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From the Top: Plan helps you reach leadership potential

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Citizen Airman/Apr 2011 -- Reserve development plans are critical tools to identify the next generation of Air Force Reserve leaders. The Reserve Officer Development Plan allows officers to communicate their career goals to senior leaders within their career field, and soon a Reserve Enlisted Development Plan will be available. A 20-minute investment can significantly impact your ability to achieve your leadership potential.

The development plan, which should be updated at least annually, allows you to identify desired participation categories. You may also indicate your willingness to compete for in-residence development education or key leadership opportunities. In short, the development plan informs senior leaders, commanders and board members of your intentions.

Sixty to 90 days prior to a scheduled development team board, career field managers send information to the field instructing Reservists to review their military records and update their development plan. Reservists then have the option to share the plan with a mentor or send it directly to their rater, commander or senior Reservists for endorsement. When the board meets, it evaluates each individual's records and provides a vector in line with the Airman's desires, goals and potential.

We need to put the right people in the right place at the right time, and development plans help us do that. Development teams are so important for molding our future leaders that we are expanding their use. The Air Reserve Personnel Center conducted the first enlisted DT board for chief master sergeants last August and will add DTs for senior master sergeants this summer.

As a command, we are working diligently to implement the development plan process to assist all members in managing their career progression. Additional information is available online through the virtual Personnel Center-Guard and Reserve or by contacting the ARPC Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.