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Noncommissioned Officer Career Status Program

Career Status Program overview

The new Noncommissioned Officer Career Status Program, or CSP, aligns the length of reenlistment for Airmen with at least 12 years of service to their date of high year of tenure and will be effective to reenlistment contracts executed on and after Nov. 18, 2019. CSP does not apply to Airmen in the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard.


The new program recognizes career Airmen’s professionalism and dedication to the Air Force and understands their continued service is evidence of a personal commitment not dependent on the renewal of paperwork.


Airmen who will reenlist under the NCO Career Status Program will follow processes similar to those of officers and will incur active duty service commitments. Like officers, Airmen may apply for separation or retirement with an effective date no later than 180 and 120 days respectively from date of request.



High Year of Tenure

Staff sergeant/E-5

20 years

Technical sergeant/E-6

22 years

Master sergeant/E-7

24 years

Senior master sergeant/E-8

26 years

Chief master sergeant/E-9

30 years

Airmen will no longer see a date of separation in their records until they are within 12 months of their high year of tenure date. The date of separation for Airmen who are promoted after executing a reenlistment under CSP will automatically be updated by personnel technicians to the high year of tenure date of the new rank.


Airmen reenlisting under CSP may still sell their accrued leave (up to a maximum of 60 days during their career) in conjunction with this unspecified reenlistment or upon separation or retirement.


Career Airmen are consummate professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to service and they play a crucial role in developing the next generation of Airmen. CSP will provide career Airmen with the associated flexibility to make individualized career decisions. The program also streamlines administrative processes, reduces personnel transactions and alleviates the administrative demand on Airmen, personnel systems and commanders or civilian directors by eliminating the need for future reenlistments. There were more than 10,000 reenlistment contracts in fiscal year 2018 that would have been eliminated under this program.

In addition to reducing the demand on reenlistment transactions, the reenlistment form has been changed to reduce manual touchpoints for personnel technicians to increase efficiency and to reduce errors. The new DD Form 4AF, Enlistment/Reenlistment Document – Armed Forces of the United States, is available on the Air Force e-Publishing website. (How to set up your browser to use Adobe products to view PDF documents)


Selective Retention Bonuses are not impacted by this program. Airmen on a Career Status contract remain eligible for any SRB for which they meet eligibility, as indicated in the Air Force Instruction or Headquarters Air Force announcement message. Every month, the Air Force’s Personnel Center will identify and notify Airmen on CSP contracts who are eligible for a Selective Retention Bonus; Airmen are required to respond to the notification. Airmen electing to accept the bonus and the associated ADSC will apply for the SRB via myPers and complete an application electronically. Airmen may request at least three years, but not more than six years of entitlement, not to exceed the Airman’s high year of tenure.


Airmen authorized an SRB at the time of their Career Status contract will have their bonus documented using the standard process.


An Active Duty Service Commitment, or ADSC, communicates to Airmen the periods of obligated service they must complete before becoming eligible to separate, or if eligible, retire from active duty. 

ADSCs assure the Air Force and taxpayers receive an appropriate return for any money and/or time in training, education provided or bonuses paid, including training not provided by the Air Force. 

Officers in the ranks of colonel and below and all enlisted personnel may incur ADSCs.

Under the NCO Career Status Program, Airmen do not incur an ADSC to reenlist. Like officers, Airmen will incur ADSCs for specific events such as:

  • Permanent Change of Station
  • Transfer of Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits
  • Selective Retention Bonuses
  • Promotions
  • Service schools, etc.


Fiscal Year 2019 Selective Retention Bonus Listing

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