Fiscal 2014 force management programs announced
The Air Force will implement several officer and enlisted force management programs for fiscal 2014, officials recently said.
Force management programs enable the Air Force to both size and balance the force, with the goal of meeting mandated end-strength numbers in the right career fields and at the right grades, said Lt. Col. John Barlett, Air Force Personnel Center operations division chief.
Officials anticipate ending fiscal 2013 within or marginally over the 329,460 authorized end strength, but also expect fiscal 2014 authorizations to drop.
“Air Force leaders are working hard to ensure we meet end strength restrictions without harming the mission or the Airmen who accomplish it,” Barlett said. “Force management programs help us do that — they enable us to offer retirement and separation incentives and options that Airmen wouldn’t otherwise have. Each approved volunteer is one fewer Airman we may have to lose through a non-volunteer program.”
Enlisted Airmen in noncritical career fields will be able to apply for limited active-duty service commitment waivers, a waiver of up to two years on their current enlistment contract, a waiver of all but six months of promotion-related ADSC, or the expanded Palace Chase program (reduced commitment to the Air Reserve Component of one year for each year of ADSC waived), Barlett said.
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