- Filed Under
Airmen will be told Jan. 6 if they will be considered by the Air Force’s first Quality Force Review Board that will convene May 5 to 16, according to a Dec. 19 memo obtained by Air Force Times.
The board will consider separating enlisted airmen up to the rank of senior master sergeant with a negative quality indicator code. Airmen who have between 18 and 20 years of service as of next Sept. 30 will be excluded from the board.
The board will be part of the Air Force’s deepest force cuts since the end of the Cold War. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh has repeatedly said that if the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester continue, the service will have to cut 25,000 airmen over five years.
“The Air Force had to make a difficult, but necessary decision to reduce the force,” the Dec. 19 memo said. “Therefore, due to widespread force structure cuts, the Air Force must take measures to reduce and shape our force while making deliberate decisions to posture our force for the future.”
Airmen with negative quality indicators are normally separated under date-of-separation rollbacks, but the Air Force has begun considering them separately.
Voluntary separation pay will not be offered to airmen meeting the board, but airmen with more than six and less than 15 years of service who are separated by the board will receive separation pay. Temporary early retirement authority — also known as 15-year retirements — will be offered to separated airmen with more than 15 and less than 18 years of service. Airmen with at least 20 years of service who are separated by this board will receive their normal retirement.
However, airmen who are eligible to meet the board may request voluntary retirement, or apply for TERA, if they meet the requirements. Those airmen must retire Aug. 14. The Air Force Personnel Center will accept applications for voluntary retirement or separations between Jan. 14 and March 26.
After convening, the board will identify which airmen will not be retained by the end of June. Unit commanders or senior raters will then notify airmen of the results of their board review.
Airmen who are separated will have to leave by Sept. 29. Airmen who are eligible to retire with 20 or more years of service will have to do so by Oct. 1.
The list of negative quality indicators is as follows:
Reporting identifier 9A100: Airmen awaiting retraining due to disqualification.
Reporting identifier 9A200: Airmen awaiting discharge for cause.
Promotion eligibility status R and assignment avail code 19: Current referral performance report.
Grade status reason 4B: Grade reduction.
Re-enlistment eligibility code 4E: Rank not commensurate with years of service.
Re-enlistment eligibility code 4F: Five or more days lost time.
Re-enlistment eligibility code 4G: No Air Force Specialty Code skill level commensurate with grade.
Re-enlistment eligibility code 4H and assignment availability code 12: Serving suspended Article 15 punishment.
Re-enlistment eligibility code 4I and assignment availability code 16: Serving on control roster.
Re-enlistment eligibility code 4J: Received poor fitness assessment.
Re-enlistment eligibility code 2E: Disqualified airman (for cause), return to duty program.
Re-enlistment eligibility code 2X and assignment avail code 10: Airman denied re-enlistment.