By Kat Bailey
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force has approved 1,688 fiscal year 2017 retraining quotas in 74 Air Force specialty codes for eligible active duty first-term Airmen.
“The First Term Airman Retraining Program allows first-term Airmen, including staff sergeants who are in their first enlistment, to retrain in conjunction with a reenlistment,” said Master Sgt. Kris Reece, retraining policy and procedures superintendent at the Air Force Personnel Center. “This is a great opportunity for Airmen to pursue a different career field while enabling the Air Force to maintain a healthy balance in all enlisted career fields.”
New this year for Airmen interested in retraining is the Air Force Work Interest Navigator tool. The tool, available on the Retraining page on myPers, helps Airmen identify potential career fields by answering a series of questions about functional communities, job context and work activities.
“The AF-WIN tool creates a customized job-interest report from your responses and compares your interests to all entry-level AFSCs,” Reece said. “You’ll still want to visit the enlisted retraining advisory, however, because AF-WIN doesn’t tell you if that career field is available or if you’re eligible.”
Retraining opportunities are available in a variety of career fields 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 AFSC, require prior qualifications.
The enlisted retraining advisory on myPers is updated in real time, Reece said, and helps Airmen to identify the careers fields with retraining-in quotas in their grade (or projected grade if selected) into which they may be interested in retraining. Standard retraining eligibility and AFSC entry requirements apply for all retraining applicants.
NCO retraining quotas will be announced when they become available.
Retraining information is available and continuously updated on myPers. Click “Retraining” from the active duty enlisted landing page. The online training advisory is listed under the “Tools” section. In addition, a live chat feature is available for Airmen on the “First Term Airmen Retraining” page. To chat live with a Total Force Service Center representative, go to the page and allow about 30 to 60 seconds to enable a representative to come online.
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.