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  1. Airmen return from deploymenton July 28. The Air Force announced Wednesday it has approved early retirement for more than 2,100 enlisted members and more than 350 officers. Airman 1st Class Anthony Sanchelli/Air Force

    Final count: More than 2,100 enlisted members granted early retirement

    The Air Force has finished processing and approving enlisted airmen's early retirement applications and is nearly finished officers' applications.

    • Apr. 23, 2014
  2. Delta Company soldiers march to the field at Army Officer Candidate School. Army

    Switching services could be your best shot at OCS

    Michael Heller knew that if he was going to move up, he had to get out.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  3. Airmen return from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Air Force has opened a new round of 15-year retirement opportunities for airmen who were deployed, on a short-tour assignment or had an unwaiverable service commitment during the last application window. Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier/Air Force

    New early retirement window opens

    The Air Force on Tuesday opened a new window for select airmen to apply for early retirement.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
  4. 25 selected for supplemental promotions

    The Air Force has selected 25 airmen for supplemental promotion to staff sergeant, technical sergeant and senior master sergeant.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
  5. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody told lawmakers the Air Force is taking steps to make sure all separating or retiring airmen attend Transition Assistance Program courses. Scott Ash/Air Force

    Air Force ramps up transition assistance for flood of separating airmen

    The Air Force is ramping up its Transition Assistance Program to help handle an unusually high number of airmen expected to leave the service in the next few years, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said Wednesday.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  6. 'Where there are mistakes, as an institution, we will make it right,' said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, deputy chief of staff, manpower, personnel and services. Mike Morones / Staff

    Air Force will honor early retirements that were revoked

    The Air Force said Tuesday that a handful of airmen whose approved early retirements had been revoked will still be able to retire if they so choose.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  7. An aircraft phase maintenance specialist with the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron works on the wing of an A-10 Thunderbolt II at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. Capt. Raymond Geoffroy / Air Force

    Thousands of airmen spared

    At least 8,751 airmen's jobs are no longer on the chopping block this year, according to the latest charts obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  8. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody is pushing commanders to nominate more airmen for developmental special-duty assignments. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    Commanders told to nominate more NCOs for special duties

    The Air Force expects to select between 700 and 1,000 staff sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants for the next round of developmental special-duty assignments fewer than during last year's first round.

    • Mar. 27, 2014
  9.  Staff

    Nearly 1,000 selected for senior master sergeant

    The Air Force released the list Thursday of 999 master sergeants selected for promotion to senior master sergeant.

    • Mar. 20, 2014
  10. 54 enlisted selected for supplemental promotion

    Fifty-four additional enlisted airmen have been selected for supplemental promotion, the Air Force Personnel Center announced Thursday.

    • Mar. 13, 2014
  11. Personnel chief Lt. Gen. Sam Cox said eligible airmen should continue to apply for the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or 15-year retirement, and voluntary separation pay programs, despite a pause in processing applications. Mike Morones/Air Force

    AF stops work on most force-shaping programs

    The Air Force has halted work on most of its force reduction programs while it re-evaluates them, according to a statement released Wednesday.

    • Mar. 12, 2014
  12. Approvals are on hold for voluntary separation pay and early retirement programs aimed at thinning the Air Force's ranks by more than 20,000 airmen this year. Staff Sgt. Richard Ebensberger/Air Force

    Air Force halts voluntary separation pay, 15-year retirements

    The Air Force Personnel Center has halted processing of early retirement and voluntary separation applications for both officers and enlisted.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  13. Senior master sgt. promotion announcement delayed

    The Air Force has delayed by two weeks the announcement of senior master sergeant promotion selections.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  14. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody said supervisors can direct airmen facing personal difficulties to appropriate resources. Scott Ash / Air Force

    Chief: Getting personal on EPRs will help airmen

    Discussions about personal finances and relationships with supervisors one of the steps coming to the new Enlisted Evaluation System raise privacy concerns for some airmen.

    • Feb. 26, 2014
  15. SFC pitches idea for 'Army Retirement Medal'

    When Sgt. 1st Class Steven Janotta first floated his idea for a retirement medal, some of his peers thought he was joking and wasting their time.

    • Feb. 9, 2014
  16.  File

    Staff sergeant testing window moved up one month

    Aspiring staff sergeants must prepare to test as early as April 1, one month earlier than previously announced. But those selected for promotion will avoid facing the enlisted retention board reviewing airmen for separation.

    • Feb. 7, 2014
  17. In this photo illustration, Senior Airman Kentavist Brackin wears the uniforms of both the Air Force and the Marine Corps. In a recent essay, the former Marine corporal writes about his fondness for the Air Force. Staff Sgt. Jeff Andrejcik/Air Force

    Airman: Marines aren't that different

    Marines and airmen might have opinions about what each other's service is like, but one devil dog who made the switch to the Air Force said both sides might be surprised to learn that they're not as different as they might think.

    • Feb. 1, 2014
  18. Airmen walk on the flightline at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in December. Roughly 7,000 enlisted airmen are eligible to face the Air Force's first Quality Force Review Board in May. Senior Airman Kayla Newman/Air Force

    7,000 to face Quality Force Review Board

    Roughly 7,000 enlisted airmen are eligible to face and possibly be selected for separation by the Air Force's first Quality Force Review Board in May, the Air Force Personnel Center said.

    • Jan. 16, 2014
  19. 100 selected for supplemental promotion

    The Air Force has selected 100 airmen for supplemental promotions in January.

    • Jan. 9, 2014
  20. RPA pilots are among those not eligible for the Air Force's voluntary separation programs. Air Force

    Lists show who's eligible and ineligible for early retirement

    Fighter, rescue or remotely piloted aircraft pilots hoping for an opportunity to retire early or take other voluntary separation measures in the coming drawdown are going to be disappointed.

    • Jan. 8, 2014
  21. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody delivers his Enlisted Perspective at Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium & Technology Exposition in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 21, 2013. Cody's presentation highlighted the toll military service takes on families and the importance of creating a healthy work-life balance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash

    Air Force looking at value of promotion points for longevity

    The Air Force is working on the first major changes to the enlisted evaluation system in 20 years with a goal to keep the best performing airmen as the service contracts under budget pressure.

    • Dec. 23, 2013
  22. Retention boards target chiefs in 45 career fields

    Chief master sergeants in 45 career fields are being targeted for retirement under the Air Force's first retention board for that rank, according to a memo obtained by Air Force Times.

    • Dec. 19, 2013
  23. December enlisted supplemental promotion list released

    The Air Force Personnel Center has released the names of 261 airmen on the December enlisted supplemental promotion list.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  24.  Air Force

    243 retraining slots remain for first-term airmen

    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.

    • Dec. 6, 2013
  25. 819 medical officers selected for promotion

    The Air Force has selected 819 medical officers for promotion to major, lieutenant colonel and colonel, the Air Force Personnel Center said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 27, 2013
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