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Air Force commanders notified Airmen who met the service’s Quality Force Review Board last month of the board’s results June 5.
The QFRB reviewed more than 4,600 Airmen using a “whole person” concept based on each Airman’s record of performance and potential for continued positive service and determined that 77 percent of the Airmen who met the board would not be retained.
“These Airmen were considered through a standard board process, which has proven over time to be fair and equitable,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody. “Force reductions will always be a very difficult and emotional process, but we’ve worked hard to make it as fair as possible for everyone considered.”
The QFRB is one of several force management programs the Air Force has instituted to meet its end-strength requirements for fiscal year 2015.
Airmen who were selected for involuntary separation will receive transitional benefits including 180 days of medical care for themselves and family members, two years of commissary and base exchange privileges and relocation to their home of selection or record.
Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer.
The key spouse program is an official unit/family program overseen by commanders designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of unity within the Air Force community. The program was standardized across the Air Force in March 2006 to address the needs of all military families with special emphasis on support to families across the deployment cycle.
Senior leadership knows the importance of the program and the tools it provides to the Air Force family.
The program recognizes everyone on the unit’s team — commander, key spouse mentor, first sergeant, key spouse and the Airmen and Family Readiness Center — impacts the unit’s culture and contributes to its ability to accomplish the mission at home or abroad.
Airmen who separate under voluntary and involuntary force management programs may be eligible for permissive TDY.
Airmen should check their separation orders to ensure the statement is included in the remarks block. The statement should read “Member separating voluntarily under force management program and may be eligible for (permissive) TDY according (Defense Department Instruction) 1327.06.” The separation program designator, or SPD, code may not convey this benefit; however, the military personnel section is authorized to permit permissive TDYs.
A SPD code identifies entitlements and benefits associated with types of separations. According to Air Force Personnel Center officials, the benefit is new for voluntary force management separations and a new SPD code is being developed. In the interim, a statement is added to the separations orders.
The TFSC can be reached at 210-565-0102 or DSN 665-0102.
Air Force officials posted an updated personnel system delivery memos, or PSDMs, for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 voluntary force management programs June 2.
PSDM 13-64 describes enlisted program updates, including updated provisions regarding Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit transfer recoupment requirements, limited active-duty service commitment, or ADSC, and Palace Chase program updates, and updated ADSC waiver tables. The memo also clarifies and updates the application window and retirement or separation dates for the enlisted voluntary programs, and for Airmen assigned overseas.
PSDM 13-65 describes officer program updates, including an updated ADSC waiver table, application window, and mandatory separation and retirement dates for those approved for retirement or separation through the voluntary programs. There is also clarification on Air Reserve component programs.
Airmen considering applying for a voluntary separation or retirement under a fiscal 2014 and 2015 force management program can read the complete and revised PSDMs on the myPers force management page. Go to https://mypers.af.mil and select the force management graphic link on the left side of the page.