The Air Force is delaying the reduction in force board, originally scheduled for June 16, until October because of “legal limitations” to the number of officers and the total officers within a grade that may be recommended by a RIF board within a fiscal year.
The change will prevent airmen from having to meet multiple boards in a short time span, said Air Force spokeswoman Rose Richeson. Remaining officer and enlisted force management boards have not changed.
“When we initially announced these Force Management programs in December, we knew the dynamic nature of the programs would result in some changes,” Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, said in the release. “While the change is necessary to ensure we operate within the law, it was equally important for us to keep our word and minimize the impact on airmen.”
The Air Force does not have a specific number of airmen affected by the change until officials can analyze the effects to the pools of eligible and ineligible airmen, Richeson said.
The board is set to consider separating some captains and majors in overmanned career fields. The original memo announcing the board stated the board will consider captains in year groups 2005 through 2008 and majors in year groups 1997 through 1999 and 2001 through 2003 in unspecified Air Force Specialty Codes and in the Line of the Air Force, Biomedical Sciences Corps, Dental Corps, Medical Corps, Medical Service Corps and Nurse Corps categories.
The delay will force some officers who were initially eligible for the June board to be no longer eligible, and some officers will now become eligible. All officers will receive at least six months notice before the board convenes. Additional details will be released by the Air Force Personnel Center in the coming weeks, according to the Air Force.
The voluntary separation application window will stay open to all officers in an overage AFSC or a year group as indicated on the Force Management matrices, the release said.
Officers who have already submitted their application for voluntary separation can withdraw their application if they are no longer eligible.