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Update: ACC Director Personnel Town Hall Q & A's

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JOINT BASE LANGLEY- EUSTIS, Va --

Col. Ron Cheatham, Air Combat Command’s Director of Manpower, Personnel and Services (ACC/A1), hosted an ACC/A1 Town Hall on April 16, 3-4pm EST. Here are some additional questions we were unable to address during the session.

 

When the stop movement eventually ends, will it be staggered? As in will deployment movements occur first, then PCS, then all others? Or will the order be lifted all at once for everything?

Unfortunately, we are unable to answer this question fully until we receive firm guidance from OSD.  However, Secretary Esper has commented that the DoD travel ban restrictions will be phased out gradually.  Effective 20 April 2020, travel restrictions/stop movement is extended to 30 June 2020.  The following circumstances are exempt from stop movement and do NOT require an exception to policy.  The policy will be reviewed every two weeks: 

  1.  (U) Travel associated with uniformed personnel recruiting and accessions activities, to include accessions, basic training, advanced individual training, and follow-on travel to the first duty station. The Military Departments will notify SecDef prior to reducing or suspending recruiting, accessions, basic training or advanced individual training.
  2. (U) Travel by patients, as well as their authorized escorts and attendants, for purposes of medical treatment. Travel by medical providers for the purposes of medical treatment for DoD personnel and their families is also authorized.
  3. (U) Travel for Global Force Management (GFM) activities (defined as deployments/redeployment s ordered in the GFM Allocation Plan and Combatant Command Assigned Force Demand tasking, including Service internal rotations to support, and TDY used to source ordered capabilities). Such travel to execute Operations, Activities, and Investments or Service-related training will be coordinated between the Combatant Command, the Joint Staff, and the appropriate Military Department.
  4. (U) Travel by authorized travelers who departed their permanent duty station and are "awaiting transportation" and by authorized travelers who have already initiated travel (including intermediate stops). Such travelers are authorized to continue travel to their final destination on approved orders.
  5. (U) Travel by authorized travelers whose TDY ends while this directive is in effect. Such travelers are authorized to return to their permanent duty station.
  6. (U) Travel authorized by the Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRASCOM), to continue execution of the Joint Deployment and Distribution Enterprise as required to project and sustain the Joint Force globally. This includes forces (aircrews, vessel crews, and mission essential personnel) ordered on prepare-­to-deploy orders alert status, air refueling global patient movement, mortuary affairs support, inland surface, sea and air sustainment missions, support to other U.S. Agencies (as approved by SecDef), and moves of personnel and equipment that support USTRANSCOM's global posture requirements.
  7. (U) Travel by individuals pending retirement or separation.

Will change of commands (all levels) be impacted by the stop movement order?

Changes of command are being considered on a case-by-case basis at the moment.  Members entering/exiting command must coordinate with their inbound/outbound counterparts to see if a GO-level waiver to PCS is appropriate for their situation.

Are civilians still being onboarded?

Civilians who are local hires or internal moves (such as promotions can still be brought on board IAW with the DOD travel restrictions.

Any changes to OPRs and EPRs?

AFPC continues to look at EPRs, however, the SCOD is coded in MilPDS and therefore would be extremely difficult to change.  However, as things continue to develop they will continue to assess.  This review includes enlisted promotion cycles/boards timeline.  For SSgt Evaluations they have already slipped the date the MPF needs to update the Forced Distribution database and when the evaluations need to be submitted to AFPC by three weeks.  Additionally, the SrA milestone dates have been adjusted similarly, adjusting from when the final MELs flow (four day delay) to when final forced distribution promotion recommendations are due (three week delay).  Like the SSgt dates, the SrA evaluation suspense date to turn into the MPF, and the MPF to update and send to AFPC also slipped three weeks.

OPR submissions are currently proceeding under the standard timelines.  However, AFPC is looking at adjusting the policy/procedures for members who may be due a CRO specifically/only because their stop movement pushes them past the 120-day requirement.

Is there a specific time frame that members will be locked into who are volunteering to retract their retirement/separation?

At this point, AFPC has not released any information regarding the withdrawal/retraction of retirement/separation paperwork.  Given the current situation, we are working with AFPC to determine whether any additional guidance is forthcoming.   

Are ACC/IG inspection schedules being adjusted looking into June/July?

Per ACC/IG:  Inspections through 1 Jul 20 are postponed.  Our Inspection Team Chiefs are reaching out to the affected Wing IGs and Wing Commanders to coordinate updates to the gatekeeper timelines on a 90-120 day forecast.

What is ACC/A1 stance on readiness postures throughout ACC during a situation like this?

ACC/A1’s stance is that we remain ready to execute our downrange obligations and are postured to support our Combatant Commanders when/if the time arises during normal posturing or forwarding posturing. 

Is there any update on the extension of the stop order? Will it be selective (ie. Only for overseas to CONUS, PCS only, etc)?

The stop movement order will be extended through 30 Jun.  Some of the restrictions were lifted (see answer above). 

Are officers PCS'g to an Advanced Academic School (IDE/SDE) restricted from moving since all schools will begin prior to the stop movement ending?

IDE/SDE PCSs are still scheduled to proceed as normal.  However, additional guidance is expected soon to clarify the way forward and whether ETPs will be required.

Any updates on the rapidly decreasing bed space for TTG diversions to the CONUS and is there an exit strategy when stop loss is lifted to move those personnel to prevent a hollow CONUS Force?

Our assumption is that the question is for stop movement and NOT stop loss (stop loss has NOT been initiated…nor do we expect a stop loss policy for COVID-19)

AFPC has put together a team which includes HAF/A4, AF Services Center, AF Personnel Center and MAJCOM/A1s to access and address the rapidly decreasing bed space for TTG diversions being allocated to CONUS installations.  Currently, the AF has not adopted or approved a COA or “exit strategy” at this time; however, this situation is being closely monitored at all levels and we hope to have the plan solidified soon. At which time, HAF will work with AFPC to execute the approved plan to level out both the CONUS and OS installations.  

Currently on a special duty job and will be returning to security forces in September. Will I still be able to do a conus to conus PCS since security forces is mission essential?

At the moment, all assignments are being processed on a case-by-case basis.  To determine if you will be able to PCS, you will have to coordinate with your local MPF and your gaining MPF (also Commander to Commander) in order to determine if a GO-level exemption is appropriate

Sorry, just logged in, but are there expectations for PCS prioritizations? If so, when should folks to be notified? Or expected to be notified?

With the travel ban being extended to 30 Jun, we are expecting further elaboration on PCS prioritizations very shortly.  These may be applicable throughout the DoD or these may be delegated down to individual services.  Once the updated guidance is released, MPFs will reach out to their PCSing personnel to notify them.

Not sure if this has already been addressed but what types of discussions are ongoing concerning teleworking and how long will we be in this "new normal"?

Short answer, is that we do not know how long this will be our “new normal.”  These discussions continue to be a hot topic as we navigate between the guidelines we receive not only from the Health department, the OSD, our State and Local Governments, our Installation Commanders, as well as our Unit Leadership on the way forward. There are many considerations that influence any decisions, but the balance will always be force protection and accepting risk to execute the mission our nation needs.

Is there any change to AFIT graduates (specifically USUHS) moving forward to their assignments? Medical personnel still considered mission essential?

At this time, it is uncertain.  We are working with AFIT and USUHS for updated guidance and will provide an update as it becomes available

For Tech School/BMT grads diverted direct to unit, is there an exception for shipping vehicles for single airman who were prohibited from traveling to home of record?

Exceptions such as this are being considered on a case-by-case basis and are best coordinated locally with the member’s MPF, TMO, and local leadership.

Is there any guidance coming, that allows separating/ and or Retiring members to extend HYTD, solely due to COVID-19?

HYT Extensions are already considered case-by-case in standard processes.  We do have knowledge that further discussions due to COVID-19 at HAF are underway and we expect to have a decision released shortly.

For exception to policy for intra-command moves: confirm that gaining unit will define "mission essential" but losing MAJCOM GO/SES has to sign exception to policy memo?

The first GO/SES in the traveler’s chain of command does have to sign the ETP memo.  The GO/SES does not have to be at MAJCOM level.  In regards to the definition of mission essential, both losing and gaining leadership should coordinate to ensure the necessity of the travel.

Are there any updates for the MSGT promotion board? Thank you.

The MSgt Board has been delayed until 11 June 2020.  MSgt Board is currently scheduled for 11-26 Jun.  As of this time, AFPC plans to be able to complete the board process and associated actions in time for the beginning of the pin-on cycle to start on time and not delay any promotions.

Supplemental Promotion Board being held virtually in April 2020.  AFPC is testing out the virtual board process for the SNCO supplemental board scheduled to convene 20-24 Apr.

Would command-related PCSs be considered mission essential for exception to policy reasons?

All PCS ETPs are currently being considered on a case-by-case basis. Members entering/exiting command must coordinate with their inbound/outbound counterparts to see if a GO-level waiver to PCS is appropriate for their situation.

Are there any updates to official passport and no fee passport processing timelines for dependents?

The Department of State has stated that regular passport applications are experiencing significant delays, however, they have not stated whether or not they are experiencing the same/similar delays for official and no fee passports.

I believe I heard you say SLA would be approved for retirement, how about separations? Can terminal leave be approved at Sq/CC level for separations?

Terminal leave will continue to be approved at the squadron commander level for separations.  SLA is approved for all active duty members.  This policy allows personnel to accrue annual leave up to 120 days through the end of fiscal year 2023.

Does an ETP need to be accomplished if a member is retiring and wants to go house hunting prior to retirement?

Individuals pending retirement/separation are exempt from the travel ban and thus do not require an ETP for any activities relating to their retirement/separation.  Please keep in mind, travel will be subject to applicable travel screening protocols (dependent on specific locations).

Will Conus PCS RNLTD dates be pushed of the RNLTD is 1 Aug 2020?

We expect to see guidance on PCS prioritization and RNLTD adjustments soon, as it relates to Mission Essential travel.  Unfortunately, we cannot answer that question at this time. Currently, the stop movement has been extended to 30 Jun. It may be curtailed based on how the situation continues to develop, or it may be extended. We thank you for your continued patience as we continue to adapt to the ever-evolving situation.

What about civilians who aren’t local hires and are willing to pay for their own move? Can they be on boarded once the Firm Job Offer is extended?  (Answer combined with question below)

Can civilians move out of state if they are paying for their own move? Or not a military/government payment?

Civilians who are on government funded moves or who have paid for their own move and relocated after 16 March 2020 (CONUS) or 13 March 2020 (OCONUS) are subject to the DOD stop movement and may not be on boarded.  However, exceptions to policy may be granted for compelling cases where the travel is:  (1) determined to be mission essential; (2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; or (3) warranted due to extreme hardship.

Can you repeat if DITY will be prioritized...or if that is being looked at? I missed the answer.

We are unsure if DITY moves will be prioritized.  The LRS/TMO and A4 community are assuredly looking into this and will provide further guidance shortly as the stop movement guidance continues to evolve.

Joining late, what about officers slotted for IDE and SDE? Are those classes/moves going to happen?

Yes, AETC will continue to develop Airmen in AETC technical and flying training and advanced academic education (such as the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College).  AETC/CC has determined that this AETC training is mission essential.  Therefore, Airmen projected to attend or instruct these AETC training courses are mission essential.

Additionally, concurrent travel for dependents is authorized for students and faculty assigned to AU training and advanced education programs deemed mission essential.

For clarification, will TMO pick up household goods before the stop movement order is lifted or should we look to reschedule?

Air Force military and civilian PCS moves are at an All Stop until 30 June 2020, IAW SECDEF’s Stop Movement Order, dated 16 Apr 2020. Stop Movement of all international travel is in effect until 24 May 2020, IAW SECDEF’s MOD 01 TO REVISION 01, dated 24 March 2020. There are five (5) exemptions authorized to continue:

  • Personal Property pack outs that are already started
  • Shipments for Global Force Management activities with Joint Staff Director of Operations (DJ-3) waiver
  • Shipments for members with a GO/Flag Officer/SES-authorized waiver to PCS where the travel is: (1) determined to be mission essential; (2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; (3) warranted due to extreme hardship
  • Shipments for Retirees/Separatees/Blue Bark
  • Shipments for patients and medical providers for the purpose of medical treatment for DOD personnel and their family members; no GO/SES waiver required
    • Status indicated by: Block 3 (SAFSC/CAFSC) of the 899 reflects 9P000 for Enlisted or 93P0 for Officers. “AAN” in Block 19 of the 899 reflects all 1’s (i.e. 1111111111).

For all other exceptions, the following applies:

Members must stop personal property movement actions unless they meet the following conditions, which include, but are not limited to: expired lease, home sale, termination of government / privatized housing, financial hardship, etc. In this case, the authorization to continue to move personal property must be approved by the Squadron Commander, First Sergeant or equivalent for staff positions.

For more detailed information see MyPers article 46624 – Personal Property Activity – Questions and Answers (COVID 19)

What about results for TSgt or any rank? Is testing still happening? Will people still be promoted this year?

Testing to SSgt and TSgt have been postponed through 11 May 2020 currently.  As far as WAPS testing, many installations are continuing to WAPS test, so for those locations where the installation commander has decided to suspend WAPS testing…WAPS testing will resume on 11 May for both 20E6/20E5 cycles.  As it currently stands, all promotions will proceed as normal, if you have a line number, you will promote when your number comes up.  Boards and testing will be completed in time to allow proper flow of the promotion sequences. 

Wonder if they covered plan for redeployment and deployment to CENTCOM?

Approval authority for deployment/redeployment ETPs is the Joint Staff Director of Operations (DJ-3).  ETPs will be submitted by the Combatant Command (CCMD) and will be coordinated through a member’s leadership and local IPR.  It is important that deploying members remain in contact with their IPR and Chain of Command as there have been instances in which pre-deployment training and/or deployments have been delayed.  Once Stop Movement is lifted, AFCENT will prepare a phased approach to rotating forces.  Many factors will be considered and the information will be released via proper channels (MAJCOMs, IPRs, TPFDD updates).

What is the plan for people coming back from deployment and people who are supposed to deploy?

Approval authority for deployment/redeployment ETPs is the Joint Staff Director of Operations (DJ-3).  ETPs will be submitted by the CCMD and will be coordinated through a member’s leadership and local IPR.  It is important that deploying members remain in contact with their IPR and Chain of Command as there have been instances in which pre-deployment training and/or deployments have been delayed.  Due to the recent stop movement extension, there is no official guidance released regarding deployment/redeployment procedures yet. Please refer to the latest guidance on AEF Online and MyPers to stay informed on new COVID-19 information and policies as they become available.

Is terminal leave for retirement/separation authorized? Does it require GO approval/letter?

Individuals pending retirement/separation are exempt from the stop movement policy.  Airmen who are unable to schedule household good shipments or travel due to local restrictions or shelter-in-place initiatives may request changes to their retirement/separation dates via myPers.

Are cross trainees considered mission essential? Or will they be pushed back with training?

Mission Essential Personnel are determined by squadron/installation commanders. In addition, AETC has provided a listing of course cancellations on MyPers, if you have a question on a specific school not listed please contact your Unit Training Manager or your local Formal Training Office. It can also be found at https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/14488/kw/14488/p/10/p/10.             

If members have already closed/are closing soon on houses at their new PCS location, will they be considered to move on time?

Because having closed on a house is considered a hardship, COMACC will support the flag officer/SES request memo.

How will deployments restart once stop movement ends?

Approval authority for deployment/redeployment ETPs is the Joint Staff Director of Operations (DJ-3).  ETPs will be submitted by the COCOM and will be coordinated through a member’s leadership and local IPR.  It is important that deploying members remain in contact with their IPR and Chain of Command as there have been instances in which pre-deployment training and/or deployments have been delayed.

Is there a plan to build incentives for DITY moves post stop movement?

We are unsure if DITY moves will be prioritized.  The LRS/TMO and A4 community are assuredly looking into this and will provide further guidance shortly as the stop movement guidance continues to evolve.

Who will be considered “critical”? CC, Chiefs, First Sergeants...will they be able to PCS?

“Critical” and “mission essential” are defined at the local level.  Personnel should coordinate with their losing and gaining leadership to determine if their move is required and if pursuing a GO/SES-level waiver is appropriate.

Has DoD provided information regarding special leave accrual yet?

Effective March 11, 2020 thru September 30, 2020 Active Duty service members may accumulate leave in excess of 60 days (not to exceed 120 days).  Further, service members are authorized to retain unused leave until the end of FY2023 (i.e. September 30, 2023).   Additional information can be found in the attached document.

Will SLA apply if you are retiring and have use or lose leave?

SLA is approved for all active duty members no matter the retirement/separation status or the member’s current balance of use/lose leave.  This policy allows personnel to accrue annual leave up to 120 days through the end of fiscal year 2023.  In short, the member will be able to keep any leave he/she accrues before 30 Sep 20 through 30 Sep 23.

With “revitalization of the squadron” initiative in motion. Why are leave, movement, etc... issues required to be elevated to the GO level? Can you detail what Covid decisions are being pushed to the squadron level?

Leave and movement restrictions are put in place by the Department of Defense.  They have not been delegated at this time down to the individual services (i.e. Air Force).  The Air Force continues to highlight the revitalization of the squadron initiative.  However, the safety and well-being of all people is of paramount importance at this time. 

Stop movement is generating unexpected COR OPRs based on officers being extended to where they now have 120 days supervision where they previously were not expected to. Will there be any temporary change to that policy?

AFPC is looking at adjusting the policy/procedures for the OPR CRO for PCSs from 120 day requirement to 180 days temporarily.  In other words, if an officer already received an OPR due to pending PCS then the next OPR would not be needed until 180 days (6 months).  EXAMPLE:  Officer received an OPR in Jan/Feb as they were expected to PCS to new duty station and now unable to move, the next OPR would be due upon 180 days of supervision vs 120 days.  That would be Jul/Aug, during which time the STOP MOVEMENT may be lifted, if not they will relook.

What are the plans for members scheduled for IDE (officer development) that is tied to a university and their timeline (I.e. a fellowship) or something similar? Will it require an ETP or is an exemption being discussed?

IDE/SDE PCSs are still scheduled to proceed as normal.  However, additional guidance is expected within the week to clarify the full way forward and whether ETPs will be required.

How will TMO be prioritized? First come, first serve or rank/position based? Since TMO is likely to be maxed out, will DITY's be incentivized?

We are unsure if DITY moves will be prioritized.  The LRS/TMO and A4 community are assuredly looking into this and will provide further guidance shortly as the stop movement guidance continues to evolve.

Are AAD/SPEED programs (for officers) considered mission essential or affected by the stop movement?

Officers selected for the AAD and SPEED programs are not considered mission essential.  AFPC is still awaiting guidance from HAF/A1 for officers projected to attend AAD programs later this year.  Officers currently in AAD programs and projected to graduate this spring are expected to move as normal.

Officers selected for SPEED programs will attend IST, if applicable, before proceeding on assignment.  Since these officers are selected to fill existing AF positions their PCS will likely be impacted by the current Stop Movement order.  Further guidance is expected from HAF/A1 on PCSs for the remainder of the year and it will likely be up to the MAJCOMs to determine which personnel need to move first.

Will guidance be released on what is considered "extreme hardship"? We have a similar situation that was originally discussed with closing for a house and our HHG have been picked up and are already at the gaining station and our request has lost traction.

All assignments are being processed on a case-by-case basis.  In order to determine if you will be able to PCS or if your situation qualifies for extreme hardship (as interpreted by your leadership), you will have to coordinate with your local MPF and your gaining MPF in order to determine if a GO-level exemption is appropriate. 

Just want to know even with the possibility of the stop movement being pushed passed 11 May, are they going to delay CONUS to CONUS moves? Example from an ACC base to DIA HQ. RNLTD was May and now is July. Trying to see if it will be pushed to August or beyond.

The stop movement is extended to 30 June 2020.  The stop movement will be reviewed every two weeks.

How will this affect the movement of the 43rd FTU?

At present, it’s still on time as it’s not scheduled to move until June 2021.

Has the PT testing exemption question been answered?

Effective 17 March 2020, all official Fitness Assessment testing is cancelled until June 2020. If you are due the month on March then you will test in 6 months:  September 2020. If you are due in April then you will test in 6 months, October 2020. If you are due in May then you will test in 6 months,  November 2020.  HAF is currently reviewing further guidance on those required to test in June 2020.

When do we see bases becoming 100% operational again?

The situation we are experiencing is constantly evolving and we are unable to identify a specific time when bases will be 100% operational again.  We can expect though that our functionality will continue to increase as time progresses.

Is the stop movement ending on 11 May?

The stop movement is extended to 30 Jun.   

IDE and SDE moves?

IDE/SDE PCSs are still scheduled to proceed as normal.  However, additional guidance is expected soon to clarify the full way forward and whether ETPs will be required.

Do I need to bring people in to digitally sign their reports?

AFPC has authorized a combination of digital signature, wet signature, or typed signature and is effective immediately.   We are currently awaiting the myPers message with the updated instructions as well as the updated forms.  More to come. 

Questions we were able to answer during the town hall follow below:

 

1.  Are you still loading assignments for summer PCS’s?

 

For loading assignments for Summer PCSs, the CONUS summer cycle closed out at the end of Feb so there shouldn’t be many assignments being loaded unless they are rematches due to declined assignments.  We haven’t stopped the cycles, but anticipate when new guidance is received that cycles will change significantly to adapt.

 

2.  Will I get my PCS orders during a stop movement?

 

As long as you have submitted the mandatory requirement items to your MPF…you should be able to receive your PCS orders.  Be aware that due to the Stop Movement Order and to which agencies your installation commander has deemed as Mission Essential, some of the outprocessing functions may be delayed until after the Stop Movement Order has been lifted. 

 

3.  Can my household goods get moved during a stop movement?

 

Air Force military and civilian PCS moves are at an All Stop until 11 May 2020, IAW SECDEF’s Stop Movement Order, dated 13 March 2020. Stop Movement of all international travel is in effect until 24 May 2020, IAW SECDEF’s MOD 01 TO REVISION 01, dated 24 March 2020. There are five (5) exemptions authorized to continue: 

 

  • Personal Property pack outs that are already started 

  • Shipments for Global Force Management activities with Joint Staff Director of Operations (DJ-3) waiver 

  • Shipments for members with a GO/Flag Officer/SES-authorized waiver to PCS where the travel is: (1) determined to be mission essential; (2) necessary for humanitarian reasons; (3) warranted due to extreme hardship 

  • Shipments for Retirees/Separatees/Blue Bark 

  • Shipments for patients and medical providers for the purpose of medical treatment for DOD personnel and their family members; no GO/SES waiver required 

  • Status indicated by: Block 3 (SAFSC/CAFSC) of the 899 reflects 9P000 for Enlisted or 93P0 for Officers. “AAN” in Block 19 of the 899 reflects all 1’s (i.e. 1111111111). 

 

For all other exceptions, the following applies: 

 

Members must stop personal property movement actions unless they meet the following conditions, which include, but are not limited to: expired lease, home sale, termination of government / privatized housing, financial hardship, etc. In this case, the authorization to continue to move personal property must be approved by the Squadron Commander, First Sergeant or equivalent for staff positions. 

For more detailed information see MyPers article 46624 – Personal Property Activity – Questions and Answers (COVID 19)

 

4.  I want to telework but the network won’t allow me to connect regularly…am I still allowed to telework without a reliable connection to the AF network?

 

Airmen who are not able to work due to unforeseen circumstances and they do not have telework capabilities, the Commander may place the Airmen in Duty Status Code 14 (NOT PRESENT FOR DUTY-OTHER). The unit will need to track these members by any means feasible and ensure they are brought back to Duty Status 00 (PRESENT FOR DUTY) once they return to work. Members will still accrue leave and all entitlements will remain unchanged.

 

5.  Can I take leave if considered mission essential?

 

Commanders have final approval authority per AFI 36-3003 Military Leave Program.  You must adhere to the COVID-19 travel guidelines and you can only take leave within the local area as outlined by your Installation Commanders.

 

6.  Will promotion timing be impacted?  

 

If you have a line number …then you will promote as soon as your Line number increments.  (Only exception is you have to have either completed the required EPME or have an approved EPME Waiver…) i.e. ALS for SSgt, NCOA for MSgt, and SNCOA for CMSgt  

*All of our information is subject to change pending any other delays due to COVID-19.

 

Enlisted Boards:

 

MSgt Board:  Delayed until 11 June 2020.  MSgt Board is currently scheduled for 11-26 Jun

Supplemental Promotion Board being held virtually in April 2020 –Yes we are testing out the virtual board process for the SNCO supplemental board scheduled to convene 20-24 Apr.

 

Testing:

 

To SSgt and TSgt are postponed through 11 May 2020. WAPS testing:  Many installations are continuing to WAPS test so for those locations where the installation commander has decided to suspend WAPS testing…WAPS testing will resume on 11 May for both 20E6/20E5 cycles.

 

Fitness Test for promotion test/consideration eligibility must be a current and/or with a Passing Score.  

 

  • AFPC has streamlined the ETP that normally would be required to allow these Airmen to be “eligible” to test.  The MPF will receive a roster identifying the Airmen with either a FAILED or NOT-CURRENT FA.  Your Unit CCs will then make a promotion recommendation, sign the roster and send back to the MPF for processing.  

 

Officer Non-Line B Col (BSC/Chap), Lt Col (Chap/NC), Maj (Chap) – Central Selection Board delayed until 29 Jun 20 – delayed from 8 Jun start date. 

 

7.  Can I grow my hair out?

 

Commanders have the authority to deviate from hair grooming standards as needed to ensure the health and safety of our service members and families. Deviation should be done within reason and should in no way inhibit our ability to perform our duties, wear proper uniforms and head gear professionally, or prevent the use of protective or safety equipment.  As CMSAF Wright stated, we still have to represent the cloth of our nation so maintaining our professionalism is still key.  

 

8.  Do women get relaxed grooming standards?

 

Commanders have the authority to deviate from hair grooming standards as needed to ensure the health and safety of our service members and families. Deviation should be done within reason and should in no way inhibit our ability to perform our duties, wear proper uniforms and head gear professionally, or prevent the use of protective or safety equipment.

 

9.  When will the stop movement period of 60-days be re-evaluated…in other words, when will we know if that period is extended?

 

The Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) continues to monitor the situation, and will provide additional guidance as we approach day 60 of the original travel restriction order dated 11 March 2020.  ACC/A1 will provide any guidance we receive to your respective Chain(s) of Command as soon as possible.

 

10.  Do I need to bring people in to digitally sign their reports?

 

AFPC has authorized a combination of digital signature, wet signature, or typed signature and is effective immediately.   We are currently awaiting the myPers message with the updated instructions as well as the updated forms.  More to come.