The purpose of the Interservice Transfer program, or IST, is to allow qualified commissioned officers from other Uniformed Services to apply for transfer to active duty in the United States Air Force to fill 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. Accepted 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, six years for rated officers or three years for chaplains. Applicants may not apply for interservice transfer to become a pilot.
Officers must request interservice transfers according to the rules and regulations of their parent services.
Parent Service authority:
• ARMY: AR 614-120 (Army Human Resources Command)
• NAVY: SECNAVINST 1000.7F (Navy Personnel Command) and MILPERSMAN (300-81)
• MARINES: SECNAVINST 1000.7F (Marines Corps Commandant Manpower Management) MCO
• COAST GUARD: M1000.4 Military Separation - Chapter 1, Sec 1.A.3
Officers must meet the eligibility criteria for appointment in AFI 36-2005, Officer Accessions.
Interservice transfers require 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 their service accrued as of the date before the date of the 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 package for Air Force processing 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
Rated Officer Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) -- Must be Fully Qualified
11X - Pilot
12X - Combat Systems Officer (CSO)
13BX - Air Battle Manager (ABM)
18X - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot
Professional AFSCs -- Must be Fully Qualified
52R - Chaplain Officer
Non-Rated Line Officer AFSCs -- Must be Fully Qualified except as noted below
13CX - Special Tactics Officer (STO), 13DX - Combat Rescue Officer (CRO) and 13LX - Air Liaison Officer (ALO):
Officers will be required to submit application for STO, CRO or ALO selection. For information on STO selection, contact email@example.com. For CRO, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For ALO, contact email@example.com.
Processing of a parent service-approved IST application will not begin unless the STO, CRO or ALO selection authority provides a positive selection.
STO, CRO or ALO selection does not guarantee an approved interservice transfer as the IST and STO, CRO and ALO processes are independent of each other
14N - Intel
15W - Weather
17D - Cyberspace Ops
38F - Personnel
61A - Ops Research Analyst
62E - Developmental Engineer
63A - Acquisition Manager
Assignment Officers for the career field of interest can provide additional AFSC information. Contact the Total Force Service Center by phone 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.