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High retention leads to promotion board delay

Posted 9/25/2012   Updated 9/25/2012 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Shawn J. Jones
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

9/25/2012 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force officials announced they will delay the Line of the Air Force promotion board for captains commissioned in 2005 from its anticipated December 2013 date.

Air Force officials made the announcement Sept. 25 as they released the 2013 Selection Board Schedule. Record retention rates coupled with Defense Officer Personnel Management Act restrictions have resulted in a delay that will move this board into 2014.

The Line of the Air Force board, which does not affect judge advocates, chaplains or health profession officers, will be pushed back approximately nine months. The major's board for judge advocates will also be delayed for scheduling reasons, but this delay will not affect projected pin-on dates.

Public law prevents the Air Force from carrying a surplus of officers in grades of major, lieutenant colonel and colonel.

"If the Air Force were to continue at the pin-on rates common over the past several years, the total number of majors would surpass the total allowable by the law," said Lt. Col. Emi Izawa, chief of the Military Force Policy Division.

Izawa said the delay in the 2005 year group's promotion board does not drive a later pin-on date -- high retention did that. Delaying the board moves it closer to the start of that year group's pin-on date so the Air Force can comply with Office of the Secretary of Defense policy and congressional expectations. The 2014 Selection Board Schedule will be released in the summer of 2013.

"The delay is a product of high retention rates and public law and not related to force management programs or budget cuts," said Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, Air Force deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Services. Jones emphasized the board delay will not make the affected officers less competitive for future promotion consideration throughout their career.

For more information about promotion board schedules and milestones, go to under active duty officer promotions.

9/14/2013 10:39:00 AM ET
Has there been any further info released about the 2014 Board Should we expect the schedule as usual around the end of September
Capt C., United States
10/4/2012 5:34:21 PM ET
While I'm sure that this comes as a rude shock to the 2005 year group it really only resets the board date to what it was for the roughly 1992-1998 year groups at the 9-year point with pin-on in the 10th year of commissioned service. Prior to the about 1992 year group the major's board was at the 10-year mark with pin-on in the 11th year. Delaying major a year - or even two - from recent trends isn't a bad thing - it gives officers a chance for a little more seasoning and experience before becoming a field grader.
Professional Communicator, Scott
10/1/2012 8:54:18 PM ET
Suppose we should assume no exceptions will be made to AFI 36-2301 eligibility for IDE wrt when we may begin ACSC With the new IDE DL program taking 7-12 months waiting an additional 6 or more months to begin will put us behind the curve. Seems reasonable to have an exception based on year group given the circumstances.
Wondering, Japan
9/28/2012 1:20:01 PM ET
This shouldn't be a surprise with the job market on the outside at such all time lows...I would stay in my current position too...
SAFB, Scott
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