Tag Archives: Continuum of Service

Career Intermission Pilot Program gives Airmen a break

THE PENTAGON – The Navy is breaking waves on a new Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP) and the Air Force is considering developing a program of its own by early 2010.

The program would permit RegAF Airmen to transfer to the Ready Reserve for up to three years, then return to active duty. This would allow Airmen to take up to a three year break from active duty to pursue an educational degree, care for family members, or for other personal reasons. Participants from the Active Components who have not received a critical skills retention bonus could participate incurring a service commitment of two months for each month of inactivation.

Section 533 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (FY 09) authorized each service secretary to implement a CIPP allowing up to 20 enlisted and 20 officers from each service during each year from 2009 to 2012 to enter into the program. The program is designed to help retention and give airmen career flexibility enabling more work/life balance. The Navy is the lead agent for this initiative and began offering their pilot program in May 2009.

The Army is also considering implementing its program.

Inter-Service Transfer of Rated Officers Complete

Attention Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine aviators! The SAF/MRR Continuum of Service (CoS) program and the USAF/A3-O have completed an initiative amending AFI 11-402 to use the Aeronautical Review Board (ARB) process to screen intra/inter-Service candidates to fill Total Force rated officer vacancies.

If a vacant rated officer position exists and an applicant is deemed qualified by the ARB, the board will recommend the award of the equivalent Air Force Aeronautical rating. This includes helicopter pilots and medical officers. This was initiated because the Air Force is experiencing nearly a 50% shortfall of Air Liaison and Air Operations Center Officers.

Airmen can access the CoS Tracking Tool (CoSTT) (access requires a .mil address and CAC card) and start fostering a lifetime of service to the nation and the Air Force.  Once on the CoSTT, Airmen can submit a barrier to service issue, track its progress and view other issues in a variety of categories.

To better explain CoS, check out this video – it helps describe exactly what CoS is and how it can help you.

CoS had six new initiatives submitted and under review between SAF/MR and appropriate offices in May— yours might be the next!  Using a .mil address and your CAC Card, visit:  https://www.safmr.hq.af.mil.

Thanks to SAF/MR – Manpower and Reserve Affairs for sending this post.

Airmen with LASIK vision correction can transfer to Reserve, Guard

This week, we have another success story from the Air Force Continuum of Service (CoS) initiative (watch our video for more information).  LASIK corrective eye surgery is a common procedure that thousands of people undergo each year, including Airmen.  In May 2007, the Air Force lifted a ban thus allowing Airmen who received LASIK vision correction to fly high-performance aircraft.

Now, another barrier has been lifted!

The CoS program successfully completed an initiative allowing Airmen who have had LASIK eye surgery to transfer from the regular component to the reserves. Previously, the policy was that individuals having LASIK surgery were not eligible to transfer to the reserve component, even if it was performed while on active duty.

On May 21, 2007, the Air Force began accepting applicants who had LASIK surgery into flight training and navigator training.  This initiative clears the way for experienced Airmen to move to the Guard and Reserves and is one less barrier to moving between the regular and reserves components, allowing them to continue their career and service to the nation.

Help us help you – submit your issues and suggestions to the CoS Tracking Tool (access requires a .mil address and CAC card)!

Thanks to SAF/MR – Manpower and Reserve Affairs for sending this post.

Air Force’s Continuum of Service (CoS) sees positive results

We recently wrote about the Air Force’s Continuum of Service (CoS) initiative, a program that aims to eliminate barriers to service for all Airmen (watch our video for more information).  Airmen can log into the tool (access requires a .mil address and CAC card) to submit an issue, track its progress and view other issues in a variety of categories.  Since that post, there have been several submissions to the CoS Tracking Tool, and we wanted to share a recent success.

CoS has successfully completed an initiative allowing Air Force Academy cadets to graduate from the Academy and go directly into postgraduate theology education programs, quickly filling critical chaplain shortages.

These theology education students no longer have to complete an initial operational assignment prior to applying for this education, and this will speed up the process increasing the number of chaplains in service.  Graduates owe five years for USAFA after schooling, plus an active duty service commitment of year for each year of chaplaincy school.

This decision was developed in coordination with Air Force Chaplain Service, Air Force Manpower and Personnel and Academy leadership to meet critical faith requirements.

We’ll bring you another success story next week, but in the meantime, help us help you – send us your issues and suggestions today!

Thanks to SAF/MR —  Manpower and Rerserve Affairs for providing Air Force Live with this post.

Eliminating barriers to service

Have you ever experienced a policy or legislative problem in your career?
Have you worked with your chain of command to address it?
Want to fix the process?

Well, here’s your chance!

A View From Below

Continuum of Service (CoS) is designed to assist Airmen in building a lifetime of service to the nation.  To better explain CoS, check out this video–it helps describe exactly what CoS is and how it can help you.

To help Airmen submit issues and concerns, the Air Force developed the CoS Submission and Tracking Tool (CoSTT).  All Airmen can log into the tool (access requires a .mil address and CAC card) to submit an issue, track its progress and view other issues in a variety of categories.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney McKinley supports CoS saying, “Continuum of Service is a vitally important initiative and seeks to remove barriers to service, enabling us to reach the right Airmen, with the right skills, at the right time.”

Help us help you – send us your issues and suggestions today!

Thanks to SAF/MR – Manpower and Reserve Affairs for providing the information in this guest post.