RRF due today, volunteer application deadline is March 1

 Feb. 15, 2006
 Release No. 013

 RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Today is the deadline for senior raters to
provide lieutenants in the 2002 and 2003 year groups eligible to meet the
2006 Force Shaping board a copy of their retention recommendation forms.

The form completed by the first 0-6 or equivalent in the chain of command
includes a retention recommendation and a statement from the senior rater
ranking the eligible lieutenant against others in the same career field and
year group.

The retention recommendation form will be included in the officer's central
selection record along with performance reports, training reports,
decorations, and a letter to the board if the officer chooses to submit one.

Letters to the board must be received at the Air Force Personnel Center here
by 11:59 p.m. CST on April 9.  Instructions for submitting a letter can be
found on the force shaping Website.

With RRFs handed out, the next milestone fast approaching for force shaping
board eligibles to consider is the voluntary separations deadline.  On March
1 the voluntary Force Shaping Program will close to 2006 board eligible
officers as the personnel center begins board preparations. 

Through the volunteer program some career fields have reached their
sustainment quota and lieutenants in those Air Force specialties will no
longer meet the board.  Those specialties in the 2002 year group are
scientist and weather.  The 2003 exempted career fields are: intelligence,
logistics readiness, civil engineering, acquisitions, contracting, finance,
OSI, and communication and information. 

The 2006 Force Shaping Board is scheduled to convene at the personnel center
April 10 and the board results will be released no later than June 1.  Those
not retained will have an automatic date of separation of Sept. 29 unless
they apply for an earlier date.

Force shaping eligibles are encouraged to take advantage of the transition
resources available through their family support center.