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New round of separation rollbacks, early retirements begins

May. 1, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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Airmen salute during a Flag Day ceremony. New separation and retirement rollbacks will bring another round of Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or 15-year retirements.
Airmen salute during a Flag Day ceremony. New separation and retirement rollbacks will bring another round of Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or 15-year retirements. (Ben Strasser/Air Force)
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The Air Force on Thursday announced the launch of its second round of date-of-separation rollbacks for enlisted airmen.

And the new rollbacks will also bring another round of Temporary Early Retirement Authority, or 15-year retirements.

Under this program the latest in a series of 18 voluntary and involuntary force management measure the Air Force is using to reduce its ranks the dates of separation will be accelerated for enlisted airmen who have refused an assignment, training, retraining or professional military education, and have less than 18 years or 20 or more years of total active federal military service.

Airmen who are separated under this program will have to leave by Sept. 29. Airmen may apply for retirement if they are eligible, but must apply by May 29 and, if approved, will have to retire by Sept. 1.

Airmen facing DOS rollbacks who have at least 15 but less than 18 years of total active federal military service as of Aug. 31 will be able to apply for TERA, AFPC said.

To be vulnerable to a DOS rollback, airmen must have a 3D or 3E reenlistment code, a 09 assignment availability code, or a 3E grade status reason that renders them ineligible to reenlist as of April 30. Airmen also must have less than 15 years of total active military service as of Sept. 29, or at least 15 but less than 18 years of service or 20 years or more as of Aug. 31 to face a rollback. And to be vulnerable for a DOS rollback, retirement-eligible airmen must have a date-of-separation that is on or before Aug. 31, 2015, or for those who are ineligible to retire, must have a date-of-separation that is on or before Sept. 29, 2015.

Airmen who are separated or retired under a DOS rollback will not be required to repay unearned portions of bonuses, special pays or other monetary incentives, and will not be entitled to any unpaid portions of bonuses, special pays or other monetary incentives.

Some airmen may be entitled to separation pay. Airmen with at least six, but less than 20 years of active service, who are not first-termers, may be eligible for full separation pay if they sign an Individual Ready Reserve agreement, AFPC said.

Airmen who are separated under DOS rollbacks and have at least 180 days on active duty will be authorized transition assistance benefits such as permissive temporary duty, 180 days extended medical care for themselves and family members, and two years of commissary and exchange privileges.

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