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Commentary | Sept. 15, 2022

ESD supervisors will be re-programmed to senior enlisted in the upcoming assignment year

By Annie Sheehan, MyCG writer

Senior enlisted members within the electronics technicians (ET) and information system technicians (IT) ratings will have more opportunities to serve in a leadership position beginning in assignment year 2023 (AY23). Electronic Systems Support Detachments (ESD) supervisors will be re-programmed for ETs and ITs at the E7, E8, and E9 pay grades.

This shift will provide a greater delineation of responsibilities between senior enlisted members and chief warrant officers (CWO), and will provide linear career guidance to the workforce. It also fixes the enlisted career pyramids of both ratings, granting a level of balance to a healthy advancement flow.  
“I want the workforce to make clear informed decisions and not be solely influenced based on pay or jobs” said Master Chief Petty Officer Shawn W. Swanson, the Electronic Technician Rating Force Master Chief. “This will ensure the right people choose the right professions.” 
Within this new program structure, senior enlisted ETs and ITs will assume greater levels of leadership, including developing the enlisted workforce while also executing the mission support role as ESD supervisors. As senior enlisted, ESD supervisors will be placed on the trajectory for command senior enlisted leadership (CSEL) roles and the Master Chief Advancement Panel (MCAP).  
Chief warrant officers are the technical experts within a specialty. With their personnel management experience, they will fulfill roles with an organization-wide view monitoring requirements and progress of strategic initiatives. This group will be instrumental in the development, testing and evaluation, implementation, and life cycle management of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, and Intelligence (C5I) programs.  
Ultimately, this releveling will standardize the ESD community's organizational billet structure, which will create greater order and efficiency within the C5I community.