*AFPC will post the latest advertised locations on July 31.
The Air Force’s Personnel Center has added three Air Force Specialty Codes to the current BOP test program, bringing the total to ten AFSCs.
In April, AFPC launched an initiative designed to improve how it delivers BOP program information to Airmen, providing increased visibility of available locations. In addition to the initial seven AFSCs, AFPC has added Pharmacy (4P0X1), Personnel (3F0X1) and Tactical Air Control Party (1C4X1).
The initial phase of the test involved Logistics Plans (2G0X1), Materiel Management (2S0X1), RF Transmission Systems (3D1X3), Administration (3F5X1), Health Services Management (4A0X1), Contracting (6C0X1) and Financial Management and Comptroller (6F0X1).
AFPC will send targeted messages directly to Airmen who hold a test AFSC and are eligible for the new initiative, which will include cutoff dates and links to submit their applications.
The available locations will post for 10 days on myPers, similar to the Overseas and Overseas Returnee/CONUS Mandatory Mover assignment cycles. AFPC will return applications that request unavailable locations.
The shorter application window is the trade-off for location visibility, as base manning can change rapidly. Airmen in the field need to note how critical this 10-day listing is, compared to the previous system which allowed submissions at any time and processed at the end of the quarter.
The BOP test program implements additional policy changes, including permission for first-term Airmen in those ten test AFSCs to submit an application quarterly during their career job reservation window (*see note) prior to reenlistment, as well as letting Airmen request the same locations from a previously disapproved application, if the requested locations are advertised as available.
Another element of the test adjusts the submission timeline for Airmen in the test AFSCs on a stabilized tour, commonly called a “Code 50.” Airmen can apply earlier, between 15 and 11 months prior to their Code 50 expiration date versus the current 12- to 9-month timeline, which aligns the ability to apply for overseas assignments and then compete in the CONUS Mandatory Mover cycle. For example, an Airman with a Code 50 that expires March 15, 2020, can now apply between Dec. 15, 2018, and April 15, 2019, rather than between March 15 and June 15, 2019.
These programmatic changes do not include nor affect in-place or retraining BOP applications. Additionally, the application process will remain the same, via submission through the virtual Military Personnel Flight for all Airmen, except those with a Code 50 who apply through myPers.
For more information, visit the Assignments page on myPers or select “Any” from the dropdown menu and search “Base of Preference.”
*NOTE--Career Job Reservation (CJR) window:
Airmen with a four-year enlistment: between 35-43 months’ time in service
Airmen with a six-year enlistment: between 59-67 months’ time in service
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.