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Press Releases

09-17-13

McMillan's 2013 PDG Lineup Hits Shelves

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the worldwide leader in self-study materials for US Air Force members, recently announced therelease of its 2013-2015 PDG product line. The new study guides cover key information from the 2013 Professional Development Guide, helping Airmen prepare to take the Promotion Fitness Examination or United States Air Force Supervisory Examination after October 1, 2013.

McMillan debuted the lineup in July with updated releases of its bestselling PDG Advisor online study guide and PDG GOLD software. Both products boast more than 10,000 questions, making them the most comprehensive study aids for the PFE and USAFSE currently on the market. The company took to social media to notify the thousands of Airmen anticipating the launch.

In the months following, McMillan rolled out its full catalog of PDG study guides at a steady pace, including its classic manuals, condensed PDG AudioBook, PDG GOLD on CD-ROM, flashcards and suite of iOS and Android apps.

"Promotion rates are the lowest they've been in 15 years," said Susan McMillan Emry, president of McMillan Study Guides. "Testing well on both the PFE and SKT has never been more important. That's why it was vital that we release our 2013 PDG study guides quickly. The sooner we can get comprehensive, high-quality guides into the hands of our customers, the better they'll do on their exams."

McMillan's 2013-2015 PDG study guides are available for purchase on the company's website at www.mcmguides.com. PDG GOLD on CD-ROM, along with the PDG manuals and flashcards, are available in Base Exchange stores worldwide.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the premier publisher of promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce high-quality self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Ashly Raiti, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 18
805.545.0112 ext. 18
media@mcmguides.com

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06-05-13

McMillan Delivers First CDC Study Guide for Desktop and Mobile

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced the release of their new online study guide: CDC Advisor. Airmen can now study for promotion or upgrade training anywhere with an internet-connected device — a first for enlisted personnel.

Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel can study Self-Test Questions and Unit Review Exercises from more than 125 Career Development Courses in Advisor. Each user creates a personalized study plan, based on his or her learning style, study goals and schedule. As the user studies, Advisor generates progress reports with comprehensive summaries, as well as dynamic maps and graphs.

Kelly Laferriere, head of Customer Care, said, "We added new innovations, based on customer feedback, and kept the features that Airmen love in our Master Your CDC software."

The interactive study guide boasts a guided study option, two study games, multi-CDC exams and peer comparison reports. The reports measure the user's progress against other Airmen in his or her AFSC.

"CDC Advisor gives our customers what they want — a way to study CDCs on the go," said Susan McMillan Emry, president of McMillan Study Guides. "Now they can work through Self-Test Questions and Unit Review Exercises on their computer, then pick up where they left off on their mobile device."

Maximizing study time is more critical than ever, as promotion is increasingly competitive. NCO selection rates are dropping, due to high retention and the Air Force's gradual drawdown. In the June 3, 2013 issue of Air Force Times, MSgt Gisela Hawthorne, NCO in charge for enlisted promotions at the Air Force Personnel Center, urged Airmen, "That's the big ticket thing ... study your specialty knowledge skills based on the [career development course]."

Learn more about CDC Advisor, watch a demo or buy the new online study guide, visit McMillan's website at www.mcmguides.com

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com



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12-14-12

McMillan Giveaways Brighten Base Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company donates its popular study guides as prizes to Air Force bases worldwide.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, recently donated a complete set of its product line to Peterson AFB, CO. The acclaimed study guides were given as prizes in a Veteran's Day event hosted by the base Exchange store.

For more than 20 years, McMillan has supported Air Force bases worldwide with donations for holiday festivities, grand openings and customer appreciation days. Peterson is the 18th Air Force base to partner with McMillan for an event this year, a record high.

Among the other bases to receive giveaway packages in 2012 are Travis Air Force Base, CA, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL, Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK and Spangdahlem Air Base, GE. Each base received a complete set of NCO study guides, along with several SNCO guides and McMillan's custom-made squeeze toys.

"The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Base stores are very excited and appreciative," said Kelly Kubick, head of McMillan's Customer Care team. "We put a lot of work into making sure our study guides are the best on the market. Airmen are glad to win such high-quality products for free."

Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides, added, "It's fantastic that so many stores feature our guides as prizes. We're always looking for ways to give back to the men and women who serve our country."

McMillan also contributes to several nonprofits that serve military members and veterans. Recipients include Cup of Joe for a Joe, Fisher House Foundation, the Offutt Fallen Memorial, Supplies for Soldiers and United Through Reading. Since 2000, the company has donated more than $150,000 to such charitable organizations through the company's "Call-a-Friend" program. All bases with an Exchange system are eligible to receive McMillan's study guides as giveaway prizes. To learn more, please email mcmillansg@mcmguides.com or call 805-545-0112 between 9 am - noon, 1 - 4 pm PT, M-F.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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11-26-12

McMillan Introduces Revolutionary Online PDG Study Guide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced the release of their new online study guide: PDG Advisor. The first of its kind, Advisor adapts to the individual user's rank, learning style and online devices.

Advisor combines McMillan's proven 3-Step Study System with the Air Force's Military Knowledge and Testing System (MKTS) Survey to help each user master the material they're most likely to see on their exam. Now Airmen can pick up where they left off and study anywhere on their internet-connected devices. As the user studies, Advisor tracks and compares his or her progress to other Airmen.

"PDG Advisor really has it all," said Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides. "By covering the material most likely to appear on the user's exam while customizing their study experience, Advisor is able to remain focused and fun at the same time. What we have is a guide that's going to appeal to a lot of people, for a lot of reasons."

Based on the Air Force's 2011 Professional Development Guide, Advisor boasts more than 10,000 questions and ReviewNotes. It is the most revolutionary Air Force promotion study guide on the market, featuring instant updates, peer comparisons, and the option for guided study.

Kelly Kubick, head of the Customer Care department, was enthusiastic about user response. "In PDG Advisor, we've implemented a lot of features that users have been asking for. In addition, the most popular parts of our previous guides are included. It's a win-win situation."

The 3-Step Study System, a hallmark of McMillan's best-selling PDG GOLD software, returns in Advisor to help Airmen prepare for promotion exams by using a targeted approach to information retention. ReviewNotes summarize key points, single-answer flashcards reinforce correct answers, and multiple-choice questions by section challenge Airmen. Users can also take 100-question quizzes that mimic the PFE or USAFSE.

PDG Advisor is now available for purchase on McMillan's website at www.mcmguides.com Anyone who owns a currently active version of PDG GOLD can participate in McMillan's limited time trade-in promotion and opt to switch to PDG Advisor at no cost. The offer lasts for 15 days only, from November 28 to December 13, and can be accessed via McMillan's website.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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10-28-12

Airmen Hit the Jackpot in GOLD MINE Sweepstakes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced the winners of their GOLD MINE Sweepstakes' fifth-quarter drawing.

Grand prize winner, TSgt Philip Gant of Altus Air Force Base, OK, won a high-performance HP® Envy laptop and a copy of McMillan’s best-selling PDG GOLD software. First prize winner, MSgt Karen Dreitzler of Hurlburt Field, FL, chose an iPad® 3 with McMillan's all-in-one PDG Suite study app. SrA Gregory Skrjanc of Andrews Air Force Base, MD, took home the second prize — an iPod touch® with McMillan's MP3 AudioBook.

"After a couple test cycles of not being selected, I decided to give PDG GOLD a try. Using GOLD for a short period of time, I improved my score by 15 points!" said TSgt Gant. "McMillan's PDG GOLD really helped me get focused in a fun and meaningful way."

Since 2007, McMillan has awarded 63 Airmen with prizes totaling more than $60,000 through their GOLD MINE Sweepstakes. Each prize package gives winners the option of a Windows® or Mac® product, and a complimentary McMillan study guide to encourage Airmen to use their new device while preparing for test day.

"We want to thank our customers and help them effectively study at the same time. What better way to do that than with a powerful new study tool?" said Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides Inc.

Airmen who purchase and activate McMillan's PDG GOLD or Master Your CDC software are automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Enlisted Air Force personnel may also enter without purchase. For complete sweepstakes rules, visit McMillan's website at www.mcmguides.com.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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08-15-12

McMillan Study Guides Donates 1,500th Cup of Coffee for Troops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company reaches major milestone in support of Cup of Joe for a Joe program.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force personnel, today donated its 1,500th cup of coffee to deployed servicemembers through the Cup of Joe for a Joe program. Green Beans Coffee Company created the program in 2009 as a way to thank men and women in uniform while providing them with a taste of home.

"We believe in giving back to those who serve our country," said Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides. "As a company and as individual employees, we donate to Cup of Joe because it provides a chance to share our gratitude in a memorable way — with a kind note and a fresh cup of coffee."

Through the program's website, individuals and organizations can purchase a cup of premium coffee for $2 on behalf of a military member serving overseas.

To receive a Cup of Joe, servicemen and women sign up on the Green Beans website or at an on-base café. Within hours, they receive an email that lets them know a free drink is waiting along with a personal note from the giver.

Founded in 1996, Green Beans Coffee Company operates more than 75 cafés in 11 countries worldwide. Many of those cafés are located on military bases in Afghanistan, where amenities are few. The coffee shops provide a welcome respite for deployed servicemembers to relax and enjoy premium coffees, teas and fresh-baked pastries while listening to music.

McMillan also contributes to several other nonprofits that serve military members and veterans. Recipients include Fisher House Foundation, Offutt Fallen Memorial, Supplies for Soldiers and United Through Reading. Since 2000, the company has donated more than $150,000 to such charitable organizations through the company's "Call-a-Friend" program.

To learn more about Cup of Joe for a Joe, please visit www.greenbeanscoffee.com/coj.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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07-24-12

Studying Pays Off for Three More Airmen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced the winners of their GOLD MINE Sweepstakes' fourth quarter drawing.

Grand prize winner, SSgt Clyde A. McNeil of Misawa Air Base, Japan, won a high-performance HP® Envy laptop and a copy of McMillan's best-selling PDG GOLD software. First prize winner, SrA Mykal T. Tanner of Mountain Home Air Force Base, ID, selected an iPad® 2 with McMillan's all-in-one PDG Suite study app. The second prize went to SSgt Stephanie Tognotti of Lackland Air Force Base, TX, who chose an iPod touch® with McMillan's MP3 AudioBooks.

"PDG GOLD is the only way I study," said SSgt McNeil. "I highly recommend it!" SrA Tanner added, "I recently purchased PDG GOLD and Master Your CDC. Not only are they fun and easy — but they work!"

Since 2007, McMillan has awarded 60 Airmen with prizes totaling more than $60,000 through their GOLD MINE Sweepstakes. Each prize package gives winners the option of a Windows® or Mac® product, and a complimentary McMillan study guide, to encourage Airmen to use their new device to prepare for test day.

"Our GOLD MINE Sweepstakes are just one more way we give back to those who serve. Together with our guides, these Airmen can make the most of their new laptop, tablet or MP3 player," explained Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides Inc.

Airmen who purchase and activate McMillan's PDG GOLD or Master Your CDC software are automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Enlisted Air Force personnel may also enter without purchase. For complete sweepstakes rules, visit McMillan's website at www.mcmguides.com.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, includingbooks, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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07-24-12

McMillan Impacts Local Community Through New Volunteerism Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Company proudly recognizes employees' volunteer work with matching grants.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today awarded a $250 grant to the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services Division in recognition of an employee's volunteer work with the shelter. It is the first grant awarded through the company's new employee volunteerism program.

"Supporting our local community is one of our core values," said Gayle McMillan Smith, president. "We want our employees to know that we're proud of their efforts. That's why we spotlight their contributions with volunteer grants for the causes they care about."

McMillan awarded the grant on behalf of Amy Boyd, an employee who volunteers weekly at the shelter as a dog walker. "I really look forward to Saturday mornings at the shelter. It's satisfying to help exercise, socialize and train the dogs. Keeping them happy and healthy keeps me happy and healthy, too," Boyd said.

Animal services volunteers play a valuable role in shelter operations by walking, grooming and socializing the animals, providing adoption counseling and helping pet owners find lost animals. Volunteers also coordinate adoption events, perform clerical work and foster animals waiting for adoption.

To recognize outstanding community involvement, McMillan matches volunteer time with generous charitable donations. When a McMillan employee volunteers at least 25 hours with an eligible nonprofit, the company awards a $250 grant to that organization in the employee's name. Participants may earn up to $500 per year to benefit their favorite charities.

Since 2000, McMillan has donated more than $150,000 to charitable organizations through the company's "Call-a-Friend" program. Local beneficiaries include San Luis Obispo Mental Health Services, Woods Humane Society, Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter, The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, The de Groot Home and The Salvation Army.

Visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/AServ.htm to learn more about San Luis Obispo County's Animal Services Division.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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04-25-12

Airmen Join the Ranks of Sweeps' Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced the winners of their GOLD MINE Sweepstakes' third quarter drawing

Grand prize winner, SrA Brandon Alvarez of Key West, FL, won a high-performance MacBook® Pro laptop and a copy of McMillan's best-selling PDG GOLD software. First prize winner, SrA David Tierney of Dayton, OH, selected an iPad® 2 with McMillan's new all-in-one PDG Suite study app. The second prize went to SSgt Joseph Arnold of RAF Mildenhall, UK, who chose an iPod touch® with McMillan's MP3 AudioBooks.

"PDG GOLD is a great tool to study for your promotion test," said SrA Alvarez. "I highly recommend it to everyone!" SrA Tierney added, "The games and features make everyday studying a blast!"

Since 2007, McMillan has awarded 57 Airmen with prizes totaling more than $50,000 through their GOLD MINE Sweepstakes. Each prize package gives winners the option of a Windows or Mac product, and a complimentary McMillan study guide, to encourage Airmen to use their new device while preparing for test day.

"Our GOLD MINE Sweepstakes are just one more way we give back to those who serve. Together with our guides, these Airmen can make the most of their new laptop, tablet or MP3 player," explained Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides Inc.

Airmen who purchase and activate McMillan's PDG GOLD or Master Your CDC software are automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Enlisted Air Force personnel may also enter without purchase. For complete sweepstakes rules, visit McMillan's website at www.mcmguides.com.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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03-28-12

McMillan Donates to Help Erect Fallen Warriors' Memorial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

McMillan donates to Top 3 Association in support of memorial at Offutt Air Force Base.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today donated $500 to the Offutt Top 3 Association's new memorial for fallen service members. Set to debut on Memorial Day, 2012, the Fallen Memorial recognizes more than 60 military personnel who gave their lives in service to our nation.

The Offutt Top 3 Association is a non-profit organization comprised of both active duty and retired senior enlisted personnel from all branches of the military. Their organizational goals include mentoring junior enlisted personnel and fostering esprit de corps, recognition, professional development and enlisted heritage.

Offutt Top 3 committee member, MSgt Dave Vasser, explained the motivation behind the Fallen Memorial. "As of today, we have processed over 60 service members through Offutt AFB to their home towns in Nebraska and Western Iowa. We would like to build a memorial to show the families that we are here for them and remember their sacrifice."

The bronze memorial, cast in the shape of a soldier's cross, will sit atop a concrete surround on the parade field at Offutt AFB. Service plaques for each of the five military branches and an inscription plate will appear on the base of the memorial.

"We recognize the tremendous sacrifices of our nation's military families and we honor them as we do our fallen soldiers," said Susan McMillan Emry, vice president of McMillan Study Guides. "We commend the Offutt Top 3 Association for their service and are grateful they thought to involve us in this enduring tribute to the families."

To learn more or to donate to the Offutt Fallen Memorial, please visit www.offuttfallenmemorial.com.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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03-13-12

McMillan Debuts Full Line of Android Study Apps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Four popular PDG study apps make their way to the Android OS — just in time for promotion testing.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced the release of their full line of PDG study apps for the Android OS. In response to customer requests, McMillan retooled their entire line of Apple-device apps to provide enlisted Airmen with the same powerful study tools for their Android devices.

Following the release of their iOS apps in 2011, McMillan surveyed customers to gauge interest in a line of Android study apps. "We take customer suggestions very seriously," said Kelly Kubick, manager of the customer care department. "One of the ways we serve our customers is by asking which study guides they would like to see in our lineup."

On the heels of an overwhelmingly positive customer response, McMillan's research and development team worked quickly to bolster what is already the most complete and varied line of Air Force study guides available.

"One challenge we faced with our Android apps was seamlessly integrating the apps across multiple user interfaces," said Daniel Brannon, director of software development at McMillan Study Guides. "The vast number of Android devices on the market made standardizing the display, touch sensitivity and overall user experience key to producing an app that meets McMillan's high standards of quality."

The apps, which are compatible with a variety of Android smart phones and tablets, including Amazon's Kindle® Fire, are based on the Air Force's 2011 Professional Development Guide. Each unique app helps enlisted Airmen prepare for the Promotion Fitness Examination and United States Air Force Supervisory Examination.

PDG Made Easy!, PDG in a Flash! and PDG Final Exams! provide complete coverage of the PDG in ReviewNote, flashcard and practice exam formats, respectively. PDG Suite combines all three apps and adds a fourth option to study multiple-choice questions by chapter.

McMillan's Android apps are available for purchase on their website at www.mcmguides.com/products.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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02-21-12

McMillan Donates to Unite Military Families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

McMillan donates to support read-aloud program for separated military families.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today awarded an inaugural donation of $500 to United Through Reading® in support of its service to military members. The non-profit organization promotes the read-aloud experience for separated families worldwide.

"Supporting our local and military communities is one of our core values," said Susan Emry, vice president. "Together, with organizations like United Through Reading, we're proud to positively impact the lives of those who serve." McMillan also funds several other nonprofits that serve military members and veterans, such as the Fisher House Foundation, Supplies for Soldiers and Cup of Joe for a Joe.

United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to read storybooks to their children via video-recordings. The experience helps ease the stress of separation and build family resiliency by creating a positive emotional connection. The organization, founded in 1989, serves more than 325,000 beneficiaries each year, with a total of more than one million beneficiaries to-date.

Since 2000, McMillan has donated more than $150,000 to charitable organizations through the company's "Call-a-Friend" program. Local beneficiaries include Woods Humane Society, Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter, The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, The de Groot Home and The Salvation Army.

To learn more about United Through Reading, please visit www.unitedthroughreading.org.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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01-26-12

McMillan Unveils All-in-One PDG Study App for Airmen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New mobile app offers enlisted Airmen multiple ways to study for promotion exams on their iOS devices.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced the release of their all-in-one iOS study app, PDG Suite. Building on the popularity of their existing Apple-device apps, PDG Suite gives Airmen the only complete mobile study solution.

PDG Suite, based on the Air Force's 2011 Professional Development Guide, boasts more than 10,000 questions and ReviewNotes. It is the most comprehensive on-the-go study app for the Promotion Fitness Examination and United States Air Force Supervisory Examination.

PDG Suite combines McMillan's three existing apps, PDG Made Easy!, PDG in a Flash! and PDG Final Exams!, with a new option to study multiple-choice questions by chapter in PDG Choice!

"Our customers requested an app with multiple-choice questions by chapter and we delivered," said Daniel Brannon, director of software development at McMillan Study Guides. "With PDG Suite, we exceeded expectations by offering Airmen our complete 3-Step Study System in one app."

The 3-Step Study System, a hallmark of McMillan's best-selling PDG GOLD software, helps Airmen prepare for promotion exams by using a targeted approach to information retention. ReviewNotes summarize key points in PDG Made Easy!, single-answer flashcards reinforce correct answers in PDG in a Flash!, and multiple-choice questions by chapter challenge Airmen in PDG Choice! Users can also take 100-question quizzes that mimic the PFE or USAFSE in PDG Final Exams!

"Start with an overview, reinforce the details and then test your knowledge," explained Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides. "Those steps help ensure your success on test day, and PDG Suite puts all these tools right on your iOS device."

NCO and SNCO versions of PDG Suite are now available for purchase in Apple's App Store. McMillan plans to release Android versions of PDG Suite and their entire line of apps this spring.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

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Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
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01-26-12

Airmen Strike Gold in Sweepstakes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — McMillan Study Guides Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced the winners of their GOLD MINE Sweepstakes' second-quarter drawing.

Grand prize winner, SSgt Jarrod Nave of RAF Lakenheath, UK, won a high-performance Windows® laptop and a copy of McMillan's best-selling PDG GOLD software. First prize winner, SSgt Zachary Cooper of Fort Walton Beach, FL, selected an iPad® 2 with a suite of McMillan's mobile study apps. The second prize went to TSgt Robert Wagner from Spangdahlem Air Base, GE, who chose an iPod touch® with McMillan's new MP3 AudioBooks.

"McMillan Study Guides has one of the best software programs I have ever used," said SSgt Nave. "I recommend PDG GOLD to all my troops and friends who are testing for their next rank." SSgt Cooper added, "I used PDG GOLD to make SSgt the first time because it perfectly caters to my learning style."

Since 2007, McMillan has awarded 54 Airmen with prizes totaling more than $50,000 through their GOLD MINE Sweepstakes. Each prize package gives winners the option of a Windows or Mac product, and a complimentary McMillan study guide, to encourage Airmen to use their new device while preparing for test day.

"Our GOLD MINE Sweepstakes give enlisted Airmen the chance to win great prizes for leisure and study. Together with our guides, Airmen can transform their new laptop, tablet or MP3 player into a powerful study tool," explained Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides Inc.

Airmen who purchase and activate McMillan's PDG GOLD or Master Your CDC software are automatically entered into the sweepstakes. Enlisted Air Force personnel may also enter without purchase. For complete sweepstakes rules, visit McMillan's website at www.mcmguides.com.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides Inc.
800.821.1338 ext. 33
805.545.0112 ext. 33
media@mcmguides.com

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01-16-12

Top Airmen say "Test Me Now!"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA -- McMillan Study Guides, Inc., the premier publisher of self-study materials for US Air Force members, today announced significant changes to their Test Me Now! online practice exams. The popular study guide, originally sold for $4.95, is now offered at no cost to Airmen.

These latest changes also introduce a unique feature: every Monday, users may view the average test scores from the previous week and compare their results with their peers. Airmen can now tackle the key question they face — how they will measure up on test day.

Written exams are a critical factor in promotion eligibility, making test-day readiness a top priority. Along with the new stripe, a promotion garners a pay increase. Test Me Now! exams encourage Airmen to structure a study routine that helps them score well and above their competition.

"Our mission is to provide Airmen with the most comprehensive and accurate study guides that meet every learning style," explained Gayle McMillan Smith, president of McMillan Study Guides, Inc. "Our free Test Me Now! exams are one more example of an innovative study solution backed by nearly 25 years of experience."

Each interactive exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions, generated from more than 2,800 questions written for the Air Force's 2011 Professional Development Guide (PDG). Promotion testing is based on the PDG.

Test Me Now! exams simulate the Promotion Fitness Examination (PFE) and United States Air Force Supervisory Examination (USAFSE), helping Airmen determine their possible score on an actual promotion exam. Every week, they can take a new exam and review the correct answers to reinforce the material.

The Air Force published the revised PDG for the 2011-2013 test cycle in April 2011. McMillan quickly responded with their exclusive line-up of study guides, ranging from software and mobile apps to books, audiobooks and flashcards. These latest changes to their online Test Me Now! exams provide enlisted Air Force personnel with a no-cost, high-quality study aid.

Free Test Me Now! practice exams are available on McMillan's website at www.mcmguides.com.

About McMillan Study Guides, Inc.

Established in 1988, McMillan Study Guides, Inc. is the worldwide leader in promotion study guides for US Air Force members. We produce and market self-study guides that help thousands of enlisted Air Force personnel prepare for exams each year. With an unmatched variety of formats, we offer study tools that fit every type of learning style, including books, flashcards, audio downloads, mobile apps and software. To find out more, please visit www.mcmguides.com.

Press Contact:
Amy Boyd, Media Coordinator
McMillan Study Guides, Inc.
800.821.1338
805.545.0112
media@mcmguides.com

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04-25-09 — Air Force Times

Ace the PFE: Advice from old-timers and pros

Air Force Times

Ace the PFE: Advice from old-timers and pros

By Erik Holmes - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Apr 25, 2009 8:40:00 EDT

Like it or not, your chances for promotion up the noncommissioned officer ranks depend in large part on how well you score on the Weighted Airman Promotion System tests.

And with raters giving out 5s on enlisted performance reports like candy on Halloween, your scores on the two WAPS tests — the Specialty Knowledge Test and either the Promotion Fitness Exam or the Supervisory Exam, depending on your rank — matter now more than ever because they’re two of only a handful of ways you can set yourself apart from everybody else.

And they’re a big chunk of your promotion points. For airmen testing to make staff sergeant — the testing window for 2009 begins May 1 — the PFE and SKT last year accounted for 40 percent of the promotion points of those selected.

It’s a no-brainer, but any senior NCO will tell you the key to succeeding on the WAPS tests really is to hit the books. But how you study and how you take the test could make the difference between making the grade and being passed over for that next stripe.

Understanding just how important study skills and career development are, the Air Force included two new chapters on the topics in this year’s edition of the Professional Development Guide, the PFE textbook. A hard copy will make its way to you soon if you’re active duty in grades E-4 through E-9; the companion Web site, as well as professionally produced MP3 audio files of the guide, should be available on or before the official release date of July 1.

The most important thing to remember is to study in a way that matches your learning style, said Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Denter, chief of the professional development flight at the Air Force Occupational Measurement Squadron, which writes both the PFE textbook and the promotion tests.

“Find something that works for you,” Denter said. “No one tip works for everyone.”

Now, from Denter and other chief master sergeants, here are seven tips and strategies for acing the WAPS tests:

1. Start early

Cramming before the test doesn’t work — especially for the PFE, which covers 500 pages worth of detailed information. To do your best, you need to start studying long before the 60-day minimum prior to your test date that the Air Force recommends.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bob Vasquez, who has written books on leadership and is now an instructor at the Air Force Academy’s Center for Character Development, recalls he began reviewing materials for his next promotions test almost as soon as he was promoted to a grade.

“I would take a month or so off, then start studying again, even though I was not eligible for two years,” Vasquez said.

You also need a study plan. Denter suggests checking the WAPS eligibility chart — you can get to it by going to www.airforcetimes.com/WAPS — to find out the approximate testing periods for coming years. Even if you’re not eligible for promotion yet, you can see when you’ll have to test and come up with a plan to get ready. Ideally, your study plan should begin about two years before your test, he said.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. Rick Dean, chief executive officer of the Air Force Sergeants Association, made a habit of reading the Professional Development Guide regularly, whether or not he was up for promotion.

Then, about six months before his testing window, Dean began to study in earnest, keeping a guide at home, in the car and at work.

“If I wound up out on the flight line and I had a half hour that I was waiting for somebody to show up, I cracked open the study guide and studied,” he said.

About three months before the test, Dean spent an hour studying three or four times a week and then several hours studying on the weekend.

Finally, he reserved the final week for thinking about the material and going over any last-minute questions.

2. Use the MKTS survey

There are no practice PFEs, so Denter suggests using the Military Knowledge and Testing System surveys, at https://www.omsq.af.mil/PD/MKTS.htm , to tell you what’s most likely to be on the test.

The survey for each grade shows the list of topics covered in the guide and how important airmen in that grade rated the information. The survey also shows the average rating for all topics.

The test writers, according to Denter, use those ratings when they create the tests by focusing more on the topics with above-average ratings.

While any information in the guide is eligible to be tested, the items with the highest ratings are most likely to show up on the test. You can get a good idea of what might show up just by scanning the individual ratings.

“If I find any ... that are below the [average], I’m just not going to spend the same amount of time on them,” Denter said.

Historically, the enlisted history and organization chapters do not score high; the chapters on leadership, communication, NCOs and personnel programs score the highest.

3. Go by the book

Air Force Instructions, technical orders and other documents change frequently, but what you are responsible for on the test is the information in the guide and the study materials referenced by the WAPS Manual, even if the information is outdated.

Don’t think you know better from your own experience, Denter cautioned.

“The one thing a lot of airmen forget ... is the book has the right answer,” he said. “Just because that’s the way you do it today in the Air Force doesn’t mean it’s the right answer.”

4. Use a variety of resources

Remember that the printed guide is the authoritative source for the PFE, but it’s not the only resource.

The Air Force Occupational Measurement Squadron has created MP3 audio files of the guide and interactive companion Web sites for some chapters.

You can listen to the audio files in the gym, car or office, Denter pointed out, and the Web sites will help you retain information that might be easier to understand visually, such as uniforms and customs and courtesies.

You also can buy flashcards, a pocket-sized version of the guide and other test preparation aids from McMillan Study Guides Inc.

Although the Air Force does not endorse the products, they are sold on base. Denter used them.

“They helped me make senior and chief,” he said.

But Chief Master Sgt. Michael Hall, chief of the enlisted promotions and military testing branch at the Air Force Personnel Center, cautioned against relying on commercial study aids.

“I personally would not advise using the available commercial products,” he said. “I’ve heard airmen use this method and then later question why they did not get promoted or why the test results were low.”

The key, Dean said, is to get the information in a variety of ways.

“People learn differently,” he said. “Some people learn by listening and a lot of people learn by reading and seeing it. You really need a mixture.”

5. Establish a study routine

You’re going to retain the most information if you have a study routine, Vasquez said. That means studying about the same time of day in the same place or a similar environment.

Many airmen find studying for relatively short but focused periods is most effective, he said.

“You do it incrementally because if you try to read that stuff for more than 20 minutes, it’s going to put you to sleep,” he said.

Figure out what times of day you are most alert, and do your studying then. The guide suggests finding a study environment that works for you, whether it’s at a desk or on the couch, in silence or listening to music.

Vasquez doesn’t recommend studying right before bed time.

“If you don’t calm your brain before you go to bed you won’t sleep as well, and rest is important,” he said.

6. Take notes and highlight

Taking notes on the guide will help you absorb the material better, Denter said.

Create an outline of the material by using the bolded terms in the guide as headings and then summarizing the information under a heading into your own words.

“Any time you put it in your own words, it increases your understanding,” Dean said.

You also can use highlighters to identify the most important material.

Dean recalls he went through the guide three times, becoming more selective and highlighting in a different color each time. At the end, he had only the most important material highlighted in the last color.

7. Relax and test well

Assuming you’ve studied as you should, Vasquez said, the key to doing your best on test day is to relax.

“Take a deep breath, clear your mind, and envision yourself accomplishing [it],” he said.

Denter suggests showing up early to the test location so you can settle in with plenty of time to spare. This lets you make last-minute adjustments without cutting it close and worrying yourself.

Once you begin the test, Vasquez said, you should skim through all the questions and answer the ones you know right away.

“It relaxes you,” he said. “It gives you some confidence that, ‘Hey, I know at least 20 of these, so maybe the others won’t be that bad.’”

Once you’ve done that, go back to the harder questions. If you get stuck, circle the question, move on and come back to it later.

If you still don’t know the answer, make your best guess. There is no penalty for a wrong answer, so you have nothing to lose. If you have time left at the end, check over your work to make sure you didn’t make careless mistakes.

Promotion News

07-23-12 — Air Force Times

How fast you'll move up

06-07-12 — Air Force press release

Your promotion is in your hands

by Debbie Gildea
Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas — It is up to you to get promoted, Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Noxon, Air Force Personnel Center enlisted promotions and testing superintendent, advises enlisted members.

The enlisted promotion system is based on several weighted factors, most of which are within the member's control, he said. Those factors include time in service, time in grade, decorations, enlisted performance report ratings, the promotion fitness exam score, and the skills knowledge test score.

"Time is a factor in the promotion system — time in service and time in grade — so a lot of young Airmen think they can't get promoted because they're too junior, but that's not necessarily the case," said Noxon.

Time in service is worth 1/2 point per month (six points per year) and time in grade is worth 1/6 point per month (two points per year).

"That's a pretty small number compared to 100 points possible for each of the tests, and test preparation is solely in the Airman's hands," Noxon said.

Performance reports are worth 135 points, maximum, and the maximum number of points possible for decorations is 25.

"Some people think that EPRs and decorations are subjective, or dependent on what your supervisor thinks you deserve," Noxon said, "but the evaluation process has very clear criteria and checks and balances up and down the supervisory chain to help maintain process integrity. Ultimately, Airmen who work hard to develop their job and leadership skills are going to get the right evaluation. Whether or not you get promoted depends a lot on your determination and your work ethic," Noxon said.

Even the first three promotions depend on the Airmen, although they may appear to be automatic.

"Yes, time is a factor and an airman basic or airman can't get promoted early, but behavior counts," he explained. "Being eligible doesn't mean your commander will recommend you, so you have to work hard, learn your job, study the Air Force culture and behave in a way that tells your peers, supervisor and commander that you're ready for more responsibility."

That hard work could be the ticket to early promotions down the road.

An airman first class is eligible for promotion to senior airmen after 36 months time in service and 20 months time in grade or 28 months time in grade (whichever occurs first), Noxon said. However, they are eligible to be considered for below the zone promotion to senior airman 6 months before that time. So being prepared for that opportunity could set the pace for the rest of a member's career.

"If you excel on duty, participate in off-duty programs, do well on your career development course exams and set the example as an Airman, you're a good candidate for below-the-zone promotion," Noxon said. "If selected, you could be eligible to test for staff sergeant when your peers are sewing on senior airman. That would put you a year ahead of others in the promotion process."

Depending on how well an Airman does on the two promotion tests, that could be just the beginning.

Senior airmen must have 36 months time in service and six months time in grade to be eligible to test for staff sergeant. Staff sergeants must have 23 months time in grade to test for technical sergeant, and technical sergeants require 24 months in grade to test for master.

"It's a challenge to do so because there are so many factors involved, but it's possible for a sharp, fast-burner to make it to master in less than 10 years," Noxon said. "Again, it's in your hands."

Although getting promoted is the Airman's responsibility, Noxon reminds members that they are not alone in the process.

"Airmen can't study together, but they can seek guidance and mentorship from senior noncommissioned officers," Noxon said. "Testing is only part of the process, and long before an Airman can test, other factors are already in play. An Airman may have two performance reports before testing and opportunities to earn a decoration, so looking for a mentor to help guide you is important."

Enlisted Airmen can positively — or negatively — impact every promotion opportunity. Those who aggressively pursue opportunities, find a mentor, and work hard are the ones who will be promoted.

"Any Airmen — you — can do that. You can be the fast burner, because your promotion is in your hands," Noxon said.

For more information about Air Force promotion systems or personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https//mypers.af.mil.

For more information about personnel records and other personnel programs, visit the Air Force Personnel Services website at https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil.

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04-20-12 — Air Force press release

Missing personnel records impact more than promotions

by Erin Tindell
Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas — When Senior Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan wasn't promoted to his current rank the first time his records met the board, he was a little confused.

As a maintainer and an aerial gunner, he deployed often and received many decorations. When he was asked if he wanted to review his records before they met the board, he said no and figured they were 'good to go.' However, they were far from complete, and he later discovered his records were missing 14 medals.

"The board had no idea what my capabilities and experiences were, so that may have prevented me from making it the first time," said Scanlan, currently the Air Force Personnel Center Career Assistance Advisor functional manager.

"I used to believe it wasn't my job to get items into my records. After arriving at AFPC, I realized your personnel records affect every aspect of your career. It is imperative that you review your own records for accuracy. I thought it wasn't my job, but I was wrong — it was my responsibility."

Missing or inaccurate enlisted or officer performance reports, decorations, awards and citations can not only affect promotions, it may also prevent Airmen from being selected for special duty assignments, professional development opportunities or re-enlistment considerations. This is why it's critical all Airmen take the time to review their personnel records to ensure they are complete and accurate, officials said.

"Leaders need to communicate to our youngest Airmen, both officer and enlisted, when they first enter the service the importance of reviewing their personnel record as they grow in their career," said Will Brown, Air Force Evaluations and Recognition Programs branch chief. "No one knows an Airman's record better than the Airman the record pertains to."

As the Air Force continues to drawdown to meet congressionally-mandated end-strength, having accurate records is also valuable during force management measures to reshape the force. Records impact force management programs such as High Year Tenure, Date of Separation Rollbacks, Selective Early Retirement Boards as well as crossflow opportunities for officers and re-training opportunities for enlisted members.

Brown said missing or inaccurate records may also impact Airmen when it is time to retire or separate.

Officials offered the following tips for personnel records:

  • Check personnel records frequently via the Personnel Records Display Application located on AFPC's secure website and the Air Force portal.
  • Keep copies of anything you sign, such as an evaluation report, and keep the copies in a personal file.
  • If you are meeting a board (for promotions, special assignments, etc.) always review your record before the board meets in enough time to fix anything wrong.

Airmen who notice discrepancies in their records should contact an installation military personnel section to help correct them.

For more information about personnel records and other personnel programs, visit the Air Force Personnel Services website at https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil.

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01-30-12 — Air Force Times

Promotion rates rise — for most