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Assignment
Air Force Assignments

ASSIGNMENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

The Assignment Distribution System was developed to distribute personnel equitably among commands. Further distribution to specific units is done jointly by major command personnel staffs and Air Force's Personnel Center assignment NCOs. Distribution is accomplished using computer programs in conjunction with the policies contained in AFI 36-2110, Assignments. While the computer plays an important role in the process, every assignment is still manually reviewed by AFPC assignment personnel to ensure accuracy and equity.

 

Overseas and overseas return assignments are completed in three month cycles. Cycles begin with allocations without names to the major commands based on their entitlements. Entitlements are determined by Air Force wide manning in an Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC). The major commands review the allocations to ensure distribution is consistent with Air Force priorities and determine the specific base of assignment. Requirements are advertised through the Enlisted Quarterly Assignments List (EQUAL). You may volunteer and update your preferences through the virtual Military Personnel Flight (vMPF) application or contact your local military personnel office. Timing Is Everything! Do not miss an opportunity because you did not do what you needed to do on time. Since the timeline is short, immediate action on your part is key to successful participation in this process. Based on your choices and your relative priority among those in the same grade and AFSC, names are matched to the bases. The assignments flow to your local military personnel office then to your commander for official notification.

 

Graduates from basic military training (BMT) are provided assignments on a weekly basis, as are most graduates from Technical Training (TTGs). Assignments are provided to the Continental United States (CONUS) as well as overseas and are provided equitably among the commands. Individual preferences are considered to the fullest extent possible.

 

There are numerous special programs designed to support individual member’s needs. Some of these are: Voluntary Stabilized Base Assignment Program (VSBAP), Base of Preference(BOP), Join Spouse, etc. General information can be found within those sites. More specific information on each can be obtained at your local military personnel office.

 

Our assignment system is unique and primarily focuses on the needs of the Air Force first, then on assignment equity, and finally, on individual preference considerations. When all three come together, we have a match.

PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION ORDERS PROCESS

General Information

Most permanent change of station (PCS) orders AF Form 899, Request and Authorization for Permanent Change of Station - Military is produced in the Orders Processing Application (OPA). OPA interfaces with Military Personnel Data System (MilPDS), Virtual Military Personnel Flight (vMPF) and some blocks are pre-populated with the assignment information from these sources.

 

Normal Orders Processing

The Military Personnel Section (MPS) can begin drafting PCS orders in OPA at any time after the assignment notification is received and acknowledged by the Airman. The MPS Orders Processing Application (OPA) Technician/Approving Official publishes orders not later than 60 days prior to departure per Air Force Instruction 36-2102, Base-Level Relocation Procedures. The orders are then sent to AFPC TFSC Assignments Section via OPA for authentication. AFPC TFSC Assignments Section authenticate orders by the projected departure date (PDD) in OPA. Orders will be authenticated no earlier than 120 days prior to the PDD unless an exception to policy is approved by AFPC Military Assignments Programs Branch.

 

Exception to Policy and Expedite

Exception to policy reasons may be to obtain diplomatic or official passports, requiring dependents to obtain a VISA, per Foreign Clearance Guide or short notice assignments IAW AFI 36-2110. All exception to policy requests must be submitted by the Airman through the myPers website and select PCS Order Exception Waiver.

 

Expedite Orders Request

Expedite processing request are submitted by the MPS for short notice assignments or cases where orders are submitted and the Airman's PDD is within 36 hours of the order submission date or extraordinary circumstances justification required. MPS Relocation function sends expedited processing requests via email AFPC TFSC Assignments Section. MPSs can follow up on requests 24 hours after submission to AFPC Military Accessions and Assignments Section.

ACCESSING PCS OR SEPARATION ORDERS

Airmen may access their permanent change of station (PCS) or separation orders or amendments through the virtual MPF (vMPF). Log into the Air Force's Personnel Center secure website, click vMPF, click the Out Processing link (under Most Popular Applications), and access the "view orders" link (under the Pages menu). The PDF file(s) is/are available for you to retrieve. Either open and print copies or save to your computer for an electronic copy.

If you do not have a "view orders" link, you must contact your assignment or separation counselor to determine the status of your orders.

 

Note: Technical school students, Office of Special Investigation agents, and general officers may not have a virtual out-processing account. Contact your assignment or separation counselor to retrieve a copy of your orders.