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Web career tool strengthened

My Development Plan now â€"one-stop” for career-related planning

Senior Airman Scott Alberts, an airman with the 62nd Maintenance Squadron, steadies a C-17 Globemaster III main wheel assembly on a bead breaker recently while servicing aircraft tires at McChord Field’s wheel and tire shop. /Abner Guzman

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) - The Web-based career tool for total force airmen, known as My Development Plan, is undergoing changes aimed at positively affecting the Air Force and its members' futures, officials said Tuesday.

With a total force focus, MyDP is geared to help users make informed decisions about their career with information available at one site. Airman can access MyDP at

MyDP's primary goal is to be the "one-stop shop" for all career-related applications, from career progression to potential job assignments.

Presently, the site averages more than 23,000 user logins per month with members taking advantage of various networking opportunities and discussion forums. Exciting future additions, such as Career Path Tool and enhancements to the existing mentoring application will provide users even more capability to make informed decisions about their careers.

"The Career Path Tool has incredible potential for career development for officers, civilians and enlisted Air Force members," said Patrick Hogan, the Air Force Acquisition Career Management director.

"More importantly, for perhaps the first time, supervisors, coaches, mentors and individuals will soon have one place to look for development paths, position information, projected vacancies and links to other essential career information," Hogan said. "The power of the interactive tool will facilitate and help integrate both next assignment consideration and long term career development planning."

MyDP already gives individuals instant access to their records, career field information, and a consolidated career summary - all from one Web site. Members can also use various forums to discuss career-field-specific information or other relevant matters with fellow members throughout the Air Force.

"A quick search in the MyEDP forums will reveal that somebody else has already asked the exact same question I have, which saves a great deal of time," said MyDP user Staff Sgt. Jonathan Rethford, an IT project manager for Air Force Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems. "I would encourage other airmen to use this resource before making decisions that could have major career impacts."

While there will be noticeable cosmetic improvements to the site in the coming months, such as redesigned menus, the key changes will be found with the relocation of "career impacting" applications to the MyDP application, said Lt. Col. Paul Burger, the Force Development Information Technology Integration chief. "Our goal is to eventually place all career-impacting applications on MyDP, providing easy access for the total force."

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