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Involuntary phase for NCO retraining program begins

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNEWS) -- Airmen identified as required to retrain must submit a retraining application by Jan. 15 or separate from the Air Force under Phase II of the Air Force Fiscal 2007 Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program.

After meeting the Jan. 15 deadline, Phase II eligibles must choose an Air Force specialty code from a list of available AFSCs and submit a completed retraining application by Feb. 28.

Any Airman identified as vulnerable for retraining who fails to submit the initial retraining application will be determined to have officially declined retraining and will be separated from the Air Force on their current date of separation.

"Airmen selected for retraining who have the necessary retainability cannot decline retraining," said Chief Master Sgt. Christine Williams, chief of the Air Force Personnel Center enlisted skills management branch. "All Airmen identified as being retraining eligible must retrain or face separation under guidelines established for the retraining program."

Vulnerability listings by grade and AFSC are posted and will be updated weekly on the Air Force Personnel Center's Web site at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/enlskills/retraining/enlskillasp.asp. Airmen should click on the "Retraining" button to view current information.

A total of 1,073 active-duty Airmen have been targeted for involuntary retraining into another Air Force specialty chosen for them by the Air Force Personnel Center enlisted retraining staff.

Phase II began Jan. 3 and will end when retraining quotas are met, but not later than March 31.

"This phase of the retraining program is necessary to help meet the needs of the Air Force by putting Airmen where they are needed most," said Senior Master Sgt. Greg McClain, superintendent of Air Force Enlisted Retraining. "We will work with those Airmen who are selected for retraining, as we would any retraining case, in order to make the transition as smooth as possible for the Airman and his or her family while still meeting the needs of the Air Force."

For more information, Airmen should contact their command support staff personnel, their base career assistance advisor or the Air Force Contact Center at 800-665-5000.

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