Senior Airman Matt Morrow, an aerial gunner from the 33rd Rescue Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, scans the Sri Lankan horizon during tsunami relief operations. Aerial gunner is one of the 30 fields on the CJR restricted list. (Air Force)
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The Air Force has nearly doubled the number of career fields that will face tougher re-enlistment limits for first-term airmen looking to re-enlist.
Air Force Personnel Center officials announced that 30 career fields will have career jobs reservation restrictions for fiscal 2013. That's up from the 17 Air Force Specialty Codes on the CJR list announced in February. Five careers from that list are no longer there, 12 are still there and 18 new ones were added.
All first-term airmen need a CJR to re-enlist, but historic high retention has forced the service to limit the number of CJRs in some career fields. The CJR program helps the Air Force control the number of first-term airmen allowed to re-enlist in careers that are already overmanned, said Michael McLaughlin, AFPC Air Force Re-enlistment Branch chief, in a news release.
CJR selections are based on current grade, projected grade and total active military service. An airman with an unfavorable information file is automatically disqualified. The window for reservations begins in an airman's 35th month if enlisting on a four-year contract or the 59th month for airmen on a six-year contract.
Airmen selected by their commanders for re-enlistment will automatically be considered for a CJR, but airmen who are not selected will be considered the following month. CJRs are awarded the 25th of each month.
"If you aren't selected … that doesn't mean that your career is over," McLaughlin said. "In addition to being considered the next month, you can always apply for retraining or a special-duty assignment."
McLaughlin said airmen should seek out retraining and special-duty assignments to develop new skills and leadership abilities.
NCO deadlines approach
First-term airmen are not the only ones facing big career decisions. The Air Force announced in August that it needed more than 1,400 E-5s and E-6s to move from overmanned career fields to those with shortages as part of its annual NCO Retraining program, or NCOR.
Thousands of airmen were notified that they were on the service's master vulnerability list of more than 3,500 airmen and subject to involuntary retraining in fiscal 2013.
So far, the Air Force has filled about 61 percent of the slots through airmen who volunteered to retrain. Some airmen were forced to retrain into restricted career fields. The service will fill its quota of 539 unrestricted slots through an involuntary phase of the program that began Oct. 6.
OVERMANNED CAREER FIELDS
Eighteen career fields were added to the career jobs reservation program, and 12 remain from the list released in February. The list includes 25 overmanned career fields on the NCO retraining list, which are marked with an asterisk. The new Air Force specialties are highlighted in bold:
1A7X1 Aerial gunner
1N2X1C Signals intelligence analyst
1P0X1 Aircrew flight equipment•
2A0X1S Avionics test station & components•
2A6X2 Aerospace ground equipment•
2G0X1 Logistics plans
2P0X1 Precision measurement equipment laboratory
2R0X1 Maintenance management analysis•
2S0X1 Materiel management•
2T1X1 Vehicle operations•
2T3X2C Special vehicle maintenance•
2T3X7 Vehicle management and analysis•
3D0X1 Knowledge operations management•
3D1X1 Client systems•
3D1X3 RF transmission systems•
3D1X5 Ground radar systems•
3D1X6 Airfield systems•
3E0X1 Electrical systems•
3E0X2 Electrical power production•
3E1X1 Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration•
3E7X1 Fire protection•
3P0X1 Security forces•
4A1X1 Medical materiel•
4A2X1 Biomedical equipment
4D0X1 Diet therapy•
4J0X2 Physical medicine
4R0X1 Diagnostic imaging•
4Y0X1 Dental assistant•
6F0X1 Financial management and comptroller•
OFF THE CJR LIST
2A6X1 Aerospace propulsion
2A6X4 Aircraft fuel systems
2A7X3 Aircraft structural maintenance
2T0X1 Traffic management
3N0X4 Still photography