Airman’s Manual Quick Reference Cards Available For Unit Purchase

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  • By U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Public Affairs Staff
  • USAFEC Public Affairs

The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center released the latest version of AFTTP 3-4, Airman’s Manual in late 2022 and now the Quick Reference Cards are available in hard copy format via unit purchase.

The Airman’s Manual provides individual Airmen with the basic tactics, techniques, and procedures necessary to support Air Force warfighting roles while forging a warrior ethos and mindset. As the force shifts its force presentation model, Airman readiness requires expeditionary skills to operate and survive in a combat environment. With the combat environment in mind, the Airman's Manual Quick Reference Cards provide information Airmen may need in the field to respond to common challenges. The main portion of AFTTP 3-4 contains long form explanations to support trainers. Attachment 2, the Quick Reference Cards, was developed to be easily printed in part or as a whole to support field operations.

“Whether used in parts or as a whole, the QRCs are meant to provide information at the point of need,” said Tech. Sgt. Patrick Joyner, USAFEC Combat Support Doctrine Manager. “The new distribution model is meant to provide units the ability to scope their needs and shifting mission requirements to get the information where they see fit, in a format that suits their needs.”

The full Airman's Manual, to include the QRC (Attachment 2), is currently available on the Combat Support Doctrine Repository, by way of AF e-Publishing. The USAFEC partnered with the Quick Series publishing company to provide units with a one-stop solution to order full QRC booklets. Units can contact the company and complete a Government Purchase Card order to have a shipment in route within days. Quick Series is taking orders now, with their first print run of booklets arriving for distribution late February 2023.

"To generate the fighting force of the future, Airmen will need information tools to reinforce their pre-deployment training. The flexibility of the manual allows a unit to tailor the QRCs to a specific mission or meet a commander's desire to equip their Airmen with the necessary tools to increase capability," said Col. Joe Vanoni, USAFEC Director of Operations, Logistics, Plans and Analysis. "If a commander wants their Airmen to have the full suite of checklists to enhance readiness throughout the pre-deployment training cycle, we now have an easy button."

In addition to the ready-made solution, units are free to use the digital manual provided on the Combat Support Doctrine Repository to pare down the 110 checklists and visual aids to focus in on the information most impactful to their mission set.

“We do discourage mass stockpiling of printed QRCs,” Joyner said. “The Airman's Manual re-enters formal review every 2 years, so massive stockpiles could become obsolete overnight. The multiple acquisition options are meant to enable units to purchase as needed, as opposed to needing multi-year supplies.”

To download the QRCs and access printing information, click here.