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AFPC to conduct Force Shaping board

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The next Force Shaping Board is scheduled to convene March 12 at the Air Force Personnel Center for officers in the 2003 and 2004 year groups.

The board will evaluate active-duty line officers in overage career fields in the 2004 accession year group, as well as navigator, air battle manager, space and missile and developmental engineer officers in the 2003 year group. These are career fields that were not reviewed in last year's FSB.

Retention recommendation forms must be completed for all board eligible officers with between two and 15 years total active federal service as of Sept. 29, 2007. The RRF will include senior rater recommendations to retain or separate, and must be forwarded to AFPC no later than Jan. 15.

Board eligible officers may elect to apply for voluntary separation until March 1. Separation dates will be set no later than Sept. 29, but officers may apply for an earlier separation date.

The objective of the board is to shape the future force by retaining the officers the Air Force needs to develop as its future leaders. The board will make its determination based on information contained in the officers' central selection record and a retention recommendation form.

The central selection record consists of the following:
-- Officer selection brief
-- Officer performance reports and training reports
-- Decorations
-- Letter to the board (board eligible officers are authorized to submit a letter to the board to provide additional information relevant to the board decision process that is not included in any other documents in the central selection record.)
-- Retention recommendation form (The first O-6 or GS-15 in the officer's chain of command will write a nine-line narrative and make a recommendation. The senior rater will review the form and either concur or non-concur with the initial reviewer's recommendation. The senior rater will also provide a mandatory ranking on all officers in their unit by accession year group and Air Force Specialty Code.) Eligible PCS students (such as those at intelligence school or attending the Air Force Institute of Technology) will have a narrative-only RRF completed by the host wing or AFIT commander outlining the officer's training program and performance.

A voluntary Force Shaping program is still in place for interested officers with the following separation options that may also include a waiver for recouping education costs:
-- Limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers (This program allows individuals to separate before the expiration of certain Active Duty Service Commitments.)
-- Air Force Reserve Palace Chase
-- Air National Guard Palace Chase
-- Army Blue to Green

Opportunities also exist for Airmen to continue to serve their country through federal civilian employment.

These voluntary initiatives close to board eligible officers on March 1 as AFPC will no longer accept separation applications from these officers.

For more information about the Force Shaping board and volunteer separation opportunities or to view the vulnerability to separate chart by career field, visit the AFPC Force Shaping Web site or call the Air Force Personnel Contact Center at (800) 616-3775.