COMBAT-RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION
Combat-Related Special Compensation was created to offset the reduction in military retirement pay for veterans who receive Department of Veterans Affairs compensation for service-connected disabilities. In June 2003, Congress enacted the program to restore that offset pay when the veteran's disabilities are combat-related.
SPECIAL SELECTION BOARDS
The Defense Officer Personnel Management Act established special selection boards effective Sept. 15, 1981. U.S. law gives military services the authority to reconvene boards to consider officers for promotion, regular Air Force appointment, professional military education, selective early retirement, reduction-in-force and/or selective continuation. In addition to considering active duty, Guard and Reserve officers, retired or separated officers are also considered provided they meet all board requirements.
For more information from the Department of Veterans Affairs about how to apply for a discharge upgrade, please visit: http://www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions.
Note: The content of this site is maintained by the VA, not the Air Force.
AIR FORCE RETIREE SERVICES
The Air Force Retiree Services website offers the retiree family in-depth information on the Survivor Benefit Plan, plus a list of Air Force Retiree Activities Offices worldwide and various other resources.
AFPC currently maintains records of those Airmen who separated or retired on or after Oct. 1, 2004. Access to these personnel files is limited to veterans, their primary next of kin and federal agencies, largely for validating benefits. In most cases, veterans are looking for copies of their DD 214 or separation documents that show proof of military service to establish benefits, or for background checks or employment verification. Family members might be looking for their Airman’s records as part of genealogical research or family history.
Instructions for requesting copies of personnel records, medical or dental records, records corrections and medal replacements can be found on the Military Personnel Records page.