Local

December 13, 2013

AF announces additional force management programs to reduce force size

Air Force leadership announced force management programs today designed to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration.

Fiscal year 2014 force management initiatives are in addition to the announcement made in July, stating the Air Force will implement several force management programs to meet budget reduction requirements.

Air Force leadership has made the decision to announce the overall strategic plan now so that Airmen have the necessary time to consider all their career options.

During testimony to the House Armed Services Committee in November, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff, said long-term impacts of sequestration could force the service to cut about 25,000 Airmen over the next five years.

“The difference from years past is that we announced voluntary programs first, then involuntary,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox, deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services. “This year, due to the limited timeframe, we’re announcing all programs at once to allow Airmen time to consider their options and ensure their personnel records are up to date.”

Several programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Boards will consider an Airman’s entire record of performance and will be conducted in accordance with Air Force promotion board standards. These programs only apply to active-duty Airmen.

Enlisted only programs
The chief master sergeant retention board will include two phases. During phase one, chiefs in specific specialties may apply for voluntary retirement in lieu of meeting a retention board. Chiefs with 20 years of total active federal military service from identified overage career fields who do not apply for retirement before the phase one window closes March 15, 2014, will be considered by the board, Cox said.

The quality force review board will look at senior master sergeants and below with a negative quality indicator code. Negative codes include reporting identifiers, grade status reasons, reenlistment eligibility, or assignment availability codes. For a complete list of codes, Airmen should visit the MyPers website once the Personnel Services Delivery Memorandum for this program is released.
Airmen who have declined to obtain retainability for PCS, TDY, retraining/training, deployments or promotion will be looked at under the Date of Separation rollback program.

Voluntary separation pay applies to Airmen on the active-duty list with more than 6 years but no more than 20 years of total active federal military service, and will be offered to enlisted retention board eligible Airmen as a voluntary incentive prior to the retention boards. The enlisted retention boards will look at senior airmen through senior master sergeants in overage Air Force specialty codes with a date of rank of Jan. 1, 2013 or earlier. Senior noncommissioned officers with a minimum of 20 years of total active federal military service by the mandated retirement date will also be considered by the board.

Officer only programs
Force shaping boards will consider active-duty officers with more than 3 but less than 6 years of commissioned service as of Dec. 31, 2014, for separation and will target career fields and year groups based on sustainment levels.

Overages in the officer corps will require the force to conduct an Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board. An ESERB allows the service to consider retirement eligible active-duty officers below the rank of colonel, lieutenant colonels once deferred for promotion, and colonels with two to four years time in grade. By law, the Air Force will select no more than 30 percent for each grade in each competitive category.

Voluntary separation pay will be offered to active-duty officers with 6 or more years total active federal military service as a voluntary incentive prior to the meeting a board. A reduction in force board will consider regular officers below the grade of lieutenant colonel who have served at least one year of active duty in their current grade, are not on a promotion list, and have 6 or more years total active commissioned service and less than 18 years of total active federal military service.

Officer and enlisted programs
Officers and enlisted in over-manned career fields with more than 15 but less than 20 years of service will be eligible for Temporary Early Retirement Authority†Phase II. The Air Force will offer TERA in fiscal year 2014 with the application window starting in January 2014.

These measures are part of the Air Force’s comprehensive Force Management Program designed to shape the future force.

For more information and force management, force shaping, reduction in force and other personnel programs, go to the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.




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


 
 

 

News Briefs March 27, 2015

Enlisted promotion ceremony The Edwards Enlisted Promotion Ceremony is 3 p.m., March 31 in the base theater. Promotees and commanders will be in service dress. Uniform of the day for all other attendees will be uniform of the day or business casual. CPTS delayed opening The 412th Comptroller Squadron will delay opening until 11 a.m.,...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds

Edwards joint maintenance team completes significant JSF propulsion verification event

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds A joint team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy maintainers, DOD employees and Pratt and Whitney contractors work on an F135 engine March 17 as part of a week-long to provide verified tec...
 
 
pageant

2015 Edwards Royalty crowned

Courtesy photograph The new Edwards Community Queens were crowned March 21 during the 2015 pageant held at the Oasis Community Center. They are (back row from left) Miss (Danika Blake), Teen Miss (Ariana Medina), Junior Miss (H...
 

 
air-show-side

Thunderbirds give up-close look to academy-bound student

Headlining the 2015 Los Angeles County Airshow March 21-22 was U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Thunderbirds. The team arrived early March 19 to prepare for the show. During their practice demonstrat...
 
 
Brewer

Brewer: ‘Continue to move forward’

After almost three years as the 412th Test Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer is saying goodbye to the High Desert and heading off to the Midwest to his new assignment at Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command. Brewer...
 
 

Memorial service for Bertha Victoria Watkins March 27

It is with deepest regret and sad hearts we announce the passing of Bertha Victoria Watkins on March 14. She had worked in the 412th Comptroller Squadron and other areas at Edwards AFB during her long tenure as a civil servant. Watkins retired March 3, 2011. A home-going service is schedule for 2 p.m., March...
 




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>