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Air Force officials say record retention rates and legal restrictions will force the service to delay a promotion board for thousands of captains until 2014.
"If the Air Force were to continue at the pin-on rates common over the past several years, the total number of majors would surpass the total allowable by the law," said Lt. Col. Emi Izawa, chief of the Military Force Policy Division, in a Tuesday news release.
The major's board for judge advocates will also be delayed for scheduling reasons, but this delay will not affect projected pin-on dates. And neither chaplains nor health profession officers are affected by the delay.
The Line of the Air Force promotion board for captains commissioned in 2005 was supposed to be held in December 2013, but officials said if the service continued to promote at its current rates, it would have violated the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act restrictions. That law prevents the service from having a surplus of majors, lieutenant colonels and colonels.
Izawa said delaying the board about nine months moves it closer to the start of that year group's pin-on date so the Air Force can comply with Office of the Secretary of Defense policy and congressional expectations.
The 2014 Selection Board schedule will be released in the summer of 2013.
Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, Air Force deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, said in the news release that the delay will not make affected officers less competitive for future promotion consideration.