AFPC to conduct force shaping board Published Dec. 3, 2007 By 011207 RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The next force shaping board is scheduled to convene March 31 at the Air Force Personnel Center here for some lieutenants in the 2005 year group. The board will evaluate active-duty line officers in overage career fields in the 2005 accession year group, except for officers in the intelligence, security forces, civil engineer, and public affairs career fields. Retention recommendation forms (RRFs) must be completed for all board eligible officers with more than two years extended active duty as of March 31, 2008, and less than 15 years total active federal service as of Aug. 31, 2008. The RRF will include senior rater recommendations to retain or separate, and must be forwarded to AFPC no later than Feb. 4. Board eligible officers may elect to apply for voluntary separation up until March 20. Separation dates will be set for no later than Aug. 31, but officers may apply for an earlier separation date. The board's objective is to shape the future force by retaining those officers the Air Force needs to develop as its future leaders. The board will make its determination based on information contained in the officers' central selection record and their retention recommendation form. The central selection record consists of the following: -- Officer selection brief -- Officer performance reports -- Decorations -- Letter to the board Board eligible officers are authorized to submit a letter to the board to provide additional information that is relevant to the board decision process and that is not included in any other documents in the central selection record. -- Retention recommendation form The first O-6 or GS-15 in the officer's chain of command will write a nine-line narrative and make a recommendation. The senior rater will review the form and either concur or nonconcur with the initial reviewer's recommendation. The senior rater will also provide a mandatory ranking on all officers in their unit by accession year group and Air Force Specialty Code. Eligible PCS students (such as those attending the Air Force Institute of Technology) will have a narrative-only RRF completed by the host wing or AFIT commander outlining the officer's training program and performance. Two items have been added to the officer selection brief for this year's board. The preselection brief may show an officer's language proficiency and also a member's stratified medical assignment limitation code, if applicable. These two items are scheduled for removal before the force shaping board convenes in March 2008. A voluntary force shaping program is still in place for interested officers. The following separation options may also include a waiver for recouping education costs: -- Limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers (This program allows individuals to separate before the expiration of certain active duty service commitments.) -- Air Force Reserve Palace Chase -- Air National Guard Palace Chase -- Army Blue to Green Airmen may apply and continue to serve their country through federal civilian employment. These voluntary initiatives close to board eligible officers on March 20, 2008. For more information about the force shaping board and volunteer separation opportunities, visit AFPC's Force Shaping Web site at http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/forceshape/fsb08.asp or call the Air Force Personnel Contact Center toll free at 1 (800) 616-3775, select option 1, 1, 2. COMM: (210) 565-5000 or DSN: 665-5000. Overseas callers dial a toll-free AT&T Direct Access Number from the country you are in, then 800-616-3775, select option 1, 1, 2. AT&T Direct access numbers can be obtained from http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/contact/.