Ninety lieutenant colonels and 131 colonels were selected for early retirement by the Selective Early Retirement Board that met Dec. 9, according to data provided to Air force Times on Wednesday by the Air Force Personnel Center.
The officers were notified of their selection Jan. 23 and are assigned a July 1 retirement date.
This SERB is one of several force management programs the cash-strapped Air Force is using this fiscal year to try to get down to authorized end-strength levels.
The selectees, by competitive category:
Line of the Air Force: 69 lieutenant colonels and 105 colonels.
Nurse Corps: Seven lieutenant colonels and seven colonels.
Biomedical Service Corps: Six lieutenant colonels and four colonels.
Judge Advocate General : Six lieutenant colonels and 11 colonels.
Medical Services Corps: Two lieutenant colonels and four colonels.
The board considered lieutenant colonels who had been passed over for promotion to colonel twice by Dec. 9. It also considered colonels with four years or more of active-duty time-in-grade by Dec. 9. But colonels who met the 2010 or 2012 boards were not considered.
No more than 30 percent of the officers in each grade and in each competitive category can be selected for retirement under a SERB.
The Air Force also has faced a promotion logjam in recent years that it hopes the SERB will help fix. Colonels are staying in the Air Force longer, which means there are fewer vacancies for lieutenant colonels to move into. This has a domino effect for majors and captains, who also can’t get promoted.
For example, the Air Force canceled the majors board that would have been held December 2013 due to record-high retention. In November, it pushed back the next board, which was originally expected to be held next summer, to December 2014, to minimize the time between when a captain is selected for promotion and when he pins on his new rank. The last time a majors board was held was in December 2012.