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Date Eligible to Return from Overseas (DEROS) Forecast System (DFS)

The DEROS Forecast System was implemented as an effort to save PCS funds and improve the management of the DEROS program. In this section, we briefly address the indefinite DEROS, in-place consecutive overseas tours (IPCOT), and consecutive overseas tours.

For those serving long tours in Alaska and Hawaii, an indefinite DEROS is automatically provided. If you elected to maintain your indefinite DEROS during your DEROS forecast option opportunity, but would now like to establish a DEROS, you may do so provided you choose a date 12-15 months in the future. (Your commander can adjust this period of time from 9 to 15 months.) For all other locations, requesting an indefinite DEROS is an option to be considered during your DEROS forecast process.

The in-place consecutive overseas tour (IPCOT) is another available option for all individuals at an overseas location. By applying for this program, you agree to serve an equal or longer tour than the one you are currently serving, at the same location. If your request is approved, you (and any command sponsored dependents) are entitled to COT leave travel. The effective date of your IPCOT will be on the completion of your original tour and any voluntary extension of tour (EOT).

If you are currently overseas and want to volunteer for a specific overseas base or country, the consecutive overseas tour (COT) program is the one for you. Those members serving with an indefinite DEROS will receive continuous consideration for overseas requirements, if they are a consecutive overseas tour (COT) volunteer and have completed their current tour. Members who have an established DEROS can also be nded tour length. By volunteering for the extended tour option, you agree to serve the standard tour length plus an additional 12 months. The advantage of being an extended tour volunteer is that you receive assignment consideration ahead of those members who only volunteer for the standard tour length. Here's an example. Let's say SSgt Nickel volunteered for Ramstein AB Germany as a standard tour volunteer and SSgt Dollar volunteered for the same base but for the extended tour. Assuming other things were equal (AFSC, grade, TOS, no quality factors, etc.) and both are eligible for the assignment, SSgt Dollar would be selected for the assignment. Why? He has agreed to serve an additional year in the overseas area, which will save the Air Force PCS funds.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for an overseas assignment, you MUST have or be able to obtain, the retainability for the tour for which you are volunteering. For example, you have a HYT that is 28 months away and you volunteer for a 36 month tour. You won't get selected because you cannot obtain the full 36 months of retainability for the assignment. If you are a second term or career airmen (not a first-termer), and are selected and then decline to get the required retainability, your assignment will be canceled and you will be required to separate or retire on your current DOS. (If you are already retirement eligible you may only be able to stay in six months from the time you refuse the assignment). If you do decline an assignment or have one canceled because of your unwillingness to obtain sufficient retainability, you will be ineligible for other assignments, except those for which you have the needed retainability. You can volunteer for overseas tours at your Commander's Support Staff (CSS) or MPF by completing the Air Force Form 392 or through PC III. Please note: If you have more than one AFSC and one is imbalanced, you will be selected in the imbalanced AFSC only. For more information on imbalanced AFSCs, see your MPF.


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