HomeNewsArticle Display

CHIEFchat: TA rumors, slowing the growth of pay, benefits

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- During his latest CHIEFchat, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody put to rest rumors of changes to tuition assistance. He also discussed military pay and benefits, the growing cyber domain, and master sergeant evaluation boards.

Despite what Airmen could potentially be reading or hearing, Cody said, “There are no specific discussions going on right now about anything to do with tuition assistance or our educational benefits from within the department.”

Cody said he, along with senior leadership, understands the importance of education; it is, for many service members, one of the top three reasons why they joined the military. The Air Force will continue to ensure technical training and professional military education programs are accredited.

“Our Airmen have seen some modifications over the last couple of years on how we’re going to make that a sustainable program,” Cody said of tuition assistance. “There’s no lack of commitment by the Air Force to continue to press forward and make sure there is funding available.”

Slowing the growth of pay and benefits

Aside from TA, pay and benefits has been another area where Airmen have seen some recent changes.

Cody stressed that the Air Force has not cut anything from military basic pay, basic allowance for housing or basic allowance for subsistence, but the service needs to slow the growth in those areas.

“I think it’s important that we understand, between 2001 and 2012 our pay and benefits increased 40 percent,” Cody said. “I think everybody can appreciate we can’t sustain that kind of growth.”

He added that the slowing in growth in no way implies that Airmen and their families are not entitled to what they earn today.

“They have earned it,” Cody said.

Cyber domain

The next topic Cody discussed is an area within the Air Force that he said is growing and will continue to grow -- the cyber career field.

“The cyber domain is constantly evolving, and trying to get on the front side of that curve is extremely challenging,” he said.

While it is challenging, Cody said he feels the Air Force is prepared, ready to respond, and able to defeat any threats that exist. To identify and beat those threats, Cody said the 1B4X1, Cyber Warfare Operations career field will grow from 200 Airmen to nearly 800 Airmen during the next two years.

Master sergeant board

For technical sergeants that will be meeting the master sergeant evaluation board, Cody stressed there’s nothing they should worry about, as expectations have remained the same.

“(We) haven’t added anything into what was required before – nothing,” Cody said. “We expect our Airmen to be working hard, doing their very best and we’re going to acknowledge that by looking at their records.”

Cody said the promotion boards came about because the Air Force wants to ensure it is promoting Airmen in the right order, not because it has been promoting the wrong Airmen.

CHIEFchat is a recurring initiative, designed to give Airmen around the world a direct connection to the chief master sergeant of the Air Force. The chief received questions via video message, social media outlets and from members of a studio audience.


Facebook Twitter
We're proud to introduce the 2019 Air Force Warrior Games team! The 40 team members will compete during the… https://t.co/mQVxXwip01
#MedalofHonor recipient #USAF Col. (Ret.) Joe M. Jackson was interred @ArlingtonNatl today. Known as an #AirForce H… https://t.co/Q4H59xYGA3
RT @AFSpace: "If at first you don't succeed, fly, fly again!" @NASA_Astronauts @AstroHague completed his first #spacewalk on Friday while r…
This #HercWork was truly herculean! Eight units. Seven days. One team. Recently #C130 J units from around the globe… https://t.co/QzsEWlCOqK
#ICYMI, @SecAFOfficial recently met with @Offutt_AFB leaders & elected officials to discuss the base's rebuilding e… https://t.co/FDVGeNlTi0
The #USAF is looking for men and women for the 2019 Armed Forces Triathlon June 19-23, in Ventura County,… https://t.co/Dqjgj02qC8
Part of being in the military involves traveling to foreign countries. The #380AEW Host Nation Coordination Office… https://t.co/6mKtO5NWqj
Sharp eyesight is key to an #Airman’s readiness to fly, fight & win. This #AirForce Tech Report highlights how… https://t.co/MaxAEXIOpz
Next-generation warfighting is all about data...yet sometimes our email doesn’t even load. @USecAF_Official is driv… https://t.co/5DsspMgYv8
Today is #MedalofHonorDay and we take a moment to honor our nation’s greatest heroes who have received the highest… https://t.co/B5CVsuV3vX
From foster kid to #Airman, mentor and raising the #AirForce’s next generation. @TeamMisawa https://t.co/7NmxHqOJGe https://t.co/vVoVVnjEgf
Riveting story! Learn more about Ms. Mae Krier, a #WorldWarII pioneer who joined legions of other Rosies in the wor… https://t.co/0QUBOzh4Rr
RT @HollomanAFB: Happy #NationalPuppyDay! Our #MilitaryWorkingDogs protect and defend us each and everyday. Check out these #adorable photo…
RT @AirForceMag: HIT THE BOOKS: Check out a non-exhaustive list of Air Force Chief of Staff @GenDaveGoldfein's reading recommendations from…
Some of us are women, but we are all Airmen! #WomensHistoryMonth https://t.co/pcBtWWIiE6
.@GenDaveGoldfein: "Celebration of #diversity and making sure we understand the flesh colored band aids is not abou… https://t.co/iUqNbSpCPB
.@RAFMildenhall #KC135 crew strengthened relationship with Romanian #AirForce through air refueling training. For m… https://t.co/8dGvm2HQwC
RT @SecAFOfficial: Mother nature can’t beat the 55th Wing! We will recover @Offutt_AFB from the devastating flood. Amazing American 🇺🇸 spir…
Today the #AirForce announced a new Infrastructure Investment Strategy following a yearlong review that brings a ne… https://t.co/i1yDRQkaPl