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NEWS | July 22, 2015

AF releases first term Airman retraining quotas

By Debbie Gildea Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

Eligible first term enlisted Airmen interested in retraining opportunities can review the fiscal year 2016 online retraining advisory on myPers. Air Force officials approved 1,599 FY16 first term Airman retraining quotas in 45 Air Force specialty codes.

A variety of retraining-in AFSCs are available including cyber, intel, pararescue, flight engineer, missile and space facilities and more. Most are open to all eligible Airmen, but some - such as the aerospace medical service and flight and operational medical technician AFSCs - require prior qualifications, so interested Airmen need to review the requirements on the myPers retraining page.

"The FTA retraining program allows first term Airmen, including staff sergeants who are in their first enlistment, to retrain in conjunction with a reenlistment into skills where a shortage exists," said Chief Master Sgt. Bernadette Gregory, Enlisted Skills Management Branch chief. "This is a great opportunity for first term Airmen to pursue a different career field while enabling the Air Force to maintain a healthy balance in all enlisted career fields."

When an Airman can apply for retraining depends on the length of enlistment (four or six years), and stateside or overseas location. Airmen should refer to instructions on the myPers retraining page for details.

The online retraining advisory is located on the myPers enlisted retraining home page under the "Tools" section. In addition to the advisory, the section includes an application link with information, application process instructions and links to documents necessary to submit an application.

Once Airmen submit their retraining request, they will get an email within 20 duty days establishing their eligibility for the requested AFSC. Retraining applicants who have not received that message by the 20th duty day can contact the Total Force Service Center via the "contact us" link on myPers. Applicants can also track their training requests on myPers under the "My Account" link.

For more information about Air Force personnel programs go to the myPers website. Individuals who do not have a myPers account can request one by following these instructions on the Air Force Retirees Services website.