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The 81st Training Group initiated the Direct to Duty Technical Training program earlier this year to test the attainability of training Airmen at their assigned base, skipping the costly and timely process of technical training school. The trial tested the possibility of sending Airmen from basic military training straight to their assigned base. As a result of the program’s success, the Personnel Apprentice Course leadership implemented the program for their class of prior-service students. “We were hoping to speed up the training for students and save valuable resources,” said Jennifer DesJardin, 335th Training Squadron PAC instructor supervisor. “Eliminating the need for travel saves time and money and allows students to stay with their families.” The students cross-trained to become personnel apprentices, a job which includes analyzing Air Force policy and providing recommendations to leadership and Airmen on benefits, entitlements, career progression, retention and relocation programs. The class of nine students were made up of active duty Airmen, guardsmen and reservists. Three members of the class initially served in other military branches. Being able to attend the class online allowed Staff Sgt. Ambreh Miranda, 129th Civil Engineering Squadron Moffett Federal Airfield Mountain View, California, customer support administrator, was able to care for her children, who were completing school virtually due to COVID-19. “It was very convenient for me to balance my work and family life,” Miranda said. “Caring for my children in the morning before taking the course at work gave me the opportunity to focus on my training while also caring for my family.” Eliminating travel and quarantine, the class completed the course in four weeks, compared to the projected eight weeks it usually takes, and saved approximately a total of $75,000.