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Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program

NCORP: Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3

The Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program, or NCORP, is designed to optimize the enlisted force structure to effectively meet current and future Air Force requirements. NCORP is for second term and career Airmen only and does not apply to Airmen currently performing duties in a Special Duty Identifier and/or a Reporting Identifier. 

Retraining information is available and continuously updated on
myPers (https://mypers.af.mil/). Click “Retraining” from the active-duty enlisted landing page. The online retraining advisory is listed under the “Tools” section. In addition, a live chat feature is available for Airmen on the First Term Airmen Retraining page. To chat live with a Total Force Service Center representative, go to the page and allow about 30 to 60 seconds for a representative to come online.

The NCORP consists of three phases: Phase I (voluntary retraining) Phase II (mandatory retraining) and Phase III (open season). 

Phase 1 Retraining (Voluntary)

The objective of Phase I is to obtain volunteer applicants from identified overage AFSCs to fill requirements in Air Force Specialty Codes where there are shortage AFSCs. During Phase I, only Airmen holding a Control Air Force Specialty Code annotated with an “OBJ OUT” quota may apply for identified AFSCs annotated with “OBJ IN” quotas for which they qualify.  During this phase, the only NCORP retraining applications that will be considered are from Airmen holding a CAFSC with OBJ OUT quotas.

are processed on a first-come, first-considered basis during this phase. If sufficient applications from qualified Airmen are not received and retraining objectives for the fiscal year are not met, Phase II will be implemented.

Note: Phase
I begins on or about Aug. 1, 2018.  Voluntary applications must be submitted via myPers no later than Sept. 15, 2018.  A Master Vulnerability Listing will be produced and distributed to force support squadron commanders and base level assigned career assistance advisors.  Be advised that the MVL is not in prioritized order.

Phase 2 Retraining (Mandatory)

If implemented, Phase II will begin on or about Oct. 1, 2018.   Airmen in identified overage Air Force Specialty Codes who have not volunteered by Sept. 15, 2018, may be selected for mandatory retraining and assigned a training class seat based on the Air Force’s need to balance the force. 

The Total Force Service Center’s Retraining Office will begin selecting the most qualified, in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2626, Airman Retraining Program, in order to meet AF/A1P (Management Policy) “remaining out” objectives. Individual preference is no longer a consideration and the Air Force's needs take priority.  During this phase, volunteer applications will not be accepted.  A retraining application will be opened for Phase II selects via myPers.

- Airmen identified for "retraining out" will receive a system generated NCORP notification message via myPers on or about Oct. 1, 2018.
- A Phase II selects roster will be produced and distributed to force support squadron commanders and base level assigned career assistance advisors. 

PHASE 3 (Open Season)
All remaining “OBJ IN” quotas will be opened to eligible second-term/career Airmen who were not identified during Phase II.  If holding a Control Air Force Specialty Code not annotated with an “OBJ OUT” quota, your retraining application must be submitted simultaneously with an Exception to Policy. This is in accordance with AFI 36-2626, paragraph 4.5., endorsed by the respective unit commander requesting release from CAFSC.

Initial Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Airmen on second or subsequent enlistment.


  2. Have a current or projected grade of staff sergeant through master sergeant.  If already projected for promotion, Airmen volunteer for Air Force Specialty Code(s) in current CAFSC(s) with shortages in the projected grade. NOTE: Airmen will remain vulnerable for NCORP if projected grades have retraining-out requirements in their CAFSC.


  3. Airmen in the grade of staff sergeant or have a projected grade of staff sergeant must have less than 12 years of total active federal military service as of Sept. 30, 2019. Technical sergeants and master sergeants must have less than 16 years of TAFMS as of Sept. 30, 2019.


  4. Have or have the ability to obtain 24 months retainability beyond the class graduation date of the AFSC awarding course identified on the training allocation notification RIP, or report on individual personnel.  High-year tenure extension requests for the purpose of obtaining retainability for retraining will not be considered.


  5. Have a Date Estimated Return from Overseas or a controlled tour completion/expiration date between May 1 – Sept. 30, 2019.  


  6. Not projected for retirement, separation, permanent change of station, 365-day deployment, or have an indefinite DEROS or have approved retraining as of the Phase I start date.


  7. Must be eligible for promotion and reenlistment.


  8. Must maintain local network access IAW AFMAN 17-1201, User Responsibilities and Guidance for Information Systems and 33-282, Computer Security.


  9. Possess a 5-skill level (3-skill level if no 5-skill level exists) or above in their CAFSC.   

NCORP Removal
Upon release of the NCORP message,  the Air Force Personnel Center’s Retraining Policy and Procedures Office identifies and notifies Airmen vulnerable for mandatory retraining.

Unit commanders may request an Airman be removed from NCORP by submitting a memo with proper justification to AFPC’s Retraining Policy & Procedures via email at afpc.dpsoar.enlistedretrainingpolicyprocedures@us.af.mil.

For more information, reference AFI 36-2626, Airman Retraining Program, and the current fiscal year NCORP Phase I/II/III announcement.

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