Airmen return from deploymenton July 28. The Air Force announced Wednesday it has approved early retirement for more than 2,100 enlisted members and more than 350 officers. (Airman 1st Class Anthony Sanchelli/Air Force)
The Air Force has finished processing and approving enlisted airmen’s early retirement applications and is nearly finished officers’ applications.
More than 2,100 of the 4,100 enlisted applications for Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or 15-year retirements, were approved as of April 18, the Air Force said in its Wednesday update on force management programs. No more enlisted applications are pending, and all enlisted applicants should have been notified whether they were approved or denied, the Air Force said.
The service also has approved more than 350 of the more than 1,000 officer TERA applications, and has notified those officers. About 100 applications are still being processed.
The number of officers approved for voluntary separation pay has increased, from 275 as of April 15 to more than 340 as of April 18. The Air Force also said that approximately 2,400 enlisted VSP applications were approved as of April 18. The previous release said 2,471 enlisted VSP applications had been approved. The Air Force said it is continuing to process VSP applications, but will not issue additionalapprovals until the application period closes May 1.
So far, more than 1,200 officers and 6,800 enlisted airmen have applied for VSP.
The Air Force also said that the reduction-in-force board for officers will convene at the Air Force Personnel Center on Oct. 1. Updated matrices that spell out which officers in the Line of the Air Force and health professions could face a RIF board are expected to be posted online next week, the April 23 release said.
An updated matrix on which officers in health professions will be vulnerable to a force shaping board is also being finalized and is expected to be posted online next week, the Air Force said.