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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Air Force field grade officers have until the end of the month to apply for voluntary separation pay, which is 25 percent more than an involuntary settlement.

A reduction-in-force board is slated for Sept. 19 for midgrade officers, with the panel looking at commissioned officers in the chaplain, judge advocate general, biomedical science and medical service categories, the Air Force said. The officers would have been commissioned between 1999 and 2005. If selected, the officers would leave the service by February 2012.

Officers opting for voluntary separations would receive pay at 1.25 times the involuntary-separation pay rate. They would depart by Oct. 1, 2011.

As part of the overall plan, the Air Force will introduce force-shaping boards for junior officers starting in May, looking at the JAG, biomedical science and medical service fields, with an October exit date for those not selected.

The Air Force retention rate is at its highest level in 16 years.

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