The Air Force is continuing to offer active-duty airmen the option of switching to the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard under the expanded Palace Chase and Palace Front programs.
Palace Chase normally requires enlisted airmen to serve two years in the Guard or reserve for every year of active duty they have left, and for officers, three years for every year remaining. But the expanded Palace Chase program, which is part of the force management program, requires airmen to serve only their remaining commitment in the Guard or reserve, with no additional time.
Palace Front helps airmen who have already fulfilled their service obligations switch to the Guard or reserve the day they separate or retire.
The Air Force said that more than 1,500 airmen have transitioned to the Guard or reserve through Palace Chase or Palace Front since July 2013. In a news release, the Air Force suggested that airmen who are interested in making the switch contact their local in-service recruiters for more information or visit the Guard’s or reserve’s websites.
In other force management news, the Air Force’s first Enhanced Selective Early Retirement Board, or E-SERB, concluded on June 20, the Air Force said. The Air Force Personnel Center will provide the board’s results to commanders by the end of July.
Enlisted retention boards are still meeting, the Air Force said. The results for senior noncommissioned officers are expected to be sent to senior raters by the end of the month, and results for senior airmen, staff sergeants and technical sergeants will be available by mid-August.■