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Printing delay for enlisted guide won't delay promotion testing

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Distribution of the printed version of the 2011 Air Force Pamphlet 36-2241, Professional Development Guide, will be delayed until late December.

Promotion cycles, including the upcoming 12E8 senior master sergeant promotion cycle Dec. 5-16, will not be affected by the distribution delay. The delay is a result of the Air Force Publishing Distribution Center transitioning their operations from the facility in Baltimore to the Army's Media Distribution Division in St. Louis, Mo.

"While the printed version of the Professional Development Guide won't make it to individuals before December, Airmen can go online to the e-publishing website and download the digital version of the PDG to use," said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Helfer, the Air Force Personnel Center's Enlisted Promotions and Military Testing Branch chief.

The online version of the newest PDG was posted on the Air Force E-Publishing website in April and met the Air Force's requirement make study materials accessible at least 60 days prior to a test date. While it has the "not for implementation" moniker attached to it, Helfer said "there is no difference between the online version (dated Oct. 1, 2011) and the printed version being distributed in December."

The "not for implementation" moniker is used by Air Force E-Publishing when an approved revision is made, but hasn't become effective. The newest PDG becomes effective Oct. 1.

Airmen concerned about not having a printed version of the PDG to study can download the online version into portable digital devices like smart phones, e-readers and tablets.