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AF releases mid-year selective re-enlistment bonus list, changes
Air Force officials recently released the fiscal 2012 mid-year selective re-enlistment bonus list along with some changes to the program.
In addition to a rebalance in overall payments,Â officials identified 53 Air Force specialties, down from 78, to receive bonuses.
Based on the semiannual program review that began in March, officials published the latest list, which includes Airmen in special operations, explosive ordnance disposal, tactical air control party, cryptological language analysts, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, to name a few.
Deleted bonuses take effect Aug. 18.
The newly released bonus list can be found at https://mypers.af.mil.
Safety officials clarify use of electronic devices for pedestrians on roadways
The Air Force Safety Center released a letter of interpretation this year prohibiting the use of listening and entertainment devices, including single ear pieces and external speakers, when on a roadway.
The use of portable headphones, earphones, cellular phones, digital music players or other listening and entertainment devices, other than hearing aids, are prohibited while walking, jogging, running, bicycling, skating or skate boarding on roadways for the sake of ensuring good situational awareness resulting in a lower possibility of a mishap, according to officials.
The AFSEC preserves and enhances combat capability through resource preservation for both Airmen and equipment by attempting to eliminate mishap. The center develops, implements, executes and evaluates Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, space and system mishap prevention, and nuclear surety programs and policy. The center oversees mishap investigations, evaluates corrective actions, ensures implementation and maintains the mishap database Air Force-wide. It also conducts research to promote safety awareness and mishap prevention, and develops and directs safety and risk management education, and media programs.
LEAP boosts AF language capability
The Language Enabled Airman Program identifies and cultivates the existing foreign language skills of Airmen for the life of their career. The goal of the program is to develop a core group of Airmen from across career fields and ranks who are able to communicate in one or more foreign languages.
Managed through the Air Force Culture and Language Center at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., LEAP now accepts applications from active-duty officer candidates, commissioned officers and enlisted Airmen from select career fields who meet specific Defense Language Proficiency Test standards among other qualifications. Participants selected for LEAP receive continuous language training to keep their skills sharp via weekly online instruction and a four-to-six-week Language Intensive Training event every three to four years.
Civilians contribute to Roth options
Defense Department civilian employees eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan may begin to contribute to the Roth TSP. This new feature allows members to contribute on an after-tax basis and receive tax-free earnings when they withdraw funds from their TSP accounts.
Air Force serviced civilians may make elections through the employee benefits information system, which can be accessed through the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil. Elections made on or before June 30 were effective July 1 and were reflected on the July 20 leave and earnings statement.
Roth TSP elective deferral limits are $17,000 for regular contributions and $5,500 for catch-up contributions, which is identical to traditional TSP limits. The Roth TSP is not the same as a Roth individual retirement account. In some instances, contributing to the Roth TSP may make a civilian ineligible to contribute to a Roth IRA because of income limitations.