Objectives of Retraining
How to Apply
retraining shortfall requirements list
Four Year Enlistees
Six Year Enlistees
Disqualified Airman Retraining
Request Change of retraining class date
Voluntary Retraining Medical Clearance in a Deployed Location
Deployed Overseas Medical Limitations
AF Enlisted Classification Directory
AFI 36-2626 Para 1.2. - The overall objective of the retraining program is to balance the career force of each AFSC as needed. Additionally, the program allows individual airmen a choice of career fields from which to pursue an Air Force career and provides a method to return airmen disqualified from their current AFSC to a productive status.
The CAREERS Retraining Program allows first term airmen [FTA] to retrain into AFSC's with shortages. if a FTA meets the CAREERS eligibility requirements, The Airman may apply to retrain into an open quota found in the FTA column of the Retaining Advisory.
FTA Quality Training Program [QPR] board for selection is held the last duty day of every month.
Approvals can take up to 3-4 months to update. Applications not selected will remain in a pending status or will be cancelled if not selected after three boards. For more information on CAREERS retraining, view the Retraining Processing Guide, Section A.
Note: If a FTA is within 10 months of their Date of Separation (DOS), the commander will utilize them locally at the commander's discretion. The commander will utilize Second term/Career Airmen within 18 months of High Year of Tenure (HYT) locally at the commander's discretion.
Airman assigned in the Continental United States (CONUS) apply for retraining no earlier than the first duty day of the month:
Effective: 20 May 2013
The Shortfall Requirements List consists of AFSCs with short notice unfilled class seats, less than 60 days, quotas which have been difficult to fill historically and/or have unique retraining challenges.
VIEW SHORTFALL LIST [VIEW]
FTA with four-year enlistment contracts apply to retrain into another career field after completion of 35 months of military service but no later than their 43rd month of current enlistment.
Four year FTA enlistees can apply to cross train at 24 months TIS into critically manned AFSCs.
Six year enlistees may apply after completion of 59 months of military service but no later than their 67th month of current enlistment.
six year enlistees can apply to cross train at 36 months into critically manned AFSCs.
NCORP is for second term and career Airmen only.
NCORP moves NCOs from AFSC's with significant overages into AFSCs with NCO shortages. The NCORP has two phases:
Phase 1 is voluntary:
This program announces the start of the fiscal year program. Air Staff provides the list of AFSCs with significant overages and shortages. The objective is to retrain NCOs from overage AFSCs into shortage AFSCs. [MyPers]
phase 2 is involuntary:
If retraining objectives are not met through the voluntary phase then an involuntary retraining phase becomes necessary. All eligible Airmen who are vulnerable for involuntary retraining are formally notified and selected for an AFSC by AFPC. Airmen who possess a secondary or additional AFSC in a shortage skill are returned to those skills if in the best interest of the Air Force.
For additional information on Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program (NCORP) Phase I and Phase II, review the Retraining Processing Guide, Section B. [MyPers]
If a second term or career airman meets NCORP eligibility requirements, The Airman may apply to retrain into a shortage AFSCs on the Retraining In Objectives on the Retaining Advisory.
The following has to be met to qualify for retraining under this program:
Non Commissioned Officers have many options available for retraining. View AFI 36-2626 for all options.
Some options include volunteering for special duty assignments and retraining through the NCORP.
AF commissioning programs to include Scholarships for Outstanding Airman to ROTC Program (SOAR) and USAF Academy may be available or second-term career Airmen.
Airmen are considered disqualified when they no longer meet the requirements for any of their awarded AFSCs.
This policy is used to retrain Airmen who have been disqualified from their primary AFSC for reasons beyond or within the Airmans control..
To submit a request to change the retraining class date, either the Airman or their servicing MPS can submit a memorandum with full justificaion to the unit commander. The unit commander will review the request and then provide their recommendation. On myPers, either the Airman or MPS has to upload the memorandum through "My Account." After uploaded the Total Force Service Center will receive and process the request. For more information n changing the retaining class date view the Retraining Processing Guide, Section F.
Airman must have either a valid Humanitarian or Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) application pending approval and volunteer to retrain if utilization in their CAFSC at the designated location is disapproved.
Approved Airmen receive OJT CFETP and STS to document their upgrade training. The methof for CFETP is determined on a case by case basis. For more Humanitarian Retraining Information View Retraining Processing Guide, Section D.
Information for enlisted personnel interested in voluntary retraining in a deployed location. Various types medical clearances and options if member are unable to complete their paperwork while deployed.
General Info :
When you apply for voluntary retraining there are many documents required to determine if you are qualified for that AFSC (interviews, aptitude tests, medical clearance, and many others). Some can be accomplished while deployed but not always.
Some AFSCs, at a minimum, require a AF Form 422, Physical Profile Serial Report. This form can be approved/signed off at your home station medical records section. Other types of medical clearances include, Flying Class III, Flying Class II, (Flight Surgeon Duties), FCIIU (RPA Pilot), ground based controller (GBC), RPA Sensor Operator (1U0X1), and Space and Missile Operations Duty (SMOD)
Deployed Overseas Medical Limitations
In a deployed location, services to complete a 422 or other medical clearances are limited to the equipment on hand and human resources. This can be an obsticle when pursuing a voluntary retraining before or during a deployment.
If you have contacted your home station and cannot complete any or all of your requirements do not get discouraged. AFI 36-2626, Airman Retraining Program does allow Airmen to complete all retraining actions no later than 45 days after return to the home station. If additional time is needed, you can apply/process an Exception to Policy Letter that will be considered for items you are unable to complete.
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