Reenlistment in Regular Air Force is not an inherent individual right for enlisted Airmen. It is a privilege and confers an obligation to serve. Airmen may be considered for reenlistment or extension if they meet eligibility requirements, have qualities essential for continued service and can perform duty in a career field in which the Air Force has a specific need.
Only the Airman’s commander or civilian director’s decision selects or non-selects the Airman for continued service. Airmen non-selected for reenlistment will separate on their current date of separation and will not be extended for any reason other than appeal processing.
The Career Job Reservation program is a Headquarters Air Force tool used when needed to manage the number of First Term Airmen allowed to reenlist into their current Air Force Specialty Code. CJR limitations are established to manage projected surpluses and shortages by skill. The CJR program is managed on a fiscal year basis and implements the reenlistment limitation for the AFSC projected to have surplus Airmen, however, not all fiscal years will have limitations in specific AFSCs.
In order to reenlist, all First Term Airmen, including Career Airman Reenlistment Reservation System retrainees, must have a CJR and must have met the necessary Time-in-Service and Time-in-Grade requirements. Additional requirements include:
Second term and career Airmen are not part of the CJR program. Instead, within 13 months of their projected date of separation, they will receive notification through a Report on Individual Personnel notifying them of their eligibility window and providing instructions on reenlistment. Airmen must meet all other reenlistment criteria according to AFI 36-2606, Reenlistment and Extension of Enlistment in the United States Air Force.
All Airmen can voluntarily extend a maximum of 48-months per enlistment, and this is limited by law. There are no exceptions or waivers to exceed the 48-months.
Extensions are not approved for monetary advantage, to increase bonus entitlement, to provide additional time to make a career decision or deferring separation to coincide with civilian plans or to apply for a CJR or request retraining.
The Selective Retention Bonus, or SRB, program is a monetary incentive paid to active-duty Airmen serving in certain selected critical military skills who reenlist for additional obligated service. The bonus is intended to encourage the reenlistment of sufficient numbers of qualified enlisted personnel in military skills with either demonstrated retention shortfalls or high training costs.
Airmen can expect to serve in the SRB specialty for the entire enlistment for which the bonus was paid. Airmen do not qualify for the SRB if they reenlist or extend their enlistments for any purpose other than continued active service in the SRB skill. Airmen are not eligible for an SRB if they reenlist or enter an extension in order to get required retainability for a commissioning program after the selection date.
The SRB listing is reviewed at Headquarters Air Force at least once per year. However, HAF may determine the need to make changes during the year and release a listing upon that decision. Once the Air Force’s Personnel Center receives the list from HAF, it’s posted to myPers and here on the AFPC public website.
Your Military Personnel Flight should be the first point of contact for information about SRBs. For information on bonus amounts, contact your local finance office.
To view the most current SRB list, click the “Selective Retention Bonus Listing” button on this page.
Commander/civilian directors ensure ceremonies are conducted in a dignified and professional manner, appropriate for an official act in a place that provides reverence to the oath being taken; safety of all participants should also be paramount.
Airmen may request any commissioned officer, including Commissioned warrant officers in the grade of CW2, CW3 and CW4, regardless of component—Regular, Reserve, Guard, or Retired—in the U.S. Armed Forces to perform the ceremony. Reenlistments can be conducted on any day of the year and traditionally have the U.S. flag forming a backdrop for the oath. The reenlisting Airman and reenlisting officer must wear an authorized uniform for the ceremony, although the uniform requirement is optional for retired officers. The Air Force physical training uniform is not authorized when conducting a reenlistment.
Airmen must reenlist at their home station unless they are absent due to deployment, hospitalization or are in a pipeline status (school, overseas returnee, etc.). In addition, Airmen must be present for duty and cannot reenlist while on leave.