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8,600 airmen apply for voluntary separation pay

May. 7, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Airmen return from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. More than 8,600 airmen applied for voluntary separation pay by the time the window closed May 1, the Air Force said Tuesday.
Airmen return from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. More than 8,600 airmen applied for voluntary separation pay by the time the window closed May 1, the Air Force said Tuesday. (Airman 1st Class Betty Chevalier/Air Force)
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More than 8,600 airmen applied for voluntary separation pay by the time the window closed May 1, the Air Force said Tuesday.

Of those applications, about 5,600 applicants were eligible for VSP, the Air Force said in its weekly release on its force management programs. In all, more than 1,600 officers and more than 7,000 enlisted airmen applied for VSP, up from more than 1,500 officers and 6,900 enlisted the previous week.

So far, more than 380 officers and roughly 2,400 enlisted airmen have been approved for VSP. Those numbers are unchanged from the previous week.

The Air Force also said:

■ The first Quality Force Review Board — which aims to separate enlisted airmen up to the rank of senior master sergeant with a negative quality indicator code — convened on Monday, and will run until May 23. Airmen with negative quality indicators for subpar performance have in the past been separated under date-of-separation rollbacks, but the Air Force is now considering them separately.

The Air Force in January said that roughly 7,000 enlisted airmen were eligible for the QFRB. By the end of June, it will identify which airmen will not be retained. Unit commanders or senior raters will then notify airmen of the results of their board review.

■Some captains and majors will be separated by a reduction-in-force board that will convene Oct. 1.

“The board was originally scheduled for June, but was rescheduled to prevent airmen from meeting multiple boards in a short time span,” Col. Joe Atkins, operations division chief at the Air Force Personnel Center, said in a Tuesday release. “Since then, there have been some eligibility changes that airmen need to be aware of. For example, the [Air Force] has removed some [Air Force Specialty Codes] because voluntary separations or retirements eliminated the need to reduce numbers in those AFSCs.”

Eligible airmen include some Line of the Air Force and Medical Service Corps captains in year groups 2006 through 2008, LAF majors in year groups 2001 through 2003, and MSC, Dental Corps and Medical Corps majors in year groups 2000 through 2007 in certain career fields.

The RIF board will also consider LAF-Judge Advocate majors who were promoted to captain in 2004, 2005 or 2006, according to a May 2 matrix on the board. The RIF board previously would have considered LAF-J majors in captain year groups 2000 through 2002, but those majors are no longer eligible.

Officers slated to meet the RIF board will be able to apply for VSP and Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or 15-year retirements, between May 22 and June 30.

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