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Air Force prior service recruiting program open to reservists.

A large percentage of the people who join the Air Force Reserve do so after serving on active duty first. But did you know that this process can work in reverse as well -- that the active-duty Air Force has a prior-service recruiting program that is open to all members of the military branch's reserve and guard forces?

The prior-Service program opens Oct. 1 of each fiscal year with three categories of opportunity: direct duty with no requirements for completed years of service; direct duty with a requirement for completed years of service; and retraining opportunities.

The key element for those wanting to join through the prior-service program is their most recent Air Force specialty code The Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) is an alphanumeric code used by the United States Air Force to identify an Air Force Specialty (AFS). Officer AFSCs consist of four characters and enlisted AFSCs consist of five characters. . A select number of applicants will fall into the direct duty with no time in service requirements category. This option is reserved for members holding very specific AFSCs. Most applicants will fall into the direct duty with time in service requirements or retraining categories.

Applicants not falling into the first direct duty category should refer to the prior-service matrix to determine their tentative eligibility.

The matrix is released at the beginning of each quarter and can be found on the Air Force Recruiting Service's portal page. To locate it, select "Publications" from the side menu of the main AFRS AFRS Air Force Recruiting Service
AFRS American Forces Radio Saigon
AFRS Auxiliary Flight Reference System
AFRS Automated Fingerprint Reader System
AFRS Aircraft Fault Reporting System
AFRS Air Force Reserve Sector
 page. Then select "Procedural Guidance Messages, 900-Prior Service."

This matrix shows the total number of positions the Air Force needs for each AFSC AFSC American Friends Service Committee
AFSC Alaska Fisheries Science Center
AFSC Air Force Systems Command
AFSC Air Force Specialty Code
AFSC Air Force Space Command
AFSC Armed Forces Services Corporation
AFSC Army Field Support Command
, broken down by total years of service. For example, if you have 10 years of service, hold the 2A6XI AFSC and there is a positive number in the corresponding cell on the matrix, you may be eligible for the prior-service program.

Members who do not qualify for one of the direct duty positions may be eligible to retrain. On average there are between 75 and 110 retraining slots available for all prior-service applicants into the following AFSCs:

* 1C2X1 (combat control)

* 1T231 (pararescue)

* 1C431 (tactical air control party A subordinate operational component of a tactical air control system designed to provide air liaison to land forces and for the control of aircraft. Also called TACP. )

* 3P031B (combat arms)

* 1UO31 (remotely piloted aircraft sensor operator)

* 1T031 (survival, evasion, resistance and escape)

* 3E8X1 (explosive ordnance disposal The detection, identification, on-site evaluation, rendering safe, recovery, and final disposal of unexploded explosive ordnance. It may also include explosive ordnance which has become hazardous by damage or deterioration. Also called EOD. )

* 8R000 (recruiter)

* 6CO31 (contracting)

The prior-service program will accept 250 applicants (including retrainees) during fiscal 2012 on a first-come, first-served basis. However, this total is subject to change based on the Air Force's needs.

Members interested in this program should contact their local recruiter as soon as possible to determine their eligibility. For information or to locate your local recruiter, visit

(Royster is assigned to the 336th Recruiting Squadron, Moody Air Force Base Moody Air Force Base is the home of the United States Air Force 23d Wing located in Lowndes County, about 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Valdosta, Georgia. , Ga.)
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Author:Royster, William
Publication:Citizen Airman
Date:Apr 1, 2012
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