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Competitive career opportunities exist via officer crossflow program

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- One of today’s opportunities for officers to broaden career options comes from the nonrated line officer crossflow program, which currently has openings for officers on active duty in certain career fields to volunteer for retraining into undermanned career fields.

The program is designed to optimize the officer inventory and reduce risk in several key mission areas where low manning levels are more severe.

Maj. Christopher Moore is a former communications and information officer who volunteered to retrain in 2005 and chose public affairs. Moore served a year as the public affairs adviser to former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and to Gen. Dave Goldfein while he was the Air Force’s vice chief of staff. Now, Moore is the Air Force Command Information deputy division chief, proving that fear of being non-competitive in a new career field is unfounded.

"When you leave your core community for another, it is intimidating," said Moore, who crossflowed from the community that would eventually become cyberspace operations. "However, that feeling doesn't last long. In public affairs’ tight-knit family, you’re surrounded by talented Airmen and given an opportunity to grow into your new role as an Air Force communicator."

Crossflow is a permanent move into a new career field. Officers will maintain their original Air Force specialty code as a secondary AFSC, but the AFSC they crossflow into will become their primary and future assignments will be determined based on the new AFSC.

Moore had the opportunity to lead public affairs efforts at a busy mobility wing, was selected for an Education with Industry assignment and intermediate developmental education in-residence, and commanded a combat camera squadron before his assignment with the chief of staff.

“Having talented, motivated officers join public affairs mid-career is not new to us," said Brig. Gen. Ed Thomas, the Air Force Public Affairs director. "We have experience setting them up for success, just like Maj. Moore. Another crossflow officer is serving as a numbered Air Force public affairs director and one of our most recent crossflows has been selected to get her master’s degree through the Air Force Institute of Technology.”

This year, company grade officers from year groups 2009–2013 in logistics readiness, personnel, public affairs, civil engineer, behavioral scientist, and chemist and biologist career fields are eligible to volunteer for crossflow into cyberspace operations, space operations, and munitions and missile maintenance.

Field grade officers from year groups 2004–2008 in the personnel, developmental engineer and acquisitions, chemist and biologist, civil engineer and behavioral scientist career fields are eligible to volunteer to crossflow into cyberspace operations, intelligence, aircraft maintenance, operations research analyst and public affairs.

"Every day as a public affairs officer is challenging, yet rewarding. The information environment is always evolving and it's amazing to work new ways to tell our Air Force story," Moore said.

The special duty assignments branch at the Air Force Personnel Center is accepting applications through Oct. 12. A panel of five colonels representing the affected career fields will convene in October to select volunteers for crossflow. Unlike past multi-phase programs, this year’s program is voluntary only and there will not be an involuntary follow-on phase.

There are several program exemptions. Careful review of the crossflow eligibility and application messages to determine eligibility before beginning the application process is encouraged. Officers will be notified by December to begin reporting for training in their new career field during the summer 2017 assignment cycle.

Complete eligibility requirements, application procedures and deadlines are available on myPers. Click “Assignment Programs” from the active duty officer assignments landing page or select “active duty officer” from the dropdown menu and search “crossflow.”

For more information about Air Force personnel programs, go to the myPers website.

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