Air Force Assignment System

There are many factors that go into deciding assignments

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Air Force assignments are governed by Air Force Instruction 36-2110. Qualified people with the needed skills must be in the right job at the right time to meet the Air Force mission.

At the same time, the Air Force has a responsibility to keep attuned to the demands placed on its members resulting from personnel tempo, a quality-of-life metric that measures the amount of time an individual spends away from their home station for operational and training purposes, such as temporary duty or designated dependent-restricted assignments.

Consequently, the Air Force classifies and assigns people worldwide as equitably as possible to ensure a high state of readiness. While the primary consideration in selecting personnel for reassignment is the member’s qualifications to accomplish the mission, the Air Force also considers additional factors.

How the Air Force Determines Assignments

The Air Force assigns members without regard to color, race, religious preference (except chaplains ), national origin, ethnic background, age, marital status (except military couples), spouse’s employment, education or volunteer service activities of spouse, or gender (except as provided for by statute or other policies).

The Special Experience Identifier (SEI) system complements the assignment process and is used when specific experience or training is critical to the job and no other means is appropriate or available. The SEI system is also used to rapidly identify personnel to meet unique circumstances, contingency requirements, or other critical needs.

Manpower positions are coded with an SEI to identify positions that require or provide unique experiences or qualifications. While some assignments require special experience, the vast majority of Air Force enlisted assignment slots do not.

Positions often require members assigned to have access to a specified level of classified information. Selection for these jobs may be necessary from among members who currently have access or can be granted access immediately.

Volunteers Selected First

Within a group of qualified members who meet the minimum eligibility criteria for PCS selection, volunteers are selected first.

Non-volunteers qualified to fill a requirement who meet the minimum PCS eligibility criteria are selected ahead of qualified volunteers who do not. For example, time on station (TOS) is a PCS eligibility requirement. A qualified volunteer who meets the minimum TOS requirement is considered first in order of longest on the station.

Next, the qualified non-volunteer who meets the TOS requirement in the order of longest on station and finally the qualified volunteer who does not meet the TOS requirement may be considered.

First-term Airmen serving an initial enlistment of four or more years may not be given more than two assignments in different locations following initial basic and skill training during their first four years of service, regardless of tour length.

First-term Airmen who make two PCS moves are permitted an additional PCS in conjunction with an approved humanitarian reassignment, a join-spouse assignment, as a volunteer, or when the PCS is a mandatory move (such as returning from a tour at the end of the prescribed tour length).

Availability and Deferment

A member is considered available for reassignment on the first day of the month in which they're available.

Deferments may be authorized when possible in most grades and jobs to maintain an equitable assignment system and also support the need for stability in certain organizations or functions.

Deferments are normally approved to preclude a member’s PCS while they're being evaluated for suitability or during a period of observation or rehabilitation. Deferments also exist for such things as completion of an educational program or degree, to serve as a witness for a court-martial, when accused in a court-martial, to control the roster, Article 15 punishment, base of preference (BOP) program, retraining or humanitarian reasons.

Humanitarian Assignment Policy

The humanitarian policy provides reassignment or deferment for Air Force members to assist them in resolving severe short-term problems involving a family member. The problem must be resolvable within a reasonable period of time and the member's presence must be considered absolutely essential to resolve the problem.

Family members under the humanitarian program are limited to a spouse, children, parents, parents-in-law, and those persons who have served in loco parentis (one who has exercised parental rights and responsibilities in place of a natural parent).

While brothers and sisters are not included in the definition of a family member for humanitarian consideration, a request involving a brother's or sister's terminal illness often is considered as an exception to the policy.

Exceptional Family Member Policy

The Exceptional Family Member Policy (EFMP) is a separate and distinct program from the humanitarian policy. This program is based on a member's need for special medical or educational care for a spouse or child that is required long-term, possibly permanently. It is not a base-of-choice program as assignment decisions are based on manning needs of the Air Force at locations where a member's special medical or educational needs for a spouse or child can be met.

Under the EFMP, a member may receive a reassignment if a need arises for specialized care that cannot be met where they are currently assigned. A deferment from an assignment may be provided for a newly identified condition if the member's presence is considered essential. The purpose of such a deferment is to allow the member time to establish a special medical treatment program or educational program for the exceptional family member.

When granted, the initial period of deferment is usually 12 months, after which a member may be reconsidered for PCS if otherwise eligible.

Military Couples Assignments

Each member of a military couple serves in their own right. This means military couples must fulfill the obligations inherent to all Air Force members they are considered for assignments to fill valid manning requirements and must perform duties that require the skills in which they are trained. Provided these criteria are met, military couples may be considered for assignment where they can maintain a joint residence.

In very limited circumstances a member may ask for a voluntary PCS and agree to pay all expenses involved. Also, travel time is charged as ordinary leave. Members must meet all PCS eligibility criteria for the type of move requested. Permissive PCS may not be granted based solely on the willingness of a member to move at their own expense.

The voluntary stabilized base assignment program provides airmen a stabilized tour in exchange for volunteering for an assignment to a historically hard-to-fill location.

CONUS-Isolated Station Assignments

Normal personnel support facilities (military or civilian) aren’t available at certain continental U.S. (CONUS) stations or within a reasonable distance. This creates a degree of hardship for personnel assigned to these stations.

To prevent involuntary assignment at these locations for long periods, the Air Force established a minimum 15-month tour for single and unaccompanied personnel and a minimum 24-month tour for accompanied personnel. Individuals assigned to a CONUS-isolated station may request reassignment upon completion of the tour.

Extended Long On Station Tour Length

The Extended Long On Station Tour Length (ELT) volunteer program applies to airmen who volunteer for PCS OS to a long-tour location (one where the accompanied tour length is 24 months or more and the unaccompanied tour length is more than 15 months). Airmen who volunteer for an ELT agree to serve the standard tour length plus an additional 12 months.

Educational Deferment

Airmen who have not yet been selected for a PCS may request a deferment from assignment selection when they have nearly completed high school, a vocational program, or college degree requirements.

Requests for deferment are processed through the education office (which will confirm eligibility). Airmen may be deferred up to 9 months to complete high school or up to 12 months to complete a college degree.

Dependent Care and Adoption

All military members ensure arrangements are made for the care of their dependents when they must be separated due to TDY or PCS. Military couples with dependents and single-member sponsors are expected to fulfill their military obligations on the same basis as other members. They are eligible for worldwide duty and all assignments for which they qualify.

To ensure all members remain available for worldwide duty, they must have workable plans to provide parent-like care for their dependents as outlined in AFI 36-2908. Members who cannot or will not meet military commitments due to family needs will be considered for discharge. Members adopting children are given a limited time to complete the official adoption process. Individuals may be authorized for deferment during the four-month period following the date a child is officially placed in the member’s home.

Family members (parents, spouse, brothers, sisters, and children) will not be assigned to the same unit or function where one member may hold a command or supervisory position over the other.

PCS Cancellation

Once a member is selected for PCS and orders are published, cancellation of the assignment could impose a hardship on the member. A PCS should not normally be canceled within 60 days of the projected departure date unless the member cannot be effectively used at the projected location.

Cancellation may be authorized by the assignment OPR (Office of Primary Responsibility). If the member indicates a hardship will exist as a result of the cancellation, then the MPF will direct the member to prepare a written statement containing the details of the hardship. The statement should be coordinated through the unit commander to the MPF.

Cancellation Requested by Member

Airmen who are selected for PCS, TDY, or training and who do not want to participate in an event may elect to request retirement under the seven-day option provision (assuming they have more than 20 years of service and are retirement eligible ).

Airmen who elect to retire are ineligible for promotion consideration and are ineligible for an extension of enlistment or reenlistment, except as authorized in conjunction with a request for retirement.

Aside from the seven-day option provision, airmen who do not have the minimum required retainability for the event may be eligible to decline the assignment.

Declining an overseas assignment by refusing to obtain the required retainability usually results in immediate re-enlistment ineligibility, which usually results in becoming ineligible for promotion.

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Our goal is to help you achieve yours.

We pride ourselves in providing every Airman with unsurpassed educational opportunities so they can become the best versions of themselves. We invest time and resources to fuel innovation and help you reach your highest potential.

Enlisted Airmen have a wide range of educational and professional opportunities to take advantage of.

Education Programs

01 enlisted college loan repayment program (eclrp).

The ECLRP allows Active Duty Airman to earn 33 ⅓ percent (a maximum of $21,664.50) of their unpaid principal loan balance each year for three years. Loan repayment will be made after each successful year of service, beginning on the date of enlistment.

02 PROFESSIONAL OFFICER COURSE-EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM (POC-ERP)

Active Duty Airmen can take advantage of the POC-ERP to enter Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC). Those who are selected will become full-time students at a participating college to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Upon graduation and completion of the two-year program, participants will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants and returned to Active Duty for at least four years.

03 THE LEAD PROGRAM

The LEAD program is an ongoing effort to give our best and brightest Airmen the opportunity to earn a college degree at the Air Force Academy and Academy Prep School. Unit and wing commanders nominate Airmen to fill the 170 available appointments each year.

04 COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF THE AIR FORCE

When you join the Air Force with a high school diploma or GED, you automatically begin earning credits toward an associate degree in applied science so you can advance in your career while expanding your education.

Scolarship and Loans

01 scholarships for outstanding airmen to rotc (soar).

Enlisted Airmen who strive to attend or complete college may apply to the SOAR program. Up to 50 people can be nominated for two- to four-year ROTC scholarships that cover most tuition and all fees. Those who are accepted will temporarily separate from the Air Force while completing their degree and rejoin upon graduation.

02 THE AIRMAN SCHOLARSHIP AND COMMISSIONS PROGRAM (ASCP)

This program gives Active Duty, enlisted Airmen the opportunity to earn a commission while completing their bachelor’s degree. Those selected temporarily separate from Active Duty Air Force to join ROTC and become a full-time student at a participating college. Participants receive tuition and fees scholarships for up to $15,000 per year and a textbook allowance of $600 per year.

03 THE AIR FORCE TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA)

This program is designed to help Active Duty personnel pursue voluntary, off-duty educational opportunities. Currently, the program pays 100 percent (up to $250 per semester hour or equivalent) of the cost of college tuition with a limit of $4,500 per fiscal year.

There are a few paths you can take to become an Officer in the Air Force and many educational and professional benefits to explore from there.

Education programs

01 air force rotc.

Air Force ROTC is a scholarship program available at nearly 1,000 colleges and universities across the country. The program can help you study at the college of your choice while earning money for school and preparing to be an Officer in the Air Force after graduation. For the most up-to-date information, visit the official Air Force ROTC website.

02 THE AIR FORCE academy

The prestigious Air Force Academy is a university that offers world-class education, leadership training and cost-free tuition in exchange for your commitment to serve in the Air Force or Space Force. For the most complete information on how to prepare and apply, visit the Academy Admissions website .

03 officer training school

Civilians and prior-service Airmen with college degrees can take part in this nine-week program to become an Officer in the Air Force. You’ll be challenged physically and mentally while gaining the skills needed to be a leader in the Air Force. Learn more on the Officer Training School page.

04 AFIT’S AIR FORCE GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

AFIT’s Air Force Graduate School for Engineering and Management is among the nation’s top engineering schools and enables officers to earn a master’s degree or Ph.D. in one of more than 20 areas of specialization.

05 AFIT CENTER FOR CYBERSPACE RESEARCH (CCR)

Helping train and equip warriors of the future for the cyber domain, this program conducts defense-focused research at the graduate level. This forward-looking center responds to the changing educational and research needs of the Air Force, the Department of Defense and the federal government.

06 AFIT’S CIVILIAN INSTITUTION PROGRAM

AFIT’s Civilian Institution program enables officers to pursue specializations not available at AFIT by attending one of more than 400 world-renowned universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations.

07 SQUADRON OFFICER SCHOOL (SOS)

Officers can step out of their current specialty and focus on becoming a more effective leader through this program. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Air Force’s core values and strengthen their leadership skills through classes and field exercises, experiencing firsthand how their skills as a leader directly influence the success of an entire group of Airmen.

08 THE AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (AFit)

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) allows Air Force Officers to pursue graduate studies as a full-time active duty assignment. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, AFIT is a world leader in defense technological education, research and consultation and is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for professional continuing education.

01 THE RESIDENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Medical and dental professionals can complete their residency without financial worry through the Residency Financial Assistance program. Those selected will receive more than $45,000 for every year they participate in the program as well as a stipend of over $2,000 per month to cover living expenses. Upon completion of residency, participants complete one year of service in the Air Force for each year of participation, plus one extra year. Contact your health professions recruiter for qualification and benefit information.

02 THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Students who wish to pursue a healthcare career can earn financial assistance through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. This scholarship covers all tuition and required fees, including textbooks, small equipment and supplies as well as a monthly allowance for living expenses. Studies funded include one- and two-year programs for Biomedical Science Corps specialties (pharmacists, optometrists, clinical psychologists and public health officers), two- and three-year programs for Nurse Corps specialties and three- and four-year programs for Medical Corps and Dental Corps.

A career in healthcare can be expensive, but the Air Force provides a variety of scholarships and training programs to help you not only achieve your goals but advance them too.

01 THE ALLIED HEALTH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Allied Health Internship Program offers several internship opportunities at Air Force medical facilities. The program allows participants to become interns in practice areas such as Clinical Psychology, Audiology, Clinical Social Worker, Dietetic and more. Contact your health professions recruiter for qualification and benefit information.

02 THE AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (AFIT)

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) allows Air Force Officers to pursue graduate studies as a full-time, active-duty assignment. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, AFIT is a world leader in defense technological education, research and consultation and is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for professional continuing education.

03 THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT TRAINING PROGRAM

Physician Assistants are an in-demand and highly respected career within the Air Force. Active Duty Airmen can apply to the Physician Assistant Training program. The qualified individuals accepted into the program will receive the advanced training they need to provide expert medical care to military personnel and their families.

04 HEALTHCARE CONTINUING EDUCATION (HCE)

Healthcare Continuing Education (HCE) is critical to the success of the Air Force mission. We support healthcare career development with mentorship opportunities and humanitarian missions around the world through funding and scheduling that allows for continuing study. Specific education and training opportunities are available for physicians, nurses and dentists.

05 THE NURSE ENLISTED COMMISSIONING PROGRAM (NECP)

The program offers Active Duty Airmen an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing to eventually become a Nurse in the Air Force. Participating students remain on Active Duty and continue to receive an income while going to school full time at a college or university that participates in ROTC. Participants receive tuition help for up to $15,000 per year, as well as a textbook allowance of $600 per year.

Pursue and advance your law career with the support of scholarships and advanced training.

01 THE AIR FORCE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL’S SCHOOL

JAGs seeking to expand their knowledge in different areas of practice, become more specialized in their field or earn Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits are encouraged to participate in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School. The school offers classroom courses and monthly webcasts that cover a wide variety of advanced topics.

02 MILITARY EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT

JAGs have multiple Military Education Development opportunities available to them, including Squadron Officers College, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.

03 OTHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

There are a variety of professional development opportunities available to JAGs, including submitting professional papers and articles to The Air Force Law Review or The Reporter (published by the Judge Advocate General’s Corps) or participating in programs by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).

04 THE AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (AFIT)

01 the judge advocate student loan repayment program (ja-slrp).

This program enables eligible JAGs to apply for up to $65,000 toward student loan repayment. Payments are made directly to a qualified lender over a three-year period, beginning once you have completed your first year of service as a JAG officer.

02 THE MASTER OF LAWS (LL.M.) PROGRAMS

This is a tuition-free option for pursuing an advanced degree in specialties such as Government Contract Law, Environmental Law, Labor Law, Cyber Law, Air and Space Law or International Law. While obtaining an advanced degree, participants receive full tuition, fees and a book allowance from the Air Force while continuing to serve on Active Duty with full pay, allowances and other benefits. After completing the program, participants receive an assignment that utilizes their advanced legal education.

Pursue your higher calling with the Air Force’s support.

01 THE AIR FORCE RESERVE CHAPLAIN CORPS

The Air Force Reserve Chaplain Corps offers three avenues of service to the Air Force. The first enables ministry professionals to serve with a local reserve unit and train one weekend a month. The second commits you to serve 12 days on annual tour and 12 in a chapel on an Active Duty base. The final option is the Chaplain Candidate program tailored to students. All options come with the flexibility and benefits found in the Air Force Reserve.

02 THE CHAPLAIN CANDIDATE PROGRAM

Seminary and religious school students who are interested in Air Force service can apply to the Chaplain Candidate program. Candidates collaborate with an Air Force chapel team during summer tours of active duty. Upon graduation and obtaining an ecclesiastical endorsement, chaplain candidates are eligible for reappointment as a Chaplain in the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard or Active Duty component.

03 THE CHAPLAIN LEAVE OF ABSENCE PROGRAM

The Chaplain Leave of Absence program enables authorized chaplain officers to take up to 15 days each year to attend a spiritual retreat, ecclesiastical conference or to consult with ecclesiastical superiors, such as meeting with your endorser.

TAKE YOUR SKILLS FARTHER

The advanced training and leadership skills you’ll gain in the Air Force will help you beyond your career as an Airman in whatever future goals you set. Whether you go on to pursue work in the civilian sector or would like to explore other ways to serve in the Air Force, your experience will make you a competitive candidate.

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YOUR HARD WORK WILL PAY OFF

  • THE AIR FORCE TUITION ASSISTANCE (TA) The Air Force Tuition Assistance (TA) program is designed to help active duty personnel pursue voluntary, off-duty educational opportunities. Currently, the program pays 100 percent (up to $250 per semester hour or equivalent) of the cost of college tuition with a limit of $4,500 per fiscal year. Courses and degree programs may be academic or technical and can be taken from two- or four-year institutions on base, off base or by correspondence.

Eligible, active duty Airmen can receive up to 36 months of benefits for education and training opportunities outside of the Air Force through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. These benefits may be used for undergraduate and graduate degree programs, vocational and technical training, tutorial assistance, books, supplies and monthly housing. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following release from active duty and may be transferred to spouses or dependent children.

A veteran benefit program, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) was created to assist military members in paying for college. Eligible, enlisted Airmen may receive up to 36 months of benefits for education and training opportunities outside of the Air Force. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship or on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty.

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Air Force reservists can soon apply to join the Space Force

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The Space Force on Saturday will begin accepting applications from Air Force reservists to join the newest service as full-time guardians, the service said in a release.

Bringing reservists who already work in space-related jobs into the fold will mark the Space Force’s next step toward what it hopes will be a more flexible system for managing troops across full-time and part-time roles.

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“This is an important first step toward fully integrating critical space expertise from the Reserve into our force,” Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman said in the release. “We’ve been serving side-by-side together, supporting the same mission, for longer than the Space Force has existed.”

Those invited to apply span officers and enlisted airmen across multiple fields, up to the rank of colonel for officers and chief master sergeant for enlisted.

Reserve officers who may join the Space Force include those in space operations (13S); cyberspace operations (17X); intelligence (14N); developmental engineering (62E); acquisition management (63A); and scientists (61X).

Scientists and others whose roles don’t exist in the Space Force will need to become a developmental engineer or acquisition manager, the service said.

Enlisted reservists who may apply to join include space systems operators (1C6); intelligence specialists (1N0); imagery analysts (1N1), signals intelligence analysts (1N2); cryptologic language analysts (1N3); network intelligence analysts (1N4); targeting analysts (1N8); cyber defense operators (1D7X1); spectrum operations technicians (1D7X2); and cable and antennae defense operators (1D7X3).

The application window runs through Nov. 30. The Space Force will consider applicants at three selection boards held in September and November 2024 and January 2025. Transfers will begin in fiscal year 2025.

People chosen to join the Space Force must agree to at least two years of active-duty service, or up to six years for enlisted troops, among other eligibility requirements .

Joining the Space Force may also require the former reservists to move to a new base, the service said . That could prove difficult for current part-timers who need to stay put because of family, educational or career obligations.

“If a transfer applicant is assigned at or near a Space Force location and an authorized vacancy exists, it may be possible for the member to remain local for their first assignment if that is their stated preference,” the Space Force said. “Members that are not assigned at or near a Space Force location, or members assigned at or near a Space Force location, but no authorized vacancy exists, will likely be reassigned, which may require [a permanent change of station].”

The Space Force — which remains the smallest branch of the armed forces by far — has grown to around 9,000 troops, all of whom serve on active duty.

The Air Force Reserve did not immediately answer Tuesday how many of its airmen still serve in space missions. That includes the Reserve’s only space wing: the 310th Space Wing, which handles space surveillance, missile warning and a host of other missions from Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado.

“The Space Force is about to integrate some of the most talented space operators,” Air Force Reserve boss Lt. Gen. John Healy said in the release. “I have no doubt they will be key to advancing security in the space domain.”

Reserve airmen who work in space operations must transfer to the Space Force as a full- or part-time guardian or jump to a different career field within the Air Force, the release said. The Air Force plans to discontinue its space operations field because the Space Force now oversees those units.

Part-time spots in the Space Force are slated to open in 2026 once the service has established the infrastructure and policies needed to bring troops into those jobs.

The Space Force hopes to create a new personnel system under which troops can switch between full-time and part-time jobs, potentially offering more options to people who, for instance, want to cut their hours to care for family or pursue a civilian job opportunity. The service hopes consolidating those troops into a single component will streamline the assignment process and prove less bureaucratic than the traditional active-duty Guard and Reserve components.

If the Department of the Air Force’s plan to move space-focused Air National Guard units under that same umbrella takes effect, the Space Force said, Guardsmen can expect a similar transfer process as their reserve counterparts.

Rachel Cohen is the editor of Air Force Times. She joined the publication as its senior reporter in March 2021. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Frederick News-Post (Md.), Air and Space Forces Magazine, Inside Defense, Inside Health Policy and elsewhere.

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Here Are the 73 Air Force Jobs Offering Big Reenlistment and Retention Bonuses

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The Air Force is now offering even more money for troops to reenlist and stay in 73 of its toughest and most critical jobs.

These bonuses, which can range anywhere from $180,000 (an $80,000 increase from prior years) to $360,000 over the span of an airman's entire career, are for positions such as tactical air control party airman and explosive ordnance disposal to jobs in religious affairs or being a dental assistant.

The selective retention bonus "serves as a retention tool, targeting experienced enlisted personnel in critical career fields, particularly those with lower manning or retention rates. Additionally, specialties involving extensive initial skills training and stringent qualification requirements are considered," the Air Force said in a news release.

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The latest list of 73 Air Force specialty codes applicable for the new bonus is a major increase from the prior year's 51 eligible career fields. Airmen identified as being eligible last year are still eligible if their job remains on the list.

Service members can reenlist up to 12 months before the end of their current contracts. In addition to expanding the career list, the service also upped the service cap from six years (72 months) to eight years (96 months).

"The change not only allows airmen to maximize the amount received from eligible retention bonuses, but also allows airmen in any AFSC flexibility in their reenlistment contract," the service said.

Here are the 73 Air Force specialty codes, provided to Military.com on Wednesday, that are now eligible for the bonus:

  • 1A1X3D - Special Mission Aviator ( C-130J Loadmaster)
  • 1A1X3E - Special Mission Aviator ( HC-130J Loadmaster)
  • 1A8X1G - Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst (Chinese)
  • 1A8X1I - Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst (Russian)
  • 1A8X1K - Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst (Persian)
  • 1B4X1 - Cyber Warfare Operations
  • 1C1X1 - Air Traffic Control
  • 1C3X1 - All-Domain Command and Control Operations
  • 1C5X1 - Battle Management Operations
  • 1C5X1D - Battle Management Operations (Weapons Director)
  • 1D791 - Cyberspace Defense Operations, Superintendent
  • 1D7X1M - Cyber Defense Operations (Mission Defense Activities)
  • 1D7X1P - Cyber Defense Operations (Data Operations)
  • 1D7X1Q - Cyber Defense Operations (Enterprise Operations)
  • 1D7X1W - Cyber Defense Operations (Expeditionary Communications)
  • 1D7X3C - Cable and Antennae Defense Operations (Cable and Antennae Operations)
  • 1H0X1 - Aerospace Physiology
  • 1N2X1A - Signal Intelligence (Electronic Non-Communications Analyst)
  • 1N3X1G - Cryptologic Language Analyst (Chinese)
  • 1N3X1I - Cryptologic Language Analyst (Russian)
  • 1N3X1K - Cryptologic Language Analyst (Persian)
  • 1N4X1A - Cyber Intelligence (Analysis)
  • 1N8X1 - Targeting Analyst
  • 1P0X1A - Aircrew Flight Equipment (Ejection Seat Aircraft)
  • 1P0X1B - Aircrew Flight Equipment (Non-Ejection Seat Aircraft)
  • 1T0X1 - Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape
  • 1Z1X1 - Pararescue
  • 1Z2X1 - Combat Control
  • 1Z3X1 - Tactical Air Control Party
  • 1Z4X1 - Special Reconnaissance
  • 2A373 - Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman
  • 2A3X5B - Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics (F-35)
  • 2A3X5C - Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics ( MQ-1 / MQ-9 / RQ-4 )
  • 2A375 - Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics Craftsman
  • 2A377 - Tactical Aircraft Maintenance (5th Generation) Craftsman
  • 2A378 - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman
  • 2A3X8A - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance (MQ-1/MQ-9)
  • 2A3X8B - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Maintenance (RQ-4)
  • 2A5X1A - Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance ( C-20 / C-21 /C-22/ C-37 / C-40 /E-4/ VC-25 )
  • 2A574 - Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman
  • 2A5X4C - Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance ( KC-46 )
  • 2A5X4D - Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance ( B-52 )
  • 2A5X4E - Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance ( B-1 )
  • 2A5X4F - Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance ( B-2 )
  • 2G0X1 - Logistics Plans
  • 2M090 - Missile and Space System Maintenance
  • 2M0X1X - Missile and Space System Electronic Maintenance
  • 2M0X2 - Missile and Space System Maintenance
  • 2M0X3 - Missile and Space Facilities
  • 2W2X1 - Nuclear Weapons
  • 3E5X1 - Engineering
  • 3E8X1 - Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • 3F371 - Manpower
  • 3P0X1A - Security Forces (Military Working Dog Handler)
  • 3P0X1B - Security Forces (Combat Arms)
  • 4C0X1 - Mental Health Service
  • 4H0X1 - Respiratory Care Practitioner
  • 4J0X2 - Physical Medicine
  • 4J0X2A - Physical Medicine (Orthotic)
  • 4N0X1C - Aerospace Medical Service (Independent Duty Medical Technician)
  • 4N0X1D - Aerospace Medical Service (Allergy/Immunization Technician)
  • 4N0X1F - Aerospace Medical Service (Flight and Operational Medicine)
  • 4N0X1G - Aerospace Medical Service (Aeromedical Evacuation)
  • 4N0X1H - Aerospace Medical Service (National Registry Paramedic)
  • 4N1X1B - Surgical Technologist (Urology)
  • 4N1X1C - Surgical Technologist (Orthopedics)
  • 4N1X1D - Surgical Technologist (Otorhinolaryngology)
  • 4P0X1 - Pharmacy
  • 4R0X1A - Diagnostic Imaging (Nuclear Medicine)
  • 4R0X1C - Diagnostic Imaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • 4V0X1S - Ophthalmic (Ophthalmology)
  • 4Y0X1H - Dental Assistant (Dental Hygienist)
  • 5R0X1 - Religious Affairs

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  1. Assignment

    The Assignment Management System (AMS) is a web application that houses multiple applications in support of officer assignments, enlisted assignments, commander responsibilities, and individual Air Force members. Users have access to a portion of their own personnel data and the ability to use manning tools, volunteer for available assignments, and review career field information using AMS.

  2. Career Management

    AMS (Assignment Management System) The Assignment Management System, is an online program used for assignment preferences and career management for officer and enlisted Airmen. AMS also contains the EQUAL-Plus listings which are updated on a weekly basis and are arranged by grade and AFSC. AMS Contacts: DSN 665-5004 Commercial (800)616-3775 TDD ...

  3. AFPCSecure 4.0

    You are accessing a U.S. Government (USG) Information System (IS) that is provided for USG-authorized use only. -The USG routinely intercepts and monitors communications on this IS for purposes including, but not limited to, penetration testing, COMSEC monitoring, network operations and defense, personnel misconduct (PM), law enforcement (LE ...

  4. Talent Marketplace developing a Total Force 'One-Stop-Shop' assignment

    The Department of the Air Force is taking another step toward making Talent Marketplace the "one-stop shop" location for Total Force Airmen and Guardians. A web-based assignment system platform focused on filling mission requirements, Talent Marketplace, ... enlisted assignment reformation is full-speed ahead with the development of Talent ...

  5. Air Force's Enlisted Swap Assignment Program starts June 1

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- Announced at the September 2022 Air and Space Forces Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference, the Air Force Enlisted Swap Assignment Program goes live June 1 for senior master sergeants and below with a current assignment. This new policy provides Airmen with more control and new flexibilities in their assignment process.

  6. Enlisted Assignment Working Group 'Wins'

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass recently prompted the inception of the Enlisted Assignment Working Group with the intent for an overdue holistic review of the Department of the Air Force's enlisted assignment program. The team was comprised of active-duty enlisted Airmen from a variety of ranks, bases and careers dedicated to analyzing policies and ...

  7. Talent Marketplace developing a Total Force 'One-Stop-Shop' assignment

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas--The Department of the Air Force is taking another step toward making Talent Marketplace the "one-stop-shop" location for Total Force Airmen and Guardians.A web-based assignment system platform focused on filling mission requirements, Talent Marketplace helps balance the art and science of assignment matching.

  8. Navigating the Air Force assignment system

    The active-duty assignment notifications went automatic Jan. 21, making knowledge of the Air Force's assignment system more important than ever before. ... In a recent commentary the AFPC function manager for enlisted communication assignments, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wanke, discussed his view on the current system. ...

  9. A very brief description of the assignment process : r/AirForce

    A very brief description of the assignment process. TLDR; The Air Force's priority is cycling people through OCONUS spots and back, and also through special duty spots and back to regular AF duties. Most assignment actions happen due to one of these. If you want to get an assignment, then volunteer for OCONUS and/or apply for special assignments.

  10. New Web app makes assignment system easier to use

    RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- Active duty Air Force members -- officers and enlisted -- who log on to the Air Force Personnel Center's Assignment Management System will find a new Web application that makes navigation faster and easier. "It's all part of AFPC's on-going effort to increase service to our customers," said Master Sgt. Brad Bryant, Assignment Systems Management ...

  11. Air Force's new job assignment policies aim for flexibility, stability

    Enlisted airmen other than chief master sergeants, or E-9s, can take advantage of the program. To trade jobs, airmen must hold the same Air Force job and special experience codes, and have reached ...

  12. Enlisted Assignment Cycles : r/AirForce

    Enlisted Assignment Cycles. POSITIVITY! This is just a PSA. Next assignment windows. System / Type / RNLTD / Window opens. AMS / OCONUS / Apr-Jun 2024 / 16 Aug 2023. AMS / CONUS (OCONUS returnee, CONUS Mandatory mover) / Nov 2023 - Jan 2024 / 19 July 2023. I couldn't find a chart for more AMS cycles, it used to be there in mypers.

  13. AFPC adopting innovative officer assignment system IT platform > Air

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- The Air Force's Personnel Center is adopting an innovative web-based platform to support the officer assignment system that aims to increase flexibility and transparency for officers and commanders within the assignment process. Inspired by the Nobel Prize-winning National Residency Matching Program, this key talent management technology ...

  14. New web application makes Assignment Management System easier to use

    RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Active duty Air Force members, officers and enlisted, who log on to the Air Force Personnel Center's Assignment Management System after March 13 will find a new web application that makes navigation faster and easier. "It's all part of AFPC's on-going effort to increase service to our customers," said Master Sgt. Brad Bryant, Assignment Systems Management ...

  15. Air Force's Enlisted Swap Assignment Program starts June 1

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS)--Announced at the September 2022 Air and Space Forces Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference, the Air Force Enlisted Swap Assignment Program goes live June 1 for senior master sergeants and below with a current assignment.This new policy provides Airmen with more control and new flexibilities in their assignment process.

  16. Enlisted Assignment Working Group 'Wins'

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass recently prompted the inception of the Enlisted Assignment Working Group with the intent for an overdue holistic review of the Department of the Air Force's enlisted assignment program. The team was comprised of active-duty enlisted Airmen from a variety of ranks, bases and careers dedicated to analyzing policies and ...

  17. Air Force Assignment System

    Air Force assignments are governed by Air Force Instruction 36-2110. Qualified people with the needed skills must be in the right job at the right time to meet the Air Force mission. At the same time, the Air Force has a responsibility to keep attuned to the demands placed on its members resulting from personnel tempo, a quality-of-life metric ...

  18. Continuing Education

    The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) allows Air Force Officers to pursue graduate studies as a full-time, active-duty assignment. Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, AFIT is a world leader in defense technological education, research and consultation and is the Air Force's graduate school of engineering and management ...

  19. SLCMS

    The USG routinely intercepts and monitors communications on this IS for purposes including, but not limited to, penetration testing, COMSEC monitoring, network operations and defense, personnel misconduct (PM), law enforcement (LE), and counterintelligence (CI) investigations. At any time, the USG may inspect and seize data stored on this IS.

  20. Talent Marketplace assignment system expands to all ...

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Air Force officers in the ranks of lieutenant colonel and below in all Air Force specialty codes, with the exception of judge advocate general, will use the Talent Marketplace web-based platform as their assignment system for the Winter 2019-2020 officer assignment cycle. The Air Force will use this key talent management technology to publish ...

  21. PDF By Order of The Department of The Air Force Secretary of The Air Force

    Duties in the SRB skill are defined IAW the Department of the Air Force Enlisted Classification Directory (DAFECD). If selected for duties outside the SRB skill after ... who have an Assignment Limitation Code - O in-system and are receiving a SRB and notifies the CC/civilian director of those service members who must be performing SRB-related ...

  22. New Web application makes Assignment Management System easier to use

    Active duty Air Force members, officers and enlisted, who log on to the Air Force Personnel Center's Assignment Management System after March 21 will find a new web application that makes navigation faster and easier. "It's all part of AFPC's on-going, News, features and commentaries pertaining to the Air Force Personnel Center.

  23. Air Force reservists can soon apply to join the Space Force

    The application window runs through Nov. 30. The Space Force will consider applicants at three selection boards held in September and November 2024 and January 2025. Transfers will begin in fiscal ...

  24. Here Are the 73 Air Force Jobs Offering Big Reenlistment and Retention

    The Air Force is now offering even more money for troops to reenlist and stay in 73 of its toughest and most critical jobs. These bonuses, which can range anywhere from $180,000 (an $80,000 ...

  25. Fiscal Year 2024 Marine Corps Talent Acquisition Pilot

    Former Air Force 1N series MOS; Former Navy Cryptologic Technician (CT) series MOS. 9.c.(3) Non-Prior Service. Degree in computer science, information systems, engineering, or other related ...

  26. Advance assignment notification enhancement prompts ...

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Commanders will now receive seven-day advance notification of assignments for their Airmen as the Air Force's Personnel Center takes steps toward a more transparent and interactive assignment system.This change supports Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein's "Revitalizing Squadrons" effort, ensuring commanders are aware of ...

  27. USCG Pay & Personnel Center

    The Active-Duty Supplemental Advancement Eligibility Lists for June 2024 (reflects requests processed prior to June 1) have been posted. The list is available on PPC ADV's CG SharePoint Online page.Refer to ALCGENL message 035/18 for supplemental, U. S. Coast Guard Pay and Personnel News Updates, Direct-Access Changes, Pay, BAH, Transfer, PCS, TDY, Coast Guard Travel News

  28. Air Force releases latest field grade officer promotions

    Published May 30, 2024. Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs. JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas --. The Air Force selected 1,366 active-duty majors for promotion to lieutenant colonel during recent CY24A central selection boards (LAF-A/C/F/I/N/X, NC and MSC). Lieutenant Colonel (P0524A) selection statistics: