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3 AFSCs added for re-up bonuses, 2 more to rise

Dec. 27, 2012 - 05:33PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 - 05:33PM  |  
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If your job is cyberspace defense, you'll soon be able to collect a bonus to re-enlist, but if you handle nukes, you're out of luck.

Three new Air Force Specialty Codes have been added to the selective re-enlistment bonus list and two more AFSCs will offer higher re-enlistment bonuses, the Air Force announced Thursday.

One AFSC was removed from the list and another will see its bonus decrease, according to the Air Force Personnel Center. All changes are effective on Jan. 18.

Exact bonus amounts were not immediately available on Thursday.

"It is dependent on base pay, which varies from person to person," Air Force spokesman Michael Dickerson said.

The following AFSCs were added to the list:

1B4X1 (Cyberspace Defense Operations)

4R0X1C (Diagnostic Imaging)

4Y0X1H (Dental Assistant Specialty)

Airmen in these two AFSCs will see their re-enlistment bonuses go up:

1C1X1 (Air Traffic Control)

4N0X1C (Aerospace Medical Service Specialist, Independent Duty Medical Technician)

"Increases and additions were based on retention/manning trends and career field manager input," said a news release from the Air Force Personnel Center.

Meanwhile, the bonus for 3N0X5 (Photojournalist) is being decreased and 2W2X1 (Nuclear Weapons) has been dropped from the list.

"Decreases were the result of two career fields merging; the career field being removed has achieved health retention and manning status," Michael McLaughlin, AFPC chief of re-enlistments, said in the news release. "Overall, this change will increase the number of Air Force Specialty Codes that receive an SRB in one or more zones to 55 career fields."

In July, the Air Force announced it was eliminating 71 enlistment zones from the SRB list. Since the release of the list had been delayed for months, airmen had less than a month to re-enlist before the changes took effect.

The revised list included 53 AFSCs, the smallest number since 2008, when the Air Force offered bonuses to airmen in 32 AFSCs.

"We are facing the realities of high retention in many areas of the force and government-wide budget deficits," said Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, deputy chief of staff for Air Force Manpower, Personnel and Services, in a news release at the time. "These are difficult decisions."

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