Eglin to Test New Defense Personnel System

Eglin AFB is among nine sites the Air Force has chosen to test a new defense personnel system.

Ten labor unions are suing to stop the new National Security Personnel System. Critics say it will make hiring, promotions, transfers and pay raises more political, but Air Force officials plan to begin the program.

Eglin is among the first Air Force sites where it is to go into effect on a trial basis beginning in July.

Lorene Stanford is the director of the system's program office at Eglin. She says there will be better control for managers over payroll and could result in higher starting pay to new college graduates who show promise.

It also would scrap a ranking system that assures employees of pay raises based on seniority.