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Air Force Permanent Change of Station Assignment Policies
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In October 2018, the Air Force announced restrictions on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) assignments, to be effective immediately.
In an effort to save PCS dollars and to stabilize and better develop the force, new policies have been developed regarding PCS moves that will keep most Air Force personnel in one location for a longer period. This limitation can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it.
For the Air Force, these dollars saved can be used to recapitalize equipment, airplanes, and facilities. For Airmen, this means your families can stay in the same house for a little longer, your children can finish another year at the same school, or your spouse can continue to work at their civilian job. On the other hand, if you really want to move from a base you dislike, you will now have to wait longer in many cases.
Increases CONUS PCS Time
The first PCS policy change increases the time-on-station requirement needed before one can PCS from one continental United States (CONUS) assignment to another. In the past, you needed to remain at a stateside base for three years before you could PCS to another stateside base. Now, you will need to remain on base for four years before you can get a new assignment to another stateside base.
All enlisted Airmen are affected by this change, as are officers in support, judge advocate, chaplain, and medical career fields. Also, most officers in rated staff positions are affected. Lieutenants , however, will need only three years on base in order to do a CONUS to CONUS move.
Stateside to Overseas PCS
This change in policy does not affect the time on station needed to move from a stateside base to an overseas base. That time requirement is 12 months for first-term airmen and 24 months for all others.
Marriage and PCS Changes
Airmen who get married to another Airman often seek out duty locations where they can do their Air Force job alongside their spouses— called Join Spouse. The Air Force works with these couples to help them find assignments that allow them to stay together.
However, another change to PCS policy increases the time married couples will need to serve on-station before the Air Force will pay for a move to a Join Spous e assignment location.
Under the new PCS policy, Airmen must have 24 months on-station before they can apply for a government-paid Join Spouse PCS. This doesn't mean it’s not possible to move sooner if manning permits. However, it means the Air Force won't pay for the move before two years.
If a suitable assignment is available before the 24 month period, and an Airman chooses to, they may pay their own way to move. This change affects both officers and enlisted.
Adjusting Manning Percentages
Another set of changes to Air Force policy is more indirect, but they still affect PCS moves in the service. These changes involve adjusting manning percentages at both overseas and stateside bases.
At a base in the United States, for instance, manning for an AFSC (job) must now be less than 85% before the Air Force will send more Airmen there. So if Base X has authorizations for 100 aircraft maintainers, it is okay for them to have only 85 maintainers assigned. Should they fall lower than 85% manning, another maintainer could PCS in—but not until then.
Similar changes will happen overseas. Because the manning numbers have been changed both overseas and stateside, the Air Force will have to fill fewer vacancies, and that means fewer PCS moves.
Assignment Availability Code 50 Tours
Finally, the Air Force has extended by 12 months the tours of Airmen in jobs coded as Assignment Availability Code 50 (AAC 50). Airmen affected by this change are now serving in special jobs where the Air Force initially set an absolute limit on how long they could serve. Those limits have now been increased by 12 months. If you don’t know if this change affects you, check with your supervisor to determine if you are coded as AAC 50.
Programs and Helpful Links
In the Air Force, the Assignment Distribution System distributes personnel from command to command throughout the individual's career. Personnel distribution to specific units is done jointly adhering to the policies contained in AFI 36-2110, Assignments .
When you graduate from basic military training (BMT) and Technical Training (TTGs) the base requests are considered, but the needs of the Air Force will always win—sometimes they match. You can receive an assignment within the Continental United States (CONUS) as well as overseas, specialities distributed equally among the commands.
There are many programs designed to assist with the Air Force personnel needs such as:
- Voluntary Stabilized Base Assignment Program (VSBAP)
- Base of Preference(BOP)
- Join Spouse
General information can be found within those sites. More specific information on each can be obtained at your local military personnel office.
Airmen may access their permanent change of station (PCS) through the virtual MPF (vMPF). Log into the Air Force's Personnel Center secure website, click vMPF, click the Out Processing link (under Most Popular Applications), and access the "view orders" link (under the Pages menu).
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SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 36-2110 15 NOVEMBER 2021 Incorporating Change 1, 16 November 2022 Certified Current 16 November 2022. Personnel TOTAL FORCE ASSIGNMENTS . COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORY ACCESSIBILITY: Publications and forms are available on the e-Publishing website at
Chapter 3—ESTABLISHING AND DISSEMINATING DUTY LIMITATIONS 17 ... For any other duty or mobility restrictions assignment availability codes (AACs) 31, 37, or 81, the maximum allowable duration of the AF Form 469 is 365 days. ... duties expected to be a part of his/her air force specialty code (AFSC) and/or current assignment. ...
OF THE AIR FORCE AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 10-403 17 APRIL 2020 Operations DEPLOYMENT ... deletes Deployment Availability Code table, ... assignment tables which document the Secretary of Defense's direction to the Services for the assignment of forces. 1.4.2. Designates the Joint Staff as the Global Conventional Joint Force Coordinator to
17 dda enl under boc progm. 18 ttg enl under boc prgm. ... assignment-availability (amn) codes [aac] (top) 00 no defer or del prev entry w/o replacement ... h2 - haff (headquarters air force field operating agency-effective jan 97) ic - intc (intermediate command-historical- not for current use) ih - intm (intermediate headquarters-historical ...
Attachment 2— AIR LOGISTICS CENTER INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 17 ... availability and individual assignment preferences. (T-1). 3.2. Selection Requirements. ... 3.2.3. Have a 2S071 control Air Force Specialty Code (non-waiverable). (T-1). 3.2.4. Be eligible for permanent change of station in accordance with AFI 36-2110 (non-
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE AIR FORCE MANUAL 36-2100 7 APRIL 2021 Personnel MILITARY UTILIZATION AND ... Active Duty Service Commitments; AFI 36-2110, Total Force Assignments; AFI 36-2131, Administration of Sanctuary in the Air Reserve ... SDIs, RIs or CEM Codes..... 52 Table 2.12. Grade and Skill-Level Authorizations for Use in Establishing ...
deleted from the Airman's record. It will remain on file and if selected, the AFPC assignment team will process the appropriate waiver. 6.5. Assignment Availability Code (AAC) and Assignment Limitation Code (ALC): Airmen who have an AAC or ALC may apply depending on the AAC or ALC restrictions in DAFI 36-2110, paragraphs 6.11
The Assignment Management System (AMS) is a CAC enabled platform which maintains a portfolio of programs ensuring the right Airman goes to the right job at the right time. Requirements are advertised through the Enlisted Quarterly Assignments List (EQUAL). You may volunteer and update your preferences through the virtual Military Personnel ...
188.8.131.52. Inform Air Force Personnel Center Assignments and Air Expeditionary Force Program Division (AFPC/DP3A), National Guard Bureau Force Management Branch (NGB/A1PP), Chief, Air Force Reserve (AF/RE) of continued assignment incentive pay authorization or termination at least 90 calendar days prior to implementation date,
96 - J9 Excluded in AIMS. Rejects the assignment to the SRI (See note 2). A9 - B9 Included in AIMS. Allows the assignment to process with an action notice to AFIT (See note 2). NOTE 1: Considered on the EOS. NOTE 2: Not considered on the EOS. 1 ASGN RESTRICTION--QC. 3 THREATENED AIRMAN. 4 NOMINATION CONT.
1.2.1. Qualifications for entry into the 8S000 special duty are contained in the Air Force Enlisted Classification Directory. 1.2.2. Assignment Availability Code (AAC) 50 is used to regulate FM tours of duty. AFI 36-2110, Assignments, contains detailed information about the use of AACs. A code 50
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY ... 21, 25, 27, 31, or 37 as listed in Table 2.1 or assignment limitation code 02, 08, or L as listed in Table 2.2. (T-2). (Add) A184.108.40.206. Airman has, or is eligible to obtain, the required retainability. ... Assignment Availability Code (AAC) "CC" with an ...
AFPC/DPWSJ ([email protected]) or appropriate officer assignment team, via e-mail or delete the volunteer request on EQUAL Plus in AMS (enlisted) prior to the close out of the ad. Requests to withdraw volunteer statements after selection will be considered on a case-by-case basis IAW AFI 36-2110, Assignments, Para 2.12. If a ...
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE . ENLISTMENT. AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 36-2606 . 20 SEPTEMBER 2019 . Incorporating Change 1, 27 January 2021 . Personnel . REENLISTMENT AND EXTENSION OF IN THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE . COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORY . ACCESSIBILITY: Publications and forms are available for downloading or ordering on the
Abbreviations and Acronyms AAC—Assignment Availability Codes ADLS—Advanced Distributed Learning System ADC—Area Defense Counsel AEF—Air Expeditionary Force AETC—Air Education and Training Command AEW—Air Expeditionary Wing AF—Air Force AF/A1—Deputy Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Manpower, Personnel and Services AF/CVS—Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office
4. Cannot be selected for a permanent change of station (PCS) or have an assignment selection date (ASD). 5. Must be stationed in the CONUS, and can only select CONUS bases. 6. Cannot have an assignment availability code (AAC) of: AAC 05 - Applied for commission AAC 08 - Declined to Acquire Retainability for Controlled Duty Assignment (CDA)
• Be notified of PCS assignment • Be in formal training • Be pending involuntary separation • Have a "2" or referral EPR on any of the last 3 EPR's or referral OPR • Be on a control roster • Have a court martial conviction or pending trial • Have any restrictions on assignments, deployments, or fitness • Airman
DAV codes are seperate because those are deployment availability codes. OP is talking about the assignment reason codes that are in MIlPDS and on your orders when you get an assignment. Like A1 is Career airman BOP and A2 is FTA BOP. Ahh ok. I remember getting the dav code put on me when I got vectored.
Assignment Availability Code 50 Tours . Finally, the Air Force has extended by 12 months the tours of Airmen in jobs coded as Assignment Availability Code 50 (AAC 50). Airmen affected by this change are now serving in special jobs where the Air Force initially set an absolute limit on how long they could serve.