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High year of tenure extension for 122 specialties

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- Eligible senior airmen, staff sergeants, technical sergeants, and master sergeants in 122 Air Force specialties can apply for a high year of tenure extension and, if approved, will be able to extend between 12 and 24 months past their current HYT.

Eligible Airmen who apply for an extension should be approved by their unit commander or civilian leader, and should meet regular re-enlistment criteria as well. Airmen with a re-enlistment restriction are not eligible to apply for an HYT extension.

The HYT extension application window will be open Feb. 1, 2016, through May 31, 2017.

Eligible Airmen with a current HYT in February 2016 should apply as soon as possible to obtain approval prior to their current HYT. Eligible Airmen with a current HYT March 1-May 31, 2016, should apply at least 30 days prior to their current HYT. All other eligible Airmen should submit their requests for extension at least 120 days prior to their current HYT.

Eligibility is limited to specific control Air Force specialty codes and grades as of Jan. 26, 2016, but the following Airmen may also apply:

- Airmen who previously held an eligible AFSC, who are projected to return to the eligible AFSC on or before Sept. 30, 2017, and who have a current HYT between Feb. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, may apply. Airmen in this category should provide documentation showing their projected return date with their HYT extension request.

- Airmen who are in a special duty or developmental special duty assignment, who have an eligible AFSC, and who have an assignment availability code or date eligible for return from overseas date that expires on or before Sept. 30, 2017, may apply. Airmen in this category should provide documentation of the eligible AFSC with their HYT extension request. DEROS and AAC curtailment requests will not be approved for this program.

Airmen approved for an extension should get required retainability within 10 days of being notified or they will forfeit the opportunity for an HYT extension.

For complete eligibility criteria and application information, go to the myPers website, select "Any" from the search drop down options and enter "FY16/17 High Year of Tenure Extension Program" in the search window.

For more information about Air Force personnel programs, go to the myPers website. Individuals who do not have a myPers account can request one by following the instructions on the Air Force Retirees Services website.