HOW TO TRANSFER
Officers who want to request a branch or functional area transfer should consult MilPer Message 13-046, dated Feb. 12.
The message contains detailed application procedures for branches and functional areas that are open to receiving officers.
Qualified officers of the Army Competitive Category have until March 15 to apply for a branch or functional area transfer under the Voluntary Transfer Incentive Program.
The third-quarter fiscal 2013 VTIP panel is scheduled to meet in mid-April. The results will be announced in early May.
Officers who are approved for transfer will incur a three-year active-duty service obligation.
Transfer options are displayed in officer in/out calls issued Feb. 12 by the Human Resources Command.
The calls show which branches and specialties are open and closed to migration for select categories of officers in year groups 1998 through 2009.
Included among the branches with overstrength year groups, and that donate officers, are air defense, armor, chemical, field artillery, infantry, logistics, military police and Special Forces.
In calls are available for certain year groups of officers requesting transfer to short-handed specialties, including telecommunications systems engineering, electronic warfare, information operations, public affairs, operations research and systems analysis, nuclear and counterproliferation and simulations operations.
To qualify for transfer, officers must meet the specialty requirements displayed in the in/out calls and the following criteria:
• Be a member of the Army Competitive Category.
• Be a promotable first lieutenant, captain or promotable captain as of March 15.
• Be a major with less than 14 years of commissioned service on March 15 who requests transfer to a branch or functional area in which he previously served.
Not eligible are warrant officers, second lieutenants, nonpromotable first lieutenants and branch officers of the Army Medical Department, Chaplain Corps and Judge Advocate's General Corps.
Also ineligible are National Guard and Army Reserve officers.
Exceptions will be made for majors and lieutenant colonels with more than 14 years of service who request transfer to the Finance Corps.