The Interservice Transfer program, or IST, allows qualified commissioned officers from other Uniformed Services to apply for transfer to active duty in the United States Air Force to fill select critically manned Air Force career fields. Officers who have been discharged from military service or who are serving in the Individual Ready Reserve of other Uniformed Services are not eligible for IST, nor are warrant or chief warrant officers. Selected applicants are transferred to the Air Force in the grade they currently hold and the Air Force does not have a warrant officer rank structure. Warrant officers may contact an Air Force Officer Training School recruiter for OTS information and application procedures. Those selected for an interservice transfer incur an Active Duty Service Commitment of four years or six years for rated officers.
TRANSFER INTO U.S. SPACE FORCE
Although legal provisions exist for other Services to transfer to the Space Force, the current focus is on transferring the over 6,000 Airmen from the Air Force to the Space Force by mid FY21. The Army and Navy space requirements are scheduled to transfer to Space Force in FY22/23. We understand there is excitement for Space Force across all Services right now. Space Force will release further details for a limited inter-service transfer for other Sister Services sometime in FY21.
Officers must request interservice transfer according to the rules and regulations of their parent service.
Parent Service authority:
Officers must meet the eligibility criteria for appointment in AFMAN 36-2032, Military Recruiting and Accessions
Interservice transfer requires that officers be discharged from their current commissions and be appointed in the Air Force without interruption of total service. Officers who transfer will receive credit for service accrued as of the date before the date of transfer.
Officers must follow procedures established by their parent service. Once the parent service has approved the IST application, it must be submitted to the Air Force Interservice Transfer Program Manager. Air Force processing can take up to six months from the date of receipt. The program manager will contact the applicant upon receipt and will return applications without action that do not meet the Air Force eligibility criteria for an interservice transfer.
A complete application requires the following items:
The Air Force IST Program Office processes and prepares eligible applications, then presents them to the Air Force Interservice Transfer of Commissioned Officers Board, or ITCOB. The ITCOB convenes every quarter to review applications (see the board schedule below). The Air Force IST Program Manager notifies the parent service and applicants of the board results, whether approved or disapproved, with further instructions.
Package Due Date
October - December
January - March
April - June
July - September
CAREER FIELDS ELIGIBLE FOR INTERSERVICE TRANSFER CONSIDERATION
Rated Officer Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) -- Must be Fully Qualified
Non-Rated Line Officers AFSCs-- Must be Fully Qualified except as noted below
Assignment Officers for the career field of interest can provide additional AFSC information. Contact the Total Force Service Center, and then follow the prompts to Active Duty Officer Assignments.
Refer any questions pertaining to the IST application process to the Air Force IST Program Manager