The job skills needed for today — and tomorrow — are rapidly changing. Advances in technology mean workers must be trained in cognitive and interpersonal skills that help them adapt to new requirements. These skills are known as 21st century skills. In this Perspective, the authors share research from the private and education sectors on 21st century skills — and suggest ways in which further exploration could inform and improve U.S. Air Force efforts to increase agility of its airmen. The authors give a brief definition of 21st century skills and compare the term's common competencies to those of the Air Force. The research approaches suggested could ultimately inform the continuum of learning and development in the Air Force.
Herman, Rebecca, Samantha E. DiNicola, Charles P. Armentrout, and Shirley M. Ross, Improving 21st Century Skills in the U.S. Air Force. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2019. https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE275.html.
Herman, Rebecca, Samantha E. DiNicola, Charles P. Armentrout, and Shirley M. Ross, Improving 21st Century Skills in the U.S. Air Force, Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND Corporation, PE-275-AF, 2019. As of November 16, 2021: https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE275.html