Force shaping in AFPSC
The Air Force announced Oct. 18 that it will convene a force shaping board in 2006 to meet emerging Air Force needs, and while the space, missile, and other core Air Force specialties (2002 year group only) will be exempt, most of the rest of the support officer specialties making up Air Force Space Command will be affected


By TSgt Kate Rust, Air Force Space Command
Posted Wednesday, October 26, 2005

  
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The Air Force announced Oct. 18 that it will convene a force shaping board in 2006 to meet emerging Air Force needs, and while the space, missile, and other core Air Force specialties (2002 year group only) will be exempt, most of the rest of the support officer specialties making up Air Force Space Command will be affected.

Approximately 410 Air Force Space Command members meet the eligibility criteria for the Force Shaping Board at this time.

 

"...the space, missile, and other core Air Force specialties (2002 year group only) will be exempt..."

 

“The impact will be felt primarily in our combat support career fields (Public Affairs, Services, Personnel, Maintenance, Logistics Readiness),” said Lt. Col. Linda Tutko, Chief of Air Force Space Command Officer Assignments. “Our space operators and developmental engineers will not be impacted.”

According to a recent Air Force Print News release, the Air Force began fiscal year 2006 with a force imbalance. It was under strength by approximately 6,000 enlisted and over strength by approximately 3,000 officers.

The first Force Shaping Board is scheduled to convene at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, April 3, 2006, at the Air Force Personnel Center. The board will evaluate active-duty line officers in the 2002 and 2003 accession year groups except those officers who have less than two years current active service or 15 or more years of active service as of Sept. 29, 2006.

Eligible officers may continue to apply for voluntary separation until March 1, 2006 using the force shaping initiatives already approved.

Subsequent boards will consider officers commissioned three years earlier. For example, the 2007 board will evaluate officers commissioned in 2004.

AFSPC officials will be visiting bases around the command soon to deliver “Spread the Word” briefings to describe the annual Force Shaping Board and how the process will work.

While the briefing is mandatory for line officers in the 2002-2003 year groups, it is optional for all other officers and highly recommended for officers in the 2004 and 2005 year groups, and their supervisors.

For more information about the “Spread the Word” briefing schedule for your base, please contact your local Military Personnel Flight.

For more information about the Force Shaping Board and volunteer separation opportunities, visit the AFPC Force Shaping Website at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/retsep/shape.htm or call the Air Force Personnel Contact Center at (800) 616-3775.


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