Air Force

September 6, 2013

Same-sex spouses eligible for join spouse, accompanied assignments

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas - Air Force military members with same-sex active duty spouses are now eligible for join spouse assignment consideration and those with a civilian same-sex spouse are now eligible for command sponsorship consideration, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, Defense Department officials announced the plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses.

Before Airmen can be considered for join spouse or command sponsorship, they must complete the marriage-related updates in the Military Personnel Data System and the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, said Bill Warner, AFPC chief of assignment programs and procedures.

“Once the updates are complete, future join spouse consideration will be automatic for married Air Force active duty couples,” Warner said. “However, members who have already been selected for an assignment, who are currently assigned at an installation far from their spouse, or who are married to an active duty member of a sister Service must submit a letter application for join spouse consideration.”

In addition, members with same-sex dependent spouses may now elect command sponsorship after assignment notification.

“The assignment selection process won’t change,” said Warner. “Selections will continue to be based on Airman qualifications, time on station, volunteer status, and other factors. “

Approval for an accompanied overseas assignment, however, may depend on the Department of Defense and Department of State review of applicable Status of Forces Agreements.

“Until those reviews are complete, approval for overseas assignment command sponsorship requests will be managed here at the center,” Warner said. “U.S. overseas locations like Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Marianas are exempt from that process, but base personnel representatives will forward all others to AFPC.”

Airmen assigned to one of those U.S. overseas locations who are living now with their same-sex spouse will be able to apply for command sponsorship when they enroll their spouse in DEERS. Airmen assigned to an overseas location outside of U.S. jurisdiction can also apply for command sponsorship when they enroll their spouse in DEERS, but this request may require higher level review.

“The process may take longer initially,” Warner said. “But, our first concern is taking care of our Airmen and we must ensure that we don’t place them or their families in a situation that could become a hardship. Once we have clear guidance from DOD, we’ll be able to resume the routine approval process.”

For more information about assignment selection processes, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil and enter “assignments” in the search window.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

AFPC has expanded voluntary FM program waiver authority

The Air Force Personnel Center has been granted expanded waiver authority to waive some active duty service commitments for Airmen interested in voluntary separation under the fiscal year 2014 force management program, AFPC officials announced April 3. For example, we now have the authority to waive aviation retention pay (which requires recoupment of the unserved...
 
 

Air Force updates officer, enlisted voluntary force management eligibility lists*

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. These individuals will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal year 2014. Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade...
 
 

April 8 – Pulse on Air Force force management

A limited number of Airmen who received notice that their previously approved applications for early retirement had been declined will be given the option to retire if they still desire to do so, officials announced April 8. “We are aware that some Airmen received erroneous (temporary early retirement authority) approvals and were subsequently notified of...
 

 

AF updates officer, enlisted voluntary force management eligibility lists

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. These individuals will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal year 2014. Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade...
 
 
Air Force photograph

April 14 marks anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia’s first landing

Air Force photograph Space Shuttle Columbia lands April 14, 1981 on Rogers Dry Lake Bed at Edwards AFB. Monday marks 33 years since the first re-usable space vehicle successfully returned to Earth on the wings of an aircraft. T...
 
 

Airmen do’s, don’ts regarding political activities

Many Airmen face one question every four years or so, “How politically active can I be? This article provides a brief description of the limitations applicable to service members when it comes to political activity. The political activities of service members are governed by DOD Directive 1344.10, and Airmen in particular are subject to the...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>