From Col Darryle Grimes
To New Lts and affected cadets Cadets,
As we are all well aware, from many discussions over the past 1-2 years, the Air Force is experiencing a budget-driven reduction in force. Last year’s Voluntary Release Program (VRP) that was offered to some of calendar year (CY) 2014 commissioning class, was driven by the fact that accession requirements for new Lts have dropped below the number of contract cadets currently in the AFROTC pipeline. Not surprisingly, the Air Force is continuing this year with additional force management programs to meet reduced accession targets and limit the number of cadets entering the Active Component to ensure it stays within budget and does not over-access officers.
The Air Force is executing a Total Force Commissioning Process for AFROTC cadets commissioning in calendar year 2015 (CY15), which runs from 1 Jan 15 – 31 Dec 15. This program seeks to ensure the Air Force does not bring in more officers than required and shares the excess talent in the AFROTC production pipeline with the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command. In the coming months, the Air Force will conduct three separate, but related programs: AFROTC Voluntary Release Program, AFROTC Air Reserve Component (ARC) Volunteer Program, and the AFROTC Cadet Active Component Allocation Process (CACAP). Unlike the first two, the latter is not a voluntary program…all cadets commissioning in CY15 will be subject to the CACAP if they do not elect one of the volunteer programs before that.
If you are receiving this email, then you are eligible for one or more of these programs according to our data. It is imperative to your status in AFROTC and your future service in the Air Force that you read the attached document closely. It includes specific info on each of the programs with eligibility, procedures to apply, and suspenses for each. For the new 2d Lts who are in the IRR awaiting EAD, you are eligible only for the ARC Vol program (except the three classified as 13N Nuclear/Missile Operations Officers). This is a voluntary program for IRR Lts and neither of the other programs applies to you.
To clarify the cadet eligibilities:
1. For cadets who are commissioning from today through the end of CY14.
a. They should have met classification which happened last Dec.
b. They should already have an AFSC
c. They are only eligible for the Vol Release and ARC Vol TXFR program.
d. Because they were classified last year and already have an AFSC they will not meet the third program (CACAP for CY15 classification based on ROTC order of merit (OM))
e. All cadets and AFSCs are eligible to include RATED (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF 13N)
2. For Cadets who will commission Jan – Dec 2015 (and meet classification this fall)
a. They are eligible for all programs (VRP, ARC Vol TXFR, and the CACAP based on ROTC OM)
b. Your Det/CC rank plays a role in classification (this happens every year and is normal, a higher ranking only benefits them with their preferences; this year it will impact your ability to receive an Active Duty AFSC)
c. This year if cadets do not volunteer for the Release/TXFR then they will be ranked in the national OM and may receive an allocation in the IRR (i.e. not active duty)
d. All cadets except 13N are eligible (this includes all cadets who have received a rated AFSC) They will be included in the OM and are eligible for the CACAP.
I understand that this is a lot of information to sort through, but you must take the time to ensure the you understand the options open to you and (for the CY15 commissionees) the ramifications of the CACAP. As of now, we have no information whatsoever on what the active duty allocation percentage might look. I can only tell you what I’ve told you many times before, that every in AFROTC and the Air Force is a competitive process, so the CACAP will award active duty allocations based on the same performance factors that you’ve been evaluated on throughout your time in AFROTC.
Realize that we only learned about these programs today ourselves, so we don’t have much more information than you do right now. Read the document thoroughly and use the Guard and Reserve points of contact to answer questions about those components, if you have them. We will continue to provide additional information if/when we receive it.
Darryle J. Grimes, Col, USAF
Professor of Aerospace Studies and
Commander, AFROTC Detachment 075
San Diego State University
619 594 1123 office
619 594 5545 front desk