Air Force adds, removes specialties eligible for voluntary separation

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 4, 2014

Enlisted airmen in 178 specialties by grade and officers in 70 specialties by year group will no longer be eligible to apply for voluntary separation in fiscal year 2014 under force management changes announced in a news release Friday by the Air Force.

Those servicemembers will not face an involuntary board this year.

In addition, officers in 33 specialties by year group, and enlisted airmen in seven specialties by grade, will be eligible to apply for voluntary separation benefits, the release said. Those include receiving voluntary separation pay and limited active-duty service commitment waivers. Those servicemembers will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal 2014, it said.

The changes to the Air Force’s voluntary force management eligibility lists were made after assessing already approved retirements and separations, and adjustments to manpower requirements, said Col. Joe Atkins, the operations division chief of the Air Force Personnel Center.

"After recalculations and taking into consideration voluntary separations and retirements, it was clear that personnel reductions were no longer necessary in some AFSC (Air Force specialty code) year groups," Atkins said in the release.



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