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Air Force Education and Training

Joining the Air Force provides a wealth of educational opportunities. In addition to the training and education provided by the Air Force during service, many options outside of the military become available. After completing an Associate’s degree with the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF), airmen have a vast number of Bachelor’s programs open to them, which can lead to advanced degrees. Officers likewise have the ability to proceed on to a Master’s or even Doctoral program. For both, Tuition Assistance (TA) helps obtain a degree while still serving, while the GI Bill provides maximal benefits when used after separation.

Finding a meaningful program of study is also important when considering options for further Air Force education and training. Universities have started to offer very diverse programs of study in the past decade, allowing students the option of remaining in their current field even after transitioning to the civilian world. This option is open even to those who have served in specialties such as intelligence or counterterrorism. When considering further Air Force education and training, students should keep programs that will allow them to capitalize on their current skills and experience in mind.

While they are extremely valuable, Veteran’s Administration benefits can also be confusing and difficult to navigate. While base education offices are often helpful, finding a school that is used to working with military members and the VA can save a student a lot of time and headaches. Individual schools can also shed light on which benefits package to choose, when multiple options are available, and how to make the best of any given package. Prospective students should begin exploring benefits options at the beginning of their college searches, and should ask college representatives whether they have experience with military students.

When furthering your Air Force education and training, military-friendly schools can also be helpful for other reasons. They are accustomed to student deployments, and are more likely to have policies in place to handle unexpected orders. They are also more likely to be used to an older student population, with students who may work full-time or have families. Meanwhile, military students are very unlikely to encounter any sort of hostility related to their service, and are likely to find a welcoming atmosphere in student discussions. Distance education options are also especially valuable to students who seek to further their Air Force education and training. Taking courses online allows airmen and officers to continue their education despite PCS moves. Although this will not be an option for everyone, some students have even been able to continue coursework while deployed.

Prospective students who are new to online education should not let this deter them. A good online university will make its courses and procedures straightforward, and will be willing to answer questions when asked. Many officers who earned their degrees from brick-and-mortar institutions have found the transition to online education easy. Meanwhile, those who have taken courses through CCAF will already be comfortable with online learning. Prospective students should remember that online courses require students to take more initiative, and that finding the time to study or complete assignments may not be as easy as it sounds. However, the qualities that serve airmen and officers well in the service will also translate well into educational endeavors.

Although finding and completing the right degree or certificate program is no small challenge, the benefits it can add to your Air Force education and training are worth the effort. Further education can mean a promotion, a better position, or a better civilian career upon separation. Therefore, prospective students should seriously consider their educational options.

Are You Wasting All Your Education and Training?

Why Knowing What To Do and How To Do It Is Not Enough

This e-zine continues with the theme of building the bedrock foundation of your business–you!

Why Jill Had Trouble Succeeding

Jill returned to her business after attending an exciting conference held by her franchise. The conference had wonderful, exciting speakers who gave her detailed information about how to make her business a great success. It was all there; step-by-step. All she had to do is follow their plan to get great results.

She started out great guns, but now, after four months, she seemed to lose her focus. There seemed to be so many urgent things that distracted her from the main things she was supposed to do. Now she was again working too many hours. She felt stressed.

Feeling stressed was especially bothersome to Jill. She had learned that stress made you grow older faster. She read a scientific study that said, “Study confirms that stress helps speed aging. Scientists have identified the first direct link between stress and aging, a finding that could explain why intense, long-term emotional strain can make people get sick and grow old before their time.”

Jill felt disappointed because she wasn’t sustaining her success and was feeling high stress.

Obviously, Jill knew what to do to run her business successfully. She had times when she ran her business extremely well. Now she seems to have lost her touch. She was working long hours and making less money. What was happening? Why isn’t she maintaining and sustaining her success? Why would she sabotage herself this way?

The Answer to Jill’s Problem

The answer lay in her beliefs and attitudes about herself. Jill is comfortable only at a medium level of success. This is the infamous “comfort zone”.

Jill was wasting her hard-earned education and training. In addition to knowledge and skills, you need the right mindset. This includes believing in yourself, feeling worthy and deserving of success, being confident, having high levels of energy, and a strong desire. Believing that you are great and that others are great will give you the best results over the long run. Those that believe they are better than other people often succeed, but at the cost of having poor relationships. Obviously, those that believe they are not as good as others do not do well.

Let’s call all those things I just mentioned, your self-perception. If you rate yourself a five on a scale of one to ten, where one is low and ten is high, your level of success will be medium. If you start performing better than that, let’s say at level 8, you will start to feel uncomfortable and start performing at a level that causes you to slide back to a five. Which is exactly what Jill did.

How well you perform in the outside world is regulated by your inner self-perception. As others have said, you create success from the inside out. Napoleon Hill understood this (only he did not express it in quite this way) when he wrote his famous book, “Think and Grow Rich”.

For long lasting, stress-free success, you not only have to invest in outside skills like delegating, time management, selling techniques, etc., you also need to invest in improving your inside– your self perception.

So, ask yourself:

1. What percentage of your time do you spend on improving your mental attitude, emotional attitude, life balance, and mastery over habitual behaviors?

2. What percentage of success in life and business do you believe is due to mental attitude, emotional fortitude, life balance, and mastery over habitual behaviors?

Compare your answers to these two questions. Does the amount of time you spend on improving your mental attitude, emotional fortitude, life balance, and habit mastery reflect what you really believe?

Summary

The success of your business rests on you. To build a life and the business of your dreams, you have to have the right mental attitude, emotional fortitude, life balance, and mastery over habitual behaviors. No matter how learned or how skillful you are, your self-perception determines how successful you can become. The higher your self-perception, the higher your level of success.

What Your Business Get From Ongoing Education and Training

Running a business requires hard work, and part of that includes ongoing education and training, not only for managers and executives, but also for staff members.

Today, not many people realize the value of trainings and seminars within organizations. In fact, many see them as an unnecessary expense and a complete waste of time. What they don’t know is that continuous business education is encouraged for all kinds of industries. To understand the importance of these trainings and workshops, read on.

1. Teach people how to teach others. When a person learns how to make $5000 in a month, for example, he or she will have the capacity to share the newly acquired knowledge to others. This becomes infectious as more and more people will have the ability to help others succeed in their own way.

2. Make people become important assets to their company. When staff members experts in their respective jobs, they can be assets to their team and to the company. They know the ins and outs of their jobs, thus they become valuable members whose opinions and skills contribute to the organization’s success.

3. Develop new talents and hone old skills. When employees and managers undergo skill-specific and developmental trainings, they learn new things as well as sharpen existing knowledge. As a result, they become better at their jobs. They are more efficient, more knowledgeable. This makes them effective and more productive. For new business owners, business education can make them effective social entrepreneurs.

4. Give people an advantage. Learning new things and honing one’s skills makes leaders and employees a chance to step up their game. They become more confident in everything they do. Thus, they are always one step ahead of their competitions.

5. Allow people to chase after their dreams. Education teaches us a lot of things and one of them is to be a free range human. What does this mean? When you’re able to run a business, earn substantial amounts each month and be able to frolic around the world, that’s what being a free range human mean. Simply put, you’re able to remotely oversee your business yet do the things you’ve always wanted to do. So if you’ve always dreamed of travelling around the globe, you can do so now. You can spend every fortnight in a different country if you so wish to without jeopardizing operations. With this kind of lifestyle, surely, running a business would never be the same again.

With the help of the right education and training, you can now live the life you’ve always wanted – free to do whatever you wish to and earn as much as you want to. Be a free range human today!