Officials to conduct DOS rollback

By Daniel P. Elkins: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials announced Feb. 2 plans to conduct an enlisted date of separation rollback as part of its ongoing measures to manage the force and maintain a quality enlisted corps.

The DOS rollback affects enlisted members in the grades of senior master sergeant and below with fewer than 14 or more than 20 years of service as of May 31, 2011. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for airmen based on their years of service and certain re-enlistment eligibility, assignment availability and grade status reason codes as well as reporting identifiers.

Under the DOS rollback, airmen must separate no later than May 31 or retire no later than June 1, 2011, if they possess select codes preventing their re-enlistment. Airmen identified for the rollback and eligible for retirement must submit their retirement request via the Virtual Military Personnel Flight by March 11.

Airmen with at least 180 days of active-duty service and are separated or retired under the DOS rollback are authorized transition assistance benefits. Those include 180 days of extended medical care for themselves and their families and an ID card permitting base commissary and exchange privileges for two years.

Those separated with more than six years, but less than 20 years total active service are eligible for one-half the amount of separation pay, but must sign an Individual Ready Reserve agreement to serve for a minimum three years following their military service obligation. Those declining to serve in the IRR will be ineligible for separation pay.

The Air Force will not recoup unearned portions of education assistance funds, special pay, unearned portions of bonuses or other monetary incentives under the DOS Rollback Program. Additionally, most Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits will not be impacted; however, the transferability of benefits to dependents may be affected. Airmen should consult their local education centers or the VA concerning transferability.

For more information visit the Air Force personnel services website and select the 2011 Force Management link or call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.