The Air Force’s Personnel Center has paused the enhanced Base of Preference initiative in order to take care of Airmen and their families displaced by Hurricane Michael. As Headquarters Air Force makes decisions about the future of missions conducted out of Tyndall AFB, AFPC will work with Team Tyndall Airmen who may require assignments elsewhere. Making Tyndall Airmen a PCS priority slightly delays a new CONUS Assignment Cycle initiative until January 2019 that will incorporate the enhanced BOP process for Career Airmen.
The new CONUS Assignment Cycle will provide an avenue for increased assignment opportunities for CONUS Airmen and increase transparency to commanders and Airmen alike. Career Airmen who are considering a BOP will be able to apply for an assignment under the new CONUS Assignment Cycle initiative in addition to applying for other voluntary assignment programs advertised by EQUAL Plus (i.e.: join spouse, voluntary Stabilized Base Assignment Program, etc.).
First-term Airmen must have an approved career job reservation, or CJR, prior to application and must submit their BOP requests prior to reenlistment.
There is no minimum time-on-station for an FTA applying for an In-Place BOP. However, an FTA who wishes to move, permanent change of station (PCS), under this program must complete 12 months TOS before the departure date. Individuals approved for a BOP are authorized a two-year assignment deferment.
First-term Airmen serving overseas may request BOP consideration after they receive their date eligible for return from overseas (DEROS) Election Option RIP or Forecast Notification RIP. Airmen must obtain the minimum PCS retainability for CONUS PCS in order to apply for Overseas-to-CONUS BOP consideration. Airmen may list up to eight CONUS bases for both the CONUS-to-CONUS and Overseas-to-CONUS BOP. The preferences will be considered in the exact order listed. Airmen requesting overseas-to-CONUS BOPs will be reassigned through the normal overseas returnee process if BOP is disapproved.
The option for FTA to apply for a BOP in conjunction with retraining still exists.
FTA BOP applications are considered on a monthly-basis. If you are an FTA and 60 days have passed since your in-system application, you may request a status update through your local personnel office.
Career Airmen may apply for either an In-Place BOP or CONUS-to-CONUS BOP. Airmen must have 41 months' time-on-station at the time of application and at least four years TOS before PCS departure. Career Airmen must not be selected for PCS or have an assignment selection date. In addition, Airmen must not be an overseas volunteer or have any other voluntary applications pending. Applicants must be eligible for PCS without waivers. Consecutive BOPs in any combination are not authorized. Individuals approved for a BOP will be authorized a two-year assignment deferment.
Military couples are eligible; however, each individual must request BOP consideration and be eligible in their own right. See AFI 36-2110, Assignments, for specific rules pertaining to the BOP program and military couples.
Career Airmen BOP applications are considered quarterly (March, June, September and December) after each overseas returnee/CONUS mandatory-mover cycle. Therefore, if 130 days have elapsed from the month your application should have been considered, you may request a status update through your local personnel office. For example, if Staff Sgt. Smith submitted a BOP application in February, it would be reviewed at the end of March after the OSR/CMM cycle. Staff Sgt. Smith could query her MPS on the status of her application in mid-August if she had not yet received any notification from AFPC.