NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — First term Airmen approaching their date of separation and considering re-enlistment may be required to take immediate action in order to continue their career in the Air Force.
In the wake of Air Force service member reductions, many career fields have been added to the career job reservation constraint list. Career fields listed on the CJR constraint list are currently over-manned and can no longer support every Airman in the job. In order to re-enlist, first term Airmen working in a constrained career field must have a CJR.
Limited slots require Airmen to keep themselves competitive and take steps to secure their future in the service.
Reviewed and released each month by the Air Force Personnel Center at Joint Base San Antonio Randolph, the CJR constraint list can be found on myPers as well as the Professional Development Center site linked on the Nellis AFB homepage under “Featured Links.” The site, maintained by Nellis/Creech AFB Career Development Advisor Master Sgt. Lisa Deal, contains information on all avenues Airmen can take to advance their career or, in this case, secure it.
“Anything that could be detrimental to an Airman’s career I put on that site so that they can see what the new updates are,” Deal said.
Much of the necessary action that needs to be taken by Airmen wishing to re-enlist revolves around certain time frames. These windows of opportunity vary depending on the length of the Airman’s initial enlistment contract.
“A four year enlistee is eligible for re-enlistment [or retraining] between the 35 and 43 month marks, while a 6 year enlistee is eligible between 59 months to 67 months,” Deal said.
She recommends that Airmen be diligent and visit the Virtual Military Personnel Flight on the first day of the very first month of eligibility. In the vMPF, under re-enlistments, Airmen will see that they have been CJR approved or placed on a constrained waiting list.
Airmen placed on the waiting list do not have a CJR, and are therefore ineligible to re-enlist until they secure one.
“Airmen on the waiting list will be racked and stacked [ranked] based on enlisted performance reports, time in grade and time in service,” Deal said. “Those things are critical, and it’s all about the Air Force getting the best person in the right job.”
For some Airmen in very competitive career fields, re-enlisting into their current career field may not be a viable option.
“There are two things they can do to stay in the Air Force; they can re-train or apply for a special duty,” said Deal, who gives frequent briefings on the importance of career management at various functions around base including the First Term Airman’s Course.
Because of the drastic effect the CJR constraint list may have on an uninformed Airman’s career, Sgt. Deal holds her “Retraining 101” briefing during which she, “ gives a 45 minute rundown of the CJRs and the process of understanding what you can do if your career field is constrained.”
She also takes airmen through the various processes of retraining and applying for special duties.
“I don’t just teach them how to apply; I teach them how to apply and be successful,” Deal said.
Deal is confident that the briefing held twice monthly at the Nellis Career Development Center will answer any and all questions concerned Airmen may have.
“If I have to say anything it’s just come; come to the ‘Retraining 101’ brief,” Deal said. “We’ll talk about retraining, how to apply for special duty assignments, the assignment process, how to get the assignment you want, how to make yourself competitive and even early separation. It’s all about what you want, and if you can get what the Air Force wants to align with what you want, you’ve got a good day.”
For more career-related information, call the Nellis Professional Development Center at 682-8723. To find class dates and register for “Retraining 101” or other courses offered by the Nellis PDC, visit the Nellis official website at www.nellis.af.mil and click the Career Assistance Advisor link under Featured Links.