Air Force

July 25, 2014

AF introduces Total Force Commissioning Process

Tags:
Bekah Geffert
SECAF Public Affairs

University of New Mexico Air Force ROTC cadets take their oath of commission in a ceremony at the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center headquarters at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Air Force officials recently announced a new process which allows cadets the chance to pursue opportunities in the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced the Total Force Commissioning Process July 10. This new process allows the Air Force to provide multiple career avenues for officers being commissioned through Air Force ROTC by offering cadets the chance to pursue opportunities in the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard.

The program also synchronizes the overall number of officers being commissioned with recent reductions in the size of the active duty force. In addition to pursuing opportunities in the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard, there are also opportunities to be released from active-duty service commitments.

The program is modeled after the Army’s process, creating additional opportunities during a cadet’s senior year to serve in either the active or reserve component following graduation.

“The (Air Force) ROTC program is very competitive and we enjoy the luxury of having an abundance of quality cadets who have chosen to serve their country,” said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. “Unfortunately, given budget reductions, the Air Force must reduce its active duty force, limiting the number of cadets we can accept into the active component. The new total force commissioning process allows us to provide opportunities for high quality cadets to continue serving, albeit in our Reserve components.”

Cadets graduating from July 10, 2014, through calendar year 2015 will be able to pursue opportunities in the Guard or Reserve or seek release from their active-duty service commitment July 14 through Sept. 15.

Cadets who applied for voluntary release will be notified whether their request has been approved by late October. Cadets seeking opportunities in the Air Reserve Component, or ARC, will be notified by the Guard or Reserve unit to which they applied and the unit will respond as promptly as possible on their acceptance status.

After the volunteer phase for the release and ARC volunteer programs, a merit process will be implemented to determine if a cadet is awarded an active duty position following graduation. The merit system will be based on detachment commander rank, field training rank, Air Force Officer Qualification Test score, academic aptitude and cumulative GPA.

Those who are not retained for active duty can choose to stay in the Individual Ready Reserve and pursue opportunities in the Air Force Reserve and ANG. Recruiters will assist those who select to pursue opportunities to affiliate with a Guard or Reserve unit. Those who leave the Air Force, remain in the IRR or receive an ARC allocation will not have to repay scholarships or stipends.

“The biggest challenge with the new process is the short time frame we have for implementation,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly, the director of force management policy for the Air Force. “Budget reductions create short-term limits, and we will run out of opportunities to serve long before we run out of quality cadets. We hope all of these exceptional young men and women continue to seek opportunities to serve our country, whether in the Air Force or in another capacity.”

At this time, the program is not open to U.S. Air Force Academy cadets and officer training school will not be affected by this change.




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


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Dath

Local organization donates packages to March troops

U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Dath Nora Shaw, project coordinator for Sariaya Association of California, puts the final touches on a care package prior to it being sent to deployed servicemembers from March ARB. Deployed service me...
 
 

‘Tis the season to drink responsibly

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — It’s that time of year when holiday parties and late night celebrations begin to fill our calendars and we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate our own special reasons for the season. Every Christmas Eve, I celebrate my life and I give thanks...
 
 

Good cyber security habits essential during holidays

With so many new methods for cyber theft, it’s important to remember to take extra steps to protect your bank accounts and money this season, as criminals look to take advantage of the increased spending activity. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your identity and your wallet. Here are some tips for...
 

 

Shop and donate wisely this holiday season

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris recently issued tips on how Californians can protect themselves from identity theft and make the most of their charitable giving throughout this holiday season. Tips for safe shopping: Review your bank and credit card statements frequently for unusual and unfamiliar transactions. In the event of a security breach involving...
 
 
HBI--strength-training-getting-started

Build a better body through strength training

Strength training, also called weight training, boosts your metabolism by adding lean muscle, helping you lose weight and keep it off. It can also prevent diabetes, fight aging, keep your bones strong, protect your memory, lowe...
 
 

Air Force Fitness Management System slated for upgrade

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officers and enlisted members who want to maintain copies of their pre-July 2010 fitness records need to access the Air Force Fitness Management System (AFFMS) and save or print their records by Dec. 30, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Dec....
 




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>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin