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WAPS testing: Are you ready?

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Are you prepared for Weighted Airman Promotion System testing? If not, now is the time to get ready.

The technical sergeant/master sergeant promotion cycle, which begins Feb. 1 and ends March 31, 2009, and the staff sergeant promotion cycle begins May 1 and ends June 15, 2009.

Airmen are responsible for the following:

-- Know when they're eligible for promotion
-- Know their testing requirements
-- Review the 2008 WAPS Catalog: https://www.omsq.af.mil/TE/WAPSCat.pdf
-- Obtain and study the correct material, to include non-CDC references, at least 60 days prior to the start of the testing cycle
-- Contact their Unit WAPS monitor when testing material is not received or correct
-- Maintain the issued material until it is superseded or no longer needed
-- Be prepared to test on the first day of the cycle

Each year, an initial issue of CDCs is provided to Airmen when they become eligible for promotion to the next higher grade for the first time. This is referred to as an initial issue.

After the initial issue, Airmen only receive changes to previously issued material if changes were made.

For example, if a new volume or supplement is printed, this new material is sent to the Airman to add to the previous year's material. Airmen must maintain their issued CDC materials for next year's testing until superseded or no longer needed.

WAPS study material is ordered every August and mailed to each base during the months of September/October. If you were supposed to receive a new set or changes and have not received them by Dec.1, contact your unit's WAPS monitor.

Airmen who lose or fail to follow up on obtaining their CDCs through their own negligence can purchase a set of replacement material from HQ AU/A4L for $20.

Each Airman is responsible for promptly following up with the unit WAPS monitor when materials are not received or are incorrect, before their scheduled testing cycle begins.

Remember the words of Benjamin Franklin: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."