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Air Force offers early out to meet end strength

Feb. 4, 2013 - 03:26PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 4, 2013 - 03:26PM  |  
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The Air Force is beginning to release details about how it will reduce its end strength by 3,340 airmen by the end of September.

The service will offer voluntary separation programs again this year to shrink the force to the congressionally mandated end strength of 329,460, the Air Force Personnel Center announced Monday.

Lieutenant colonels in certain year groups and overage career fields will be offered time-in-grade waivers, limited active-duty service commitment waivers, Palace Chase transfers to the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve and a reduced requirement for commissioned years of service by two years — from 10 to eight.

Enlisted airmen not in critical career fields will be offered limited active-duty service commitment and time-in-grade waivers, waivers to enlistment contracts and Palace Chase transfers to the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve.

Applications must be submitted, via the virtual MPF, by Aug. 1. Approved separations must be complete by Sept. 29, and those approved to retire must do so by Sept. 1. The voluntary separation programs are open to all airmen, but service commitment waivers are not guaranteed to all.

"As we execute this year's voluntary force management strategy, the Air Force will continue to assess the need for additional voluntary and involuntary force management measures in order to meet authorized end-strength levels in current and future fiscal years," said Lt. Col. Letitia Marsh, Air Force separation and retirement Policy branch chief, in a release.

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