Disqualified Airman Re-Training
Air Force enlisted personnel who are disqualified from their current AFSC, or disqualified during a training program are placed into one or two categories -- disqualified for cause, or disqualified for reasons beyond their control.
Air Force policy is to retain and retrain only those airmen who have demonstrated the ability to successfully complete training and whose past record clearly justifies further investment.
Disqualified for Cause. Airmen are categorized as disqualified for cause when they no longer meet the requirements for any of their awarded AFSCs (or the training school), and basis for withdrawing the AFSC (or failure in training) is for conditions or actions over which the airman had control. Examples of disqualification for cause include loss of security clearance due to misconduct, drug or alcohol involvement, failure to progress in training (for reasons within their control), substandard duty performance or other acts that lead to AFSC withdrawal or training school failure.
For those in training status, the technical training squadron commander recommends separation or administrative action for airmen eliminated for reasons within their control. Retrainees who are removed from training for misconduct are not considered for retraining. In such cases, the commander returns the airman to the losing organization for action (for re-trainees) or processes discharge action (for those in PCS training status).
The technical training squadron commander considers all circumstances surrounding the individual’s elimination to determine if separation is appropriate. If the commander does not initiate separation, the airman reports for retraining. When the commander recommends further retraining or returning airmen back to a previously awarded skill, the commander will indicate why separation was not warranted. In such cases (airmen eliminated from training for cause), if retention/re-training is approved, the individual does not get a choice in which fields they will be re-trained into.
If selected for re-training, airmen are re-trained into an AFSC that they (1) are qualified for, (2) has an available class-start date within 120 days, and (3) has a course-length of no longer than 8 weeks (40 academic days).
No retraining action is required for first term airmen within 10 months of DOS or second term/career airmen within 18 months of High Year of Tenure (HYT). The commander will utilize those airmen locally at his discretion.
Disqualified Not For Cause. Airmen are categorized as disqualified not for cause who no longer meet the specialty qualifications for any of their awarded AFSCs, and basis for withdrawing AFSC is for conditions or actions over which the airman had no control. Examples include medical conditions such as hearing loss, toxic chemical exposure, injury resulting in AFSC withdrawal, or failure to progress in training for reasons beyond the airman’s control.
Airmen disqualified not for cause may apply for separation under miscellaneous reasons in lieu of retraining.
Airmen must apply for AFSCs for which they meet all requirements and have a class starting within 120 days. Airmen are encouraged to list, as a minimum, three AFSC choices. If the Air Force cannot approve the choices, the Air Force will provide retraining AFSCs based on Air Force requirements and the individual's qualifications.
Airmen between 24th and 38th month of service for a 4-year enlistee (48th and 62nd for a 6-year enlistee) will apply using their CAREERS option, provided the airman is recommended for reenlistment.
Airmen eliminated from technical training courses for academic deficiency (not within their control) may not request retraining into AFSCs that require an identical or higher aptitude score.