Air Force releases early retirement guidance

Packages make their way to the shore of Kayangel Island during an Operation Christmas Drop mission over the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11, 2013. The island of Kayangel also experienced the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan that ravaged the Philippines and other islands in the area.

RAF MILDENHALL, England — Some Air Force staff sergeants, captains and higher ranks will be eligible for early retirement under guidelines released by the Air Force Personnel Center.

Under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, staff sergeants through senior master sergeants and captains through lieutenant colonels in certain career fields with at least 15 years, but fewer than 20 years, of active military service as of July 31, 2014, will be eligible, according to the center’s release on Monday.

Airmen with at least 19 years, but fewer than 20 years, of service and staff sergeants with at least 15 years, but fewer than 20 years, of service by July 31 may apply for retirement regardless of career field, the statement said, adding that a chart showing eligible personnel can be found on the mypers.af.mil website.

Retirement seekers can apply on the website from Jan. 14 to March 26. If accepted, they must retire by Aug. 1, the release said.

The move is part of an unfolding campaign to trim the size of the Air Force by up to 25,000 airmen. Announced on Dec. 11, the force reduction measures will trim the number of active-duty slots through voluntary and involuntary programs to deal with the effects of budget cuts.


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