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The Air Force has lifted the limits on how many first-term airmen can re-enlist in six career fields, the Air Force Personnel Center announced June 13.
A total of 18 career fields remain on the list of Air Force Specialty Codes that limit how many first-term airmen can re-enlist. Of those, 15 have too many noncommissioned officers, indicating there is a retention traffic jam starting at the NCO level that is forcing junior airmen out of the service.
All first-term airmen need a Career Job Reservation to re-enlist, but facing high retention and the need to cut airmen from its ranks, the Air Force has limited CJRs in certain career fields.
Airmen who do not get a CJR are put on a wait list, during which they can either retrain for an undermanned career field or hope they are eventually allowed to re-enlist in their current career field. Those airmen who opt to wait it out but don’t get a CJR by the end of three months must leave the Air Force.
Airmen in these six career fields who are on the wait list now will get their CJR:
■1N2X1C, Signals Intelligence Analyst-Comm.
■2G0X1, Logistics Plans.
■2R0X1, Maintenance Management Analysis.
■3D0X1, Knowledge Operations Management.
■3D1X1, Client Systems.
■4J0X2, Physical Medicine.
Meanwhile, the Air Force is reducing the number of first-term airmen who can re-enlist in 16 of the 18 career fields that still have CJR limits. The move comes one week after the service announced that it needs 970 NCOs to switch from overmanned to undermanned career fields. The overmanned NCO career fields make it harder for first-term airmen to move up.
The career fields lowering the number of first-term airmen who can re-enlist:
■2S0X1, Material Management.
■2T1X1, Vehicle Operations.
■2T3X2C, Special Vehicle Maintenance-Material Handling Equipment.
■2T3X7, Vehicle Management and Analysis.
■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.
■3P0X1, Security Forces.
■4D0X1, Diet Therapy.
■4R0X1, Diagnostic Imaging.
■4Y0X1, Dental Assistant.
■6F0X1, Financial Management and Comptroller.
The Air Force Personnel Center could not say by press time what the new quotas for these career fields are. Quotas for 4A1X1, Medical Materiel remain unchanged.
In April, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody told airmen on the CJR wait list they should retrain for another career field instead of waiting and hoping they will get the job they want.
“At the end of the day, if we don’t need you to do that job anymore, we don’t need you to do that job anymore — and this is not a jobs program,” Cody said. “This is about service.”