Oct. 1 – Pulse on AF force management

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Featured in this force management update are details regarding changes to the reduction in force board eligibility and ongoing civilian force management programs.

Military force management

Due to adjustments for operational requirements and additional voluntary separations, judge advocates (51J), operations research analysts (61A) in the 2002 year group, and acquisition managers (63A) in the 2001 year group, were all removed from consideration at the upcoming RIF board. The board is scheduled to convene at the Air Force Personnel Center in early October. Updated officer RIF and voluntary force management matrices are available on the myPers site.

The total projected losses for these boards is now 355 with approximately 2,333 eligible officers. These numbers represent significant reductions from the last matrices posted in early September, which showed a target of 413 with 2,593 eligible officers.

Civilian force management: voluntary early retirement authority/voluntary separation incentive pay

The AFPC has approved 239 applications received during the recent survey period for VERA/VSIP Round IV, in which 35 installations participated with 23,879 employees surveyed. Those applicants were approved for retirement or voluntary separation no later than Sept. 30, 2014.

In an effort to continue leading force management actions with voluntary programs, the first round of civilian workforce shaping measures for fiscal year 2015 will begin Oct. 6. Round 1 VERA/VSIP will again focus on Headquarters Air Force-assigned civilian employees, primarily located in the national capital region, and some major command locations targeting a total of 781 surplus positions. The remaining MAJCOMs will participate in a subsequent round.

This round does not focus on installations where MAJCOM HQs reside (e.g. Joint Base Langley-Eustis or Scott Air Force Base), or any positions impacted by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center stand-up. AFPC will provide supplemental guidance and instructions for submitting packages to those affected employees.

For fiscal 2015, Air Force officials are planning to use multiple rounds of civilian workforce shaping measures to include maximum use of pre-RIF placement flexibilities to help properly place and shape the civilian workforce. This will culminate with a RIF planned for Sept. 30, 2015, utilized as a last resort.

Going forward

Fiscal 2015 force management initiatives are still undergoing review and finalization and will be announced as early as possible so Airmen have the necessary time to consider all career options.

Continued service in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve

Opportunities remain available for Airmen to continue serving while filling critical total force needs in an Air Reserve Component. Interested Airmen should first contact their local in-service recruiter for additional information. To view the Air Force Reserve website click here, or call 800-257-1212. To view the ANG website, click here, or call 800-TOGOANG.


Updates to information on force management and other personnel programs will continue to be available on myPers. Airmen can also click the force management graphic on the Air Force Portal, which will take them to updated matrices and force management program details.

(Information courtesy of Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs)