Force employees need to understand the environmental requirements of their job and how to comply; all family members living in military housing need to understand how their behavior affects the environment and how to change it appropriately; and all contractors doing business with the Air Force need to understand how the environmental performance of their companies and their products will be factored into Air Force purchasing decisions. Each of these behavioral changes represents a major education and training challenge.


The Air Force is using several techniques for changing internal behavior. They include education and training, changes to accounting systems that "make polluters pay" and give "corporate" visibility to environmental compliance costs, creating pollution prevention scorecards that measure organizational progress toward meeting pollution prevention objectives, and using environmental protection committees (EPCs) to give leadership and high level visibility to how well organizations are meeting the program objectives.

Education and Training

Most people care about the environment and want to do the right thing environmentally. Showing people how to do their jobs in a way that protects the environment is one of the cornerstones of the program. Accordingly, the internal environmental education and training program reaches each and every Air Force employee. Different jobs have different requirements, and the curricula and methods for delivering the training are tailored accordingly. All recruits entering the Air Force receive environmental training as part of their basic military training. Airmen and officers whose jobs involve dealing with hazardous materials receive more in-depth, specialized training. The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) offers a variety of environmental short courses, including one specifically on pollution prevention. Each installation pollution prevention manager is encouraged to take this course, and central funding is provided as an incentive. AFIT also offers master of science degrees in environmental management. Traveling teams from the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence conduct regional training courses, in cooperation with the EPA, for all individuals at installations responsible for executing pollution prevention programs at the installation level. The Air Force Academy also offers degrees in environmental science and environmental management. The Reserve Officers Training Corps offers scholarships to students studying environmental sciences.

Courses required for enlisted members to advance in rank include environmental training. The Air Training Command conducts 105 technical training courses specifically for enlisted members and provides detailed training on hazardous material and hazardous waste management. Orientation courses required

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