Air Force Assignment Availability Code 05
§ 901.21 Notification of selection or nonselection.
(a) Notification of candidates selected for appointment are furnished by USAFA/RRS to HQ USAF/DPPA. HQ USAF/DPPA notifies Members of Congress and the Vice President of offers of appointment. After HQ USAF/DPPA notifies the nominating sources and advises USAFA/RRS that notification has been completed, USAFA/RRS notifies each appointee (civilian, Regular or Reserve service member) by letter, enclosing an acceptance or declination statement form. On receipt of an acceptance statement for each unconditional offer of appointment, USAFA/RRS forwards the completed candidate file to Cadet Examinations and Records (USAFA/RR). Conditional offers of appointment that have been accepted are held by USAFA/RRS until the conditional factor is resolved - medical status cleared, satisfactory preparatory school or college transcript received, proof of citizenship provided, etc. HQ USAF/DPPA is notified of removal of conditional status from offer of appointment in order to notify nominating sources as stated above. USAFA/RR completes admissions in-processing by:
(1) Forwarding an appointment kit which includes detailed reporting instructions to each appointee.
(2) Issuing invitation to travel orders.
(3) Notifying the Directorate of Cadet Personnel (USAFA/DPYC) of Regular airmen appointees. Regular airmen in technical school completes all phases of training, if time permits, before reporting to the Academy. On graduation, the airmen remain at the technical school in casual status (unless otherwise directed by HQ AFMPC/MPCRAC1) until earliest reporting date for the Academy.
(b) The Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) notifies applicants of their medical status. USAFA/RRS informs HQ USAF/DPPA of changes in medical status of candidates offered conditional appointments.
(c) USAFA/RRS notifies each unsuccessful candidate by May 1. For active duty Air Force personnel, the servicing CBPO also is notified and cancels the airman's Assignment Availability Code 05.
New Air Force Assignment Policies
The Air Force has announced new restrictions on Permanent Chance of Station (PCS) assignments, effective immediately.
In an effort to save PCS dollars and to stabilize and better develop the force, new policies have been developed regarding PCS moves that will keep most Air Force personnel in one location for a longer period of time. This can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. For the Air Force, these dollars saved can be used to recapitalize equipment, airplanes and facilities.
For Airmen, this means your families can stay in the same house for a little longer, your children can finish another year at the sames chool, or your spouse can continue to work at their civilian job. On the other hand, if you really want to move from a base you dislike, you will now have to wait longer in many cases.
The first PCS policy change increases the time-on-station requirement needed before one can PCS from one continental United States (CONUS) assignment to another. In the past, you needed to remain at a stateside base for three years before you could PCS to another stateside base. Now, you will need to remain on base for four years before you can get a new assignment to another stateside base. All enlisted Airmen are affected by this change, as are officers in support, judge advocate, chaplain and medical career fields. Also, most officers in rated staff positions are affected.
Lieutenants, however, will need only three years on base in order to do a CONUS to CONUS move.
This change in policy does not affect the time on station needed to move from a stateside base to an overseas base (12 months for first-term airmen and 24 months for all-others).
Airmen who get married to another Airman often seek out duty locations where they can do their Air Force job alongside their spouses.
This program is called Join Spouse. The Air Force works with these couples to help them find assignments that allow them to stay together. But another change to PCS policy increases the time married couples will need to serve on station before the Air Force will pay for a move to a Join Spouse assignment location.
Under the new PCS policy, Airmen must have 24 months on station before they can apply for a government-paid Join Spouse PCS. This doesn't mean it’s not possible to move sooner if manning permits, however, it just means the Air Force won't pay for the move before two years. If a suitable assignment is available prior to the 24 month period, and an Airman chooses to, he or she may pay their own way to move. This change affects both officers and enlisted.
Another set of changes to Air Force policy are more indirect, but they still affect PCS moves in the service. These changes involve adjusting manning percentages at both overseas and stateside bases. At a base in the United States, for instance, manning for an AFSC (job) must now be less than 85% before the Air Force will send more Airmen there. So if Base X has authorizations for 100 aircraft maintainers, it is okay for them to have only 85 maintainers assigned.
Should they fall lower then 85% manning, another maintainer could PCS in -- but not until then. Similar changes will happen overseas. Because the manning numbers have been changed both overseas and stateside, the Air Force will have to fill fewer vacancies, and that means fewer PCS moves.
Finally, the Air Force has extended by 12 months the tours of Airmen in jobs coded as Assignment Availability Code 50 (AAC 50). Airmen affected by this change are now serving in special jobs where the Air Force initially set an absolute limit on how long they could serve. Those limits have now been increased by 12 months. If you don’t know if this change affects you, check with your supervisor to determine if you are coded as AAC 50.
Above information courtesy of USAF. This article has been reprinted from the Air Force News Service from November 2006.