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New process to save Airmen time, effort during PCS
Starting at the end of May and going through February 2013, officials at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, will help test a new procedure to centralize steps military members take to get their permanent change of station orders and other actions prior to out-processing.
The project, spearheaded by the Air Force Personnel Center, will transfer PCS relocation tasks from Randolph military personnel sections to the Total Force Service Center in San Antonio.
As a result of relocation centralization, members will take care of the bulk of their PCS requirements through the Air Force Personnel Services website via the â€œMy Accountâ€ function.
Active duty service commitment waiver request window closing soon
Active duty Airmen who would like to retire or separate but have an active duty service commitment that prevents them from doing so may be eligible for a waiver, said Lt. Col. Tara White, Air Force Personnel Center retirements and separations chief.
â€œWe announced this opportunity last December as one of several voluntary force management programs under way for this fiscal year. The application deadline is approaching, so we want to remind eligible members that the window is closing soon,â€ White said.
The Limited Active Duty Service Commitment Waiver Program and other fiscal year 2012 voluntary force management initiatives were implemented to help meet authorized end strength levels, White explained.
Applications are due to AFPC by June 1 for officers and June 30 for enlisted Airmen. Those approved must retire by Sept. 1 or separate by Sept. 29, White said.
Additional civilian employee self-service requests available online
Air Force Personnel Center human resources officials have expanded a self-service initiative allowing civilians to request updates to their personnel records online.
Employees can now request updates for rÃ©sumÃ©s, name changes, veteransâ€™ preference for reduction in force, awards, education, training, certification and licensure.
The initiative empowers employees by eliminating the need for them to contact their local civilian personnel office to accomplish these updates. These online initiatives also make it easier for former military members to update information to their civilian employee record.
One popular self-service request is the â€œRÃ©sumÃ© Updateâ€ application, which allows an employee to submit a comprehensive rÃ©sumÃ© for filing in their electronic official personnel file. The rÃ©sumÃ© can be used for many human resources purposes, such as RIF, workerâ€™s compensation or management directed reassignments; all without having to go back to the employee and requesting additional information, officials said.
Itâ€™s important to note, consideration for job vacancies still requires the employee to submit their rÃ©sumÃ© and associated documents to the specific job announcement on www.USAJOBS.gov.
Expanded Palace Chase applications due June 1
Some active duty officers who are unable to separate because of an active duty service commitment may still be able to take advantage of the Expanded Palace Chase program, said Lt. Col. Tara White, Air Force Personnel Center retirements and separations chief.
Air Force officials announced last December that the Palace Chase Program and other voluntary force management initiatives would be implemented to help meet authorized end strength levels. Eligible officers who are interested may still be thinking about the option, but waiver applications are due to AFPC by June 1, she explained.
The fiscal year 2012 program is one of several voluntary force management initiatives implemented to help reduce manning numbers. Those approved must separate by Sept. 29.
The program allows eligible active duty members to transfer to an Air Reserve Component with a 1-for-1 time commitment of not less than one year or more than six years, White said.