First-term airmen looking to retrain in 2014 have 10 career fields to choose from, according to a new list of retraining opportunities provided by the Air Force.
But they had better act fast. There are just 243 training slots left for fiscal 2014, which ends Sept. 30.
The Air Force has reduced retraining opportunities for 710 airmen in 44 specialties this year as it prepares for budget-driven cuts.
Personnel officials are in the process of notifying noncommissioned officers and first-term airmen affected by the reductions, said Joe Crady, the Air Force’s enlisted training manager. Among them: 341 staff sergeants, 174 senior airmen, 135 technical sergeants, 58 airmen first class and two master sergeants.
Many of those affected either volunteered or were told to retrain under the Air Force’s NCO retraining program. The Air Force put out a request in June for 970 NCOs to move from overmanned to undermanned Air Force Specialty Codes. The window for that program closed in September.
NCOs whose approved retraining was canceled for 2014 will be allowed to stay in their current jobs, Crady said.
“If they are notified they will have a variety of options” he said. But ultimately they will continue in their current AFSC. Obviously they can re-enlist, they can have any personnel action that they want to take. They can choose to separate at the end of the term, or they can choose to re-enlist.”
First-term airmen who lose their retraining slots will receive a career job reservation in their current AFSC, Crady said.
All of the training opportunities that remain are for first-term airmen, Crady said. The slots change constantly, so the best bet is for airmen to consult the retraining advisory on myPers.com, Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said.
The NCO retraining and first-term airmen retraining programs are the Air Force’s two largest. Even with the reductions this year, the Air Force has already approved nearly 4,000 whose retraining plans are not affected by the cuts. In fiscal 2013, 3,421 airmen were retrained into undermanned specialties.
The opportunities for fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, are likely to be smaller than in previous years, Crady said.
The Air Force first announced the cuts to retraining Nov. 26, the same day it announced 46 specialties would no longer be eligible for re-enlistment bonuses as of Dec. 5.
The moves are part of a force-shaping plan as the Air Force prepares for the possibility of being forced to trim the force by 25,000 airmen over the next five years, if sequestration continues.
In a Nov. 26 news release, Brig. Gen. Gina Grosso, director of force management policy, said that over the next few weeks the Air Force will unveil further force management plans.
The Air Force is eliminating 710 retraining slots:
|1A812||Airborne cryptologic linguist||3|
|1A911||Special mission aviation||27|
|1C032||Aviation resource management||11|
|1C131||Air traffic control||9|
|1C531||Command and control battle management operations||7|
|1C631||Space systems operations||14|
|1N331||Cryptologic language analyst||2|
|1N431B||Network intelligence analyst||5|
|1U0X1||Career remotely piloted aircraft sensor operator||95|
|2A731||Aircraft metals technology||35|
|2A732||Aircraft metals technology||3|
|2A735||Aircraft metals technology||22|
|3D032||Knowledge operations management||3|
|4N031||Aerospace medical service||14|
REDUCTIONS BY RANK
Staff sergeants will lose the
most retraining opportunities:
|Airman 1st Class||58|
Airmen still eligible for retraining:
|AFSC||Title||First-term airmen||Staff Sgt.|
|1W012||Special operations weather||11||0|
|2A913D||Bomber/special electronic warfare||1||0|
|2A913G||Bomber/ special electronic warfare||2||0|
|4N051C||Aerospace medical service||67||1|
Source: Air Force