by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
3/4/2015 - WASHINGTON (AFNS -- Thirty-four
officer and enlisted Airmen were selected to participate in the Air
Force's Career Intermission Program which offers from one to three years
of partially paid time out of uniform to focus on personal and
professional pursuits. Two of those selected have since voluntarily
withdrawn their applications and will remain on active duty.
The 32 program participants embody differing backgrounds, cultures,
experiences and highly specialized competencies representing a
cross-section of America. These Airmen, from varying Air Force
specialties including: fliers, medics, maintainers, personnelists, cyber
and legal specialists; will have an opportunity through CIP to attend
to personal and professional needs without having to choose one over the
"The strength of the nation's Air Force is rooted in our Airmen and
their families," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "Not
only were applicants considered for their demonstrated leadership and
commitment to the Air Force, but these top performers were also
evaluated on their potential to continue to grow and thrive upon
returning to active duty."
The 2009 National Defense Authorization Act authorizes each military
branch to select up to 20 officer and 20 enlisted members each calendar
year to take a sabbatical and seamlessly return to their active-duty or
Air Reserve component role.
A total force selection panel convened Nov. 12, at the Air Force
Personnel Center on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, to select
the first participants from active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard
and Air Force Reserve. Applications and the Airman's military personnel
record were reviewed to assess all factors that bear on their potential
to serve the Air Force in the future, including leadership and duty
performance, professional qualities and development, depth and breadth
of experience, and achievements.
"Diversity has made our nation and Air Force stronger, and to remain the
world's premier Air Force we must attract, recruit, develop, mentor and
retain the best possible talent," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.
Mark A. Welsh III. "Offering these highly competitive Airmen an
opportunity to enjoy a healthier work-life balance will allow them the
ability to temporarily focus on other personal priorities while managing
The final selection included 15 officers and 19 enlisted Airmen,
although two individuals have since chosen to withdraw from
participation and remain on active duty. Thus, 32 Airmen -- equally
divided amongst male and female - will begin their transition to the
Individual Ready Reserve in spring of 2015.
"This first group of Airmen is paving the way for the future of the
program," said Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody.
"Retaining experienced and talented Airmen by providing them an
opportunity to take care of their personal needs will advance our
efforts to meet the ever-changing needs of our Air Force, Airmen and
their families," he said.
The Air Force currently plans to maintain the same selection timeline,
with applications accepted from mid-August to mid-October and selections
Air Force leaders worked with the other services through the legislative
process to create an enduring program extending beyond calendar year
2015. The Congressional authority for CIP was extended under the fiscal
year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act to Dec. 31, 2019.