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More than 325 airmen may have been underpaid bonus

Sep. 19, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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The Air Force may owe more money to more than 325 airmen who retrained in a career field that has rated a selective re-enlistment bonus since 2011, according to the Air Force Personnel Center.

Airmen affected were in retraining status or approved for retraining within 30 days after it was announced that their selective re-enlistment bonuses were reduced or terminated, AFPC re-enlistments chief Michael McLaughlin said in a news release. They are eligible if they re-enlisted for at least 36 months within 30 days of earning their 3-level in their new career fields.

The reason the airmen may have been underpaid is that when the Air Force instruction on selective re-enlistment bonuses was updated in May 2011, it included “unclear language” that led to a misinterpretation of how it should be carried out, said AFPC spokesman Mike Dickerson.

Since then, some of the eligible airmen have transferred to the Air National Guard or Reserve or they have separated, but they are still eligible for the money, Dickerson said in an email. Airmen who have separated or retired can apply for their bonuses by submitting a DD Form 149 with supporting documentation.

Bonus amounts vary depending on several factors such as base pay, so Dickerson could not say how much money the airmen may be owed, but the maximum selective re-enlistment bonus is $90,000. AFPC was unable to provide a list of Air Force Specialty Codes in which airmen may have been underpaid.

While the Air Force has already notified airmen who may have been underpaid, airmen are encouraged to check their records and contact their local personnel section to see if they too are affected, McLaughlin said in the news release.

“You will need your reenlistment documents and course completion certificate when you meet with the personnel specialists, so be sure to have those available,” he said. “Although there isn’t a deadline to complete the process, affected Airmen should take care of this as soon as possible. It could take up to 45 days to process the payment, so the longer you delay, the longer you will have to wait for the funds.”

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