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The U.S. Air Force is expanding its use of remote work for all civilian employees and service members stationed worldwide, the Dayton Daily News reported.

“The pandemic has shown we can be successful using telework in many areas of our mission, and it helps to bridge our current force structure to the force we need for the future,” the newspaper cited John Fedrigo, assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs, as saying in an Air Force memo.

The eligibility to work remotely will be determined by one’s commander, who will assess whether or not remote work would diminish the ability to successfully carry out a mission, the memo said. Staff positions are more suited for remote work than active-duty members, whose job is heavily reliant on in-person work, it added.

“With remote work, we can now attract someone with the specialized skills we need and not require them to relocate when it makes sense for the mission, the individual and a member’s development. We recognize the value these flexible work arrangements can have, in some circumstances, to enhance work-life balance and maximize organizational productivity,” Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, the Air Force’s deputy chief of staff, said in the memo.

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