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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.


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:

  • 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 1001.65
  • COAST GUARD: M1000.4 Military Separation - Chapter 1, Sec 1.A.3

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:

  • Copy of the applicant's Military Human Resource Record (MHRR). Applicant must request a copy of their MHRR be sent to the Air Force IST Program Manager (AFPC.DP2LT.InterServicetrans@us.af.mil) by the parent service via AMRDEC Safe Access File Exchange. Detailed instructions on how to use this service can be found on the website in the link 
  • Last two performance reports
  • Statement from current commander indicating whether the applicant is in a deferred promotion status and whether the applicant has any derogatory or adverse information on file.
    • Officers, with the exception of rated officers, in a deferred promotion status, i.e.,  passed over for promotion, are ineligible to apply for IST
      • Rated officers non-selected for promotion are eligible for interservice transfer consideration upon a finding the member’s services are indispensable  
  • Source of the applicant's original commission
  • Current DD Form 2808, Report of Medical Examination, current DD Form 2807-1, Report of Medical History and medical facility information where the applicant accomplished their physical to include a point of contact and phone number. Applicants age 39 and older require an electrocardiogram and lipid profile
    • Rated officers must be FC-II medically qualified and will need to make an appointment with an Air Force Medical Treatment Facility to upload the required medical documentation into the Physical Examination Processing Program. The officer will need to notify the Air Force IST Program Manager via email once accomplished
    • Special Tactics, Combat Rescue and Tactical Air Control Party officers must be FC-III GBC medically qualified and will need to make an appointment with an Air Force Medical Treatment Facility and upload the required medical documentation into the Physical Examination Processing Program. The officer will need to notify the Air Force IST Program Manager via email once accomplished
  • Resume with a statement indicating why the transfer is in the best interest of national defense and of the individual officer
    • Rated officers must list their flying experience including: 
      • Date the service member began flight training
      • Current aeronautical rating and rating award date
      • Total flying time and total jet time
  • Promotion/Grade History Documentation (i.e. promotion orders, appointment orders, etc.,)
  • Current Record of Emergency Data
  • Current Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
  • Verified Statement of Service including current Reserve time and points (Point Credit Summary)
  • Type of completed security investigation and clearance from the officer’s organization security manager
  • Statement of Understanding from AFMAN 36-2032, Military Recruiting and Accessions, Attachment 8, para A8.14
  • AF Form 2030, USAF Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificate. Include a drug abuse circumstances statement
  • Guard and Reserve officers only--DD Form 368, Request for Conditional Release.
    • Release date must be 10 months from the date the DD368 is signed to allow time for processing
  • Navy and Marine Corps pilots must document completed undergraduate flight training (fighter, multi-engine or helicopter) and any subsequent flight training courses
  • Army Pilots must document completed undergraduate flight training programs (fixed wing and rotary wing training)
    • Rotary wing applicants may not transfer into a fixed wing airframe


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.

Board Schedule



Package Due Date

October - December

Dec. 15

Nov. 20

January - March

March 15


April - June

June 15

May 15

July - September

Sept. 15

Aug. 21




Rated Officer Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) -- Must be Fully Qualified

  • 12X - Combat Systems Officer (CSO)
  • 18X - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot

Non-Rated Line Officers AFSCs-- Must be Fully Qualified except as noted below

  • 19ZXA - Special Tactics Officer (STO), 19ZXC - Combat Rescue Officer (CRO) and 19ZXB - Tactical Air Control Party Officer (TACP-O):
    • Officers will be required to submit application for STO, CRO or TACP selection. For information on STO selection, contact sto.recruiter@us.af.mil.  For CRO selection contact cro.selection@us.af.mil. For TACP, contact  6ctsdet2.tacp.officer@us.af.mil.
    • Processing of a parent service approved IST application will not begin unless the STO, CRO or TACP selection authority provides a positive selection.
    • STO, CRO or TACP selection does not guarantee interservice transfer approval as the IST and STO, CRO and TACP selection processes are independent of each other
  • 15W - Weather
  • 62EXE – Electrical/Electronic Engineer

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