jalen Thompson.
  • Air University Fellows Program offers two-year developmental opportunity for officers as students, faculty

    As the U.S. Air Force’s pinnacle institution, Air University leverages select Airmen for a two-year developmental opportunity on campus as part of the AU Fellows program.
  • "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" goes behind the scenes of breaking industrial age paradigms

    A behind the scenes look at breaking long-held, industrial age paradigms is the theme of episode nine of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast series, released May 13.
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Air University collaboration

    For current or future Air Force commissioned officers, two names represent the pinnacle of education within the force. While these flagship institutions have, up to now, worked mostly independent of one another, Air University and the U.S. Air Force Academy have come together to formally synchronize their efforts for producing future leaders for the service.
  • AU students produce research on innovative leadership

    Two Air University students attending separate courses presented new research on how change is influenced and promoted within the Air Force.
  • Texas native earns ACE award at Sheppard AFB

    SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Through hard work and dedication, Airman 1st Class Stiphanie Y. Cumbal, 363rd Training Squadron maintenance management production apprentice course student and Texas native, earned the prestigious ACE award. The award is given to Airmen who maintain a 100% average throughout the entire 33-training-day course.
  • Airman aces fuels systems apprentice course

    Iron sharpens iron. The Air Force is known for tempering young men and women into future leaders, warriors and Airmen. All Airmen are sharpened, mentally and physically, and there are some that forge themselves with excellence. This Airman has done just that, with the knowledge gained from his instructors and wingmen and his pure determination for excellence.
  • North Carolina native aces fuel systems apprentice course

    Reaching the rank of Tech. Sgt. does not mean you're set in your Air Force career. Excellence in all we do, that means we strive for our greatest from Airman Basic to Chief Master Sgt., when in uniform and out. This Tech. Sgt. shows that excellence is not a one time occurrence.
  • The 41st FTS paves the path for T-6 procedures

    When it comes to the mission of Columbus Air Force Base where we Cultivate Airmen, Create pilots and Connect, the priority of the 41st Flying Training Squadron, also known as the Flying Buzzsaws, is to create pilots, but they also contribute by cultivating innovative leaders.
  • OTS beta courses aim to test shortened commissioning program for SNCOs

    Today, Air Education and Training Command officials are reimagining how Airmen are developed and are announcing two beta course tests that would shorten the officer commissioning program for senior NCOs from 40 training days to 14 training days.
  • Curriculum development highlighted on latest "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" podcast

    The seventh episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast series, was released April 15. In the episode, Master Sgt. Bryan Dudley, the emergency manager training flight chief for the 368th Training Squadron at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and a detachment of the 82nd Training Wing based at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, talks all things related to innovation and the future shaping of the learning environment.
  • Keesler graduates first non-prior service CWO student

    Airman 1st Class Josephino Cambosa, 333rd Training Squadron student, became the first non-prior
  • Sheppard Airman aces aircraft fuel systems course

    “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell
  • Deployed JBSA NCO earns Navy warfare qualification badge

    Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Eley, a Joint Network Control Center team lead attached to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and deployed from the Unified Capabilities Assessment Program, 346th Test Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, earned recognition as a U.S. Navy enlisted information warfare specialist April 1.
  • Senior service school students wrestle with global chaos in AU exercise

    The National Defense Strategy calls for “seamless integration of multiple elements of national power—diplomacy, information, economics, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and military.” Wargames are one method the U.S. and allies use to improve their competitive edge against adversaries of freedom and prosperity.
  • How SOS is "flipping the classroom" focus of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen"

    The sixth episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's podcast series, was released April 1. In the episode, a team of experts from the Squadron Officer School at Air University talk about how they are flipping the classroom, adopting immersive training (including VR, AR, mixed reality) into the learning experience space, helping to better professionally develop Air Force captains.
  • RAF partners with PTN to innovate pilot training pipeline

    After a visit in May 2018 to the Pilot Training Next facility in Austin and facing a pilot shortage, the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force is taking innovation to the next level with the inclusion of a student and an instructor pilot in the second iteration of the class.
  • AFIT graduates 234 masters and doctoral STEM students

    The Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Engineering and Management awarded 234 advanced degrees at the National Museum of the United States Air Force March 21. The graduating class included 203 Air Force officers, two Air Force non-commissioned officers, eight Army officers, two Marine Corps officers, and 15 civilians. The school also graduated three international students from Australia and Brazil.
  • Sheppard crew chief apprentice student earns ACE award

    Nine blocks. Eighty training days. Six hundred forty hours of hard work and concentration. This is what it takes to become an Air Force crew chief apprentice.
  • "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" explores PTN 2.0

    The fifth episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's podcast series, was released March 18. In the episode, Lt. Col. Paul Vicars, the director of Pilot Training Next, sits down to discuss the second iteration of AETC’s innovative and experimental approach to learning, based at the Armed Forces Reserve Center near the Austin-Bergstrom (Texas) International Airport.
  • PTN innovations to be formally integrated into undergraduate pilot training

    Beginning May 31, 2019, flying training wings will formally begin integrating innovations from Pilot Training Next into the undergraduate pilot training curriculum,19th Air Force officials announced at the PTN Technology Expo held here March 12-13. Taking lessons learned and data derived from technology use during PTN, the idea is to blend those training approaches and content into the syllabi for specific T-1 Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II and T-38C Talon aircraft flights at UPT wings to accelerate student learning and build better aviators for the future.
  • Pennsylvania native aces munitions systems apprentice course

    Ace awards are not just given they are earned through sweat and determination. An Airman who receives the ace award are an embodiment of the Air Force's third core value - excellence in all we do. To receive the Ammo Ace Award the student must achieve a 100 percent on all seven block tests in the Munitions Systems Apprentice Course.
  • "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" talks innovation, future learning environment in episode four

    The fourth episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast series, was released March 7. In the episode, a team from the Headquarters AETC A9Z division, which focuses on Engagements and Assessments, talks all things related to innovation and how the command is looking at the future shaping of the learning environment.
  • Lab Life podcast brings Air Force science, tech to listeners

    From supersonic flight to GPS and space food, big developments come out of the Air Force Research Laboratory. The “Lab Life” podcast provides listeners insight into the fascinating work and lives of the people who lead the discovery, development and delivery of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces
  • Faculty Next creates lifelong learners

    The 17th Training Wing at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, recently introduced a new seminar focused on active learning teaching methods for faculty members, called "Faculty Next."
  • Holloman adapts FTU training to increase lethality, readiness

    Innovating through inspiration from AETC's beta-testing of a new cloud-based learning services ecosystem, the 16th Training Squadron at Holloman AFB, New Mexico is diversifying how they train their MQ-9 Reaper student pilots and sensor operators - by putting the power of learning into the student's hands with a tablet.
  • Air University Press releases spring 2019 Air and Space Power Journal

    The Spring 2019 Air and Space Power Journal, published by Air University Press, is available at https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/ASPJ/.
  • Learning different skills prepares Airmen for joint task forces

    Providing combatant commanders more lethal and ready Airmen to support joint operational taskings is a top priority for Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. For Airmen to more successfully operate in the joint operations of today’s dynamic security environment, Goldfein has communicated the need to focus development that allows Airmen to gain joint proficiency earlier in their careers, including training opportunities.
  • Innovation, scalability & data the focus for Pilot Training Next 2.0

    Innovation, ability to scale rapidly and use of big-data to drive decision-making are the three focus areas for the second iteration of Pilot Training Next 2.0, now underway in Austin.
  • First Air Force Total Force Recruiting School graduation a milestone toward integration

    As the Air Force moves forward on making recruiting a Total Force concept, it reached a landmark Feb. 22 with the first Total Force graduating class at the recruiting schoolhouse.
  • Goodfellow team shows off trainng ops to 2nd Air Force commander

    Goodfellow Airmen welcomed Maj. Gen. Timothy Leahy, 2nd Air Force commander, for a three-day tour of
  • Episode three of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" podcast series released

    The third episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast series, was released Feb. 25.
  • Displaying a dedication to the Air Force for generations to come

    His brown eyes flickered to the ceiling where a light had gone out – it was his task to replace it. After climbing a ladder, his strong hands began exchanging the burnt bulb with a new one. He looked below and saw Col. David Buck, his wing commander, striding towards the command office and his mind was racing – he had just recently gained his bachelor’s degree. While he knew the colonel was busy, he could not help feeling he needed Buck’s advice on commissioning. “… I said I wanted to help Airmen and he told me to become a chief,” said Senior Master Sgt. John Chacon, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron superintendent. “Twenty three years I’ve been in the Air Force, I’ve wanted to be a chief since 2009.”
  • Learning Next open house showcases radical changes

    Fly. Fight. Win. This is the collective mission of Airmen in the United States Air Force. At the
  • Keesler launches course to train seasoned instructors on active learning environment

    The 81st Training Support Squadron completed the first small group tryout of the new Enhanced
  • New Air Traffic Control Trainer Course better prepares Airmen to control the skies

    The Air Force recently developed an Air Traffic Control Trainer Course, the first trainer course designed for a specific career field, to improve retention rates.
  • AFIT participating in MIT leadership pilot program

    The Air Force Institute of Technology will participate in a pilot test of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s new Leadership Academy for Scientists, Engineers, and Researchers (LASER) program. This new program targets early-career scientists, engineers, and researchers teaching them to break down the traditional silos between engineering and management with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to leadership.
  • AETC launches podcast focused on “Developing Mach-21 Airmen”

    AETC has launched the "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" professional development podcast to communicate and inform the Total Force across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development of Airmen.
  • AFIT Graduate School selects first permanent senior military faculty member

    Lt. Col.  James Rutledge, Ph.D., P.E. is AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management’s
  • Pilot training moving at the speed of innovation

    The implementation of virtual and augmented realities by the 80th Flying Training Wing is creating a portfolio of tools that allows instructor and student pilots alike to enhance the learning experience within the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, the world’s only internationally manned and operated combat pilot training program.
  • South Dakota ANG sergeant aces aircraft fuel systems course

    A South Dakota native and member of the Air National Guard's 114th Fighter Wing Sioux Falls, S.D. aced his technical training school at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, with perfect scores on his block exams.
  • Gudgel: Industrial Age way of teaching giving way to innovation

    Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, AETC command chief master sergeant, said Jan. 31, 2018, during a three-day visit to North Texas that Sheppard AFB is leading the charge on challenging the status quo, training Airmen in a different and meaningful way, and employs equipment and innovation in a way that creates a new and exciting experience for new Airmen entering the Air Force. It’s the new process of developing Mach-21 Airmen using 21st century tools and technology.
  • 19th AF, AFWERX collaborate on “Learning Next” flying training initiatives

    Key stakeholders for three 19th Air Force flying training pipelines gathered at the AFWERX facility in Las Vegas Jan. 14-18 to identify key problem areas and determine executable solutions for the start of the command’s “Learning Next” initiatives.
  • 97 AMW boom operators prepare for future KC-46 students

    The 56th Air Refueling Squadron has been training the past few months to ensure they are ready for the arrival of the KC-46 Pegasus. While simulators are useful, scheduling and usage can create delays that slow the process of training. That is where part-task trainers, or PTTs come into play.
  • 335th TRS powers up manpower course

    The 335th Training Squadron recently released the new manpower apprentice course. The improved
  • US Air Force Academy advertises new enlisted academic instructor positions

    For the first time in Air Force Academy history, enlisted Airmen will be deliberately hired for faculty teaching positions. The Air Force Personnel Center began announcing Jan. 23 the need for senior noncommissioned officers to fill enlisted academic instructor positions at the school. While enlisted, Airmen have been instructing cadets for decades at the Academy, they have not been directly assigned to the Academy as accredited academic faculty instructors.
  • Evolution of an intelligence course

    Adaptability is the key to air power. Most people serving in the Air Force have heard this phrase.
  • AFIT earns new research classification ranking

    The Air University’s Air Force Institute of Technology entered the category of High Research
  • VR videos now part of pilot training at Laughlin AFB

    With technology ever-evolving, the Air Force believes its training should too. Virtual reality, or VR, is growing quickly, and Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, is hopping on the bandwagon.
  • Keesler unveils innovative classroom environment for ‘Mach 21 Airmen’

    The 81st Training Support Squadron held a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house celebrating the completion of the SCALE-UP renovation project in Alee Hall Jan. 10The 81st Training Support Squadron held a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house celebrating the completion of the SCALE-UP renovation project in Alee Hall Jan. 10 here.
  • Multi-domain career opportunity available for AF officers

    Team Little Rock commanders were briefed on a new career field the Air Force has developed for
  • Graduating in record time

    Competence is the constant, not time! Airman 1st Class Devin McDivitt, 268th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., graduated from the cyber transport 54-day training program in a record-setting 18.5 days.
  • Air University wraps-up “mega” NCOA course for Tyndall students

    Air University’s Barnes Center for Enlisted Education graduated Noncommissioned Officer Academy “mega” class 19 Alpha One on Dec. 20, 2018, showcasing total force coordination and support in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.
  • OTS restructures program to increase quality, quantity of officers

    The Air Force’s Officer Training School is changing the paradigm for building officers, pivoting away from separate programs for line and non-line officers and conducting merged classes beginning in January 2019.
  • Airmen take advantage of virtual reality paint booths

    Members of the 359th Training Squadron’s Detachment 1 recently installed two 3-D virtual reality paint trainers in their schoolhouse, which graduates about 1,200 Airmen annually in the aircraft structural maintenance, low observable aircraft structural maintenance and non-destructive inspection career fields.
  • F-35 FTDs to get 7 new advanced courses

    Starting in early 2019, seven newly created advanced courses for F-35 avionics technicians and crew chiefs will be implemented to continue to improve our Airmen by increasing their proficiency in the newest aircraft in the Air Force arsenal.
  • Air Force rolls out Flight Commander’s Edge program

    Air University’s newest effort to revitalize squadron-level learning and support leaders on the
  • C-130 crew chief course gets rolling with new GITA

    362nd Training Squadron crew chief apprentice course students at Sheppard Air Force Base have a newer, updated MC-130P Combat Shadow to use as a ground instructional training aircraft that brings some important, advanced technology to the training arena.
  • Personalized Learning Cohort members gain insight on Luke’s pilot training mission

    Members of the School of Superintendents Association Personalized Learning Cohort recently visited Luke Air Force Base to collaboratively research, inspire, empower and amplify educators’ work to transform education.
  • BMT curriculum changes focused on inspiring, developing Airmen

    Air Force Basic Military Training is transforming trainees into more combat ready Airmen with changes to the curriculum that are entirely focused on readiness and lethality, Airmanship, fitness, and warrior ethos.
  • Virtual Reality around the Circle: Squadron Officer School

    The idea of virtual reality has been around for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that it became mainstream technology. Air University’s Squadron Officer School is the first school around the circle that has integrated the use of virtual reality into their curriculum. SOS provides leadership development for Air Force captains during a six and a half week course, which now includes the use of virtual and mixed reality. The SOS Learning Sciences and Technology Studio offers multiple virtual reality programs as part of their Immersive Learning Experiences, and their newest program is the Mixed Reality Learning Experience or MRLx.
  • Intelligence Officer Training launches “Learning Next” beta course

    The 315th Training Squadron has embarked on a new initiative to meet Air Education and Training
  • 81st TRG standardizes Airmen development

    The 81st Training Group initiated a test phase on a new program called Airmanship 200 for courses
  • FYI: Continuum of Learning

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  • Doing More With More: 97 AMW Squadron Superintendents Course

    At the head of every unit, there is a triad of leadership: it is the commander, first sergeant and superintendent who are charged with leading, training and disciplining their Airmen who complete the mission. Commanders and first sergeants undergo formal training on handling their units, but superintendents never went through any formal training…until now.
  • Cloud-based Air Force learning ecosystem to give control and “21st Century speed” to Airmen

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Air Education and Training Command officials announced the
  • Pilot Training Next cadre discuss lessons learned, way forward

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland - Air Education and Training Command officials announced the second
  • HQ AETC appoints new Chief Learning Officer

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, commander of Air Education and
  • State of AETC: An interview with the commander

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas—Nearly six months after he became the commander of Air
  • CoL: Lifestyle Change from Civilian to Air Battle Manager

    Second Lt. April Albanese, a 337th Air Control Squadron air battle manager instructor at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, is living her Air Force dream but it hasn’t been without a few trials along the way.
  • Undergraduate Pilot Training; there’s an app for that

    The 80th Flying Training Wing entered this year’s Air Education and Training Command Innovation Challenge after successfully creating an app to make more than 1,500 pages of necessary documents available to its pilots via handheld device.
  • Innovation and determination;AETC award winner

    A member of the mighty 97th earned the Air Education and Training Command Category One 2017 Civilian Supervisor of the Year award.
  • Goodfellow continues to improve training

    Goodfellow is no stranger to winning awards. Recently, Goodfellow was recognized for winning the
  • Practice makes perfect: Defenders use new virtual simulator to enhance skills

    A phrase often heard throughout the military is “train the way you fight,” and while not always possible for every situation, for the 82nd Security Forces Squadron, it’s virtually possible.
  • When failure leads to success: 365th TRS wins AETC Adapt Award

    The 365th Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, has received the Air Education and Training Command Continuum of Learning Innovation Adapt Award for failing at a concept but developing lessons learned to one day reach their desired result.
  • AETC announces 2017 Innovation Challenge winners

    Air Education and Training Command announced this year’s five winners of the 2017 Innovation
  • 19th Air Force experts transform flying training syllabi

    It started with a homework assignment from the commander in June 2017.Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty,
  • 80th FTW leadership try out mixed reality simulator

    Leadership at the 80th Flying Training Wing were able to try out a mixed reality simulator at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, March 7, 2018, as part of a process to determine if the software and technology can enhance undergraduate student pilot training.
  • 2017 Innovation Challenge: AETC lauds Continuum of Learning efforts

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, TEXAS--Air Education and Training Command will announce this year’s
  • Airmen selected to participate in new cyberspace direct appointment program

    The Air Force recently selected the first two candidates for a newly created cyberspace officer
  • Airmen gauge fear of heights in virtual simulation

    Electrical systems apprentice course Airmen in Training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, donned a virtual reality headset Jan. 26, 2017, to test their limits with simulation that gauges their ability to work in high places.
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