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243 retraining slots remain for first-term airmen

Dec. 6, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
(Air Force)
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First-term airmen looking to retrain in 2014 have 10 career fields to choose from, according to a new list of retraining opportunities provided by the Air Force.

But they had better act fast. There are just 243 training slots left for fiscal 2014, which ends Sept. 30.

The Air Force has reduced retraining opportunities for 710 airmen in 44 specialties this year as it prepares for budget-driven cuts.

Personnel officials are in the process of notifying noncommissioned officers and first-term airmen affected by the reductions, said Joe Crady, the Air Force’s enlisted training manager. Among them: 341 staff sergeants, 174 senior airmen, 135 technical sergeants, 58 airmen first class and two master sergeants.

Many of those affected either volunteered or were told to retrain under the Air Force’s NCO retraining program. The Air Force put out a request in June for 970 NCOs to move from overmanned to undermanned Air Force Specialty Codes. The window for that program closed in September.

NCOs whose approved retraining was canceled for 2014 will be allowed to stay in their current jobs, Crady said.

“If they are notified they will have a variety of options” he said. But ultimately they will continue in their current AFSC. Obviously they can re-enlist, they can have any personnel action that they want to take. They can choose to separate at the end of the term, or they can choose to re-enlist.”

First-term airmen who lose their retraining slots will receive a career job reservation in their current AFSC, Crady said.

All of the training opportunities that remain are for first-term airmen, Crady said. The slots change constantly, so the best bet is for airmen to consult the retraining advisory on, Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said.

The NCO retraining and first-term airmen retraining programs are the Air Force’s two largest. Even with the reductions this year, the Air Force has already approved nearly 4,000 whose retraining plans are not affected by the cuts. In fiscal 2013, 3,421 airmen were retrained into undermanned specialties.

The opportunities for fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, are likely to be smaller than in previous years, Crady said.

The Air Force first announced the cuts to retraining Nov. 26, the same day it announced 46 specialties would no longer be eligible for re-enlistment bonuses as of Dec. 5.

The moves are part of a force-shaping plan as the Air Force prepares for the possibility of being forced to trim the force by 25,000 airmen over the next five years, if sequestration continues.

In a Nov. 26 news release, Brig. Gen. Gina Grosso, director of force management policy, said that over the next few weeks the Air Force will unveil further force management plans.


The Air Force is eliminating 710 retraining slots:

AFSC Title Training cuts
1A111 Flight engineer 9
1A611 Flight attendant 4
1A812 Airborne cryptologic linguist 3
1A911 Special mission aviation 27
1C032 Aviation resource management 11
1C131 Air traffic control 9
1C331 Command post 3
1C531 Command and control battle management operations 7
1C631 Space systems operations 14
1C731 Airfield management 16
1N031 Operations intelligence 3
1N331 Cryptologic language analyst 2
1N431B Network intelligence analyst 5
1S031 Safety 8
1U0X1 Career remotely piloted aircraft sensor operator 95
2A634 Aerospace propulsion 16
2A635 Aerospace propulsion 1
2A636 Aerospace propulsion 15
2A731 Aircraft metals technology 35
2A732 Aircraft metals technology 3
2A735 Aircraft metals technology 22
2G031 Logistics plans 22
2T231 Air transportation 4
2W231 Nuclear weapons 3
3D032 Knowledge operations management 3
3D134 Client systems 17
3E631 Operations management 4
3E931 Emergency management 3
3P031A Security forces 115
3P031B Security forces 19
3S131 Equal opportunity 17
3S333 Manpower 43
4B031 Bioenvironmental engineering 3
4E031 Public health 11
4H031 Cardiopulmonary laboratory 2
4N031 Aerospace medical service 14
4N131C Surgical service 4
4P031 Pharmacy 5
4R031 Diagnostic imaging 2
4T031 Medical laboratory 1
4V031 Ophthalmic 2
5J031 Paralegal 24
5R031 Chaplain assistant 14
6C031 Contracting 70
Total reductions 710


Staff sergeants will lose the

most retraining opportunities:

Rank Retraining cuts
Airman 1st Class 58
Senior Airman 174
Staff Sgt 341
Tech. Sgt. 135
Master Sgt. 2
Total 710


Airmen still eligible for retraining:

AFSC Title First-term airmen Staff Sgt.
1C21 Combat control 134 0
1T211 Pararescue 8 0
1W012 Special operations weather 11 0
2A913D Bomber/special electronic warfare 1 0
2A913G Bomber/ special electronic warfare 2 0
3S111 Equal opportunity 7 0
4J012A Physical medicine 1 0
4N051C Aerospace medical service 67 1
4N111D Surgical service 3 0
4R011B Diagnostic imaging 9 0
Total 243 1

Source: Air Force

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