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NEWS | Dec. 27, 2013

Chief Master Sergeant Retention Board Q&A

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Q. How many chiefs will be considered by the board?

A. It's contingent upon the number of chiefs who apply and are approved under the voluntary retirement phase of the program. We won't have the answer to that question until the end of the volunteer phase.

Q. Will all career fields be considered or only selective fields?

A. This board will review the records of chief master sergeants in overage AFSCs and those with negative quality indicators and identify chiefs recommended for retirement.

Q. How long after meeting an involuntary board will members have to prepare for separation or retirement?

A. Approximately 4 months depending on board dates.

Q. Will there be an appeal process or is the board decision final?

A. Airmen always have the right to appeal any records related issues, and routinely do so via the Air Force Board of Military Records Correction. Guidance on the process is available on myPers at

Q. Will ADSCs be waived? Which ones and to what degree?

A. The intent is to retain the highest quality Airmen. ADSCs will not be a factor in the process.

Q. Will Chiefs selected by the board for retirement have to repay TEB (Transfer of Education Benefits) to family?

A. If a chief meets the Department of VA Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility requirements, failure to be selected for retention will not impact benefits.

Q. What is the benefit for a chief in volunteering for retirement vs meeting the board?

A. A chief who volunteers for retirement will have more time to plan for retirement versus meeting the board and having 60 days less transition time.