It appears the message got through to Santa. I went to a Town Hall today and got some more information on the questions on my Christmas list:
1. Since the announcement stated that enlisted who were RIF'd with more than 15 years will automatically be offered Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA), and since that same detail was for some reason not provided for officers RIF'd with more than 15 years in... Well.... Will it be offered for officers, too?
2. Since the announcement stated that enlisted force shaping boards would not consider those who would have eighteen years of service by the mandatory separation date since they would be in "sanctuary," and since the same details were not offered for officers who would be separated with eighteen plus years... Well... Will officers also be considered to be in sanctuary if the separation date puts them at eighteen years and therefore also spared the RIF?
3. Are pilots going to be denied TERA yet again in January (because they're hacking the mish in not-overmanned-career fields with less than stellar manning unlike those officers being offered TERA), only to months later find that 550 jets were cut from the inventory afterward, making them magically (and without any previous knowledge, of course) eligible for the RIF? Or are pilots so "bored" that they will be considered overmanned and allowed the same opportunity as other officers in January?
What Santa today said was:
1. Officer involuntary/voluntary programs will target officers in "overage populations" (by AFSC and year group).
2. Enlisted folks who are not retained after a board, who have more than 15 years of service, will NOT be offered TERA. This contradicts recent guidance on MyPers:
- Quality Force Review Board (QFRB). The... TERA will be offered to Airmen with at least 15 years of service who are not retained....I'm going to track down if this really true or not. If not, I'll continue to ask whether the same offer of TERA will be made to officers who are not retained from the RIF.
- Enlisted Retention Boards. The... TERA will be offered to Airmen with at least 15 years of service before the board and to similarly eligible Airmen who are not retained...
3. My second question from my list was answered, and it was shown on page/slide eight of a powerpoint slideshow. The RIF board for officers will not consider officers who will have eighteen years of service as of January, 2015, just like the enlisted boards.
4. The list of those eligible to apply for TERA has been created, but has been put on hold for some reason. Expect notifications to come if you are eligible for the program.
Santa's slides with more information can be found here. These slides have not yet been verified by AFPC, though the question has been asked, so it's possible one wing got it wrong (though I doubt it in this case).
I'll continue to find and verify information, and then update this blog post. Thanks for the quick turn around Santa!