Field Message, FY13 Noncommissioned Officer
Retraining Program (NCORP) Announcement, 30
July 2012, 08:05
Applicable To: Active Duty
Release Date: 30 July 2012
To: FSS/CCs, MAJCOMs, MPS/Chief, MPS Supt
From: HQ AFPC/DPS
Subject: SUBJECT: FY13 Noncommissioned Officer Retraining Program (NCORP) Announcement
Reference: Air Force Guidance Memorandum to Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2626, Airman Retraining
Program, 30 July 2012
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1. This message announces and provides implementation instructions for the FY13 Noncommissioned Officer
Retraining Program (NCORP), Phase I (voluntary retraining) and Phase II (involuntary retraining). There are
approximately 1,436 opportunities for retraining into shortage Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs), as
determined by AF/A1PT.
NOTE: This message does not apply to the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard.
2. Program History/Overview
a. Historically, the Air Force has retrained second term and career Airmen from overage AFSCs into shortage
AFSCs. The purpose is to optimize the enlisted force structure to best meet current and future Air Force AF
requirements. NCORP is the approved program for this purpose. This program consists of two phases: Phase I
(voluntary) and Phase II (involuntary) retraining. Phase I and Phase II are announced in this single message
and will be executed consecutively.
b. Phase I and II will consist of unrestricted AFSCs (Airmen in these AFSCs may apply for any AFSC for which
they meet requirements) and restricted AFSCs (Airmen in these AFSCs will have AFSC limitations as listed
under the RETRN-IN RESTRICTION column) see Para f below.
(1) UNRESTRICTED: Phase I (voluntary) for unrestricted AFSCs will start on 30 July 2012 and end on 5 October
2012. Voluntary applications must be completed and submitted to AFPC/DPTOT by 2359 Central Daylight
Time (CDT) on 5 October 2012. Voluntary applications will NOT be accepted once Phase I ends. Phase II
(involuntary) for unrestricted AFSCs will start on 6 October 2012 and will end 30 October 2012./p>
(2) RESTRICTED: Phase I (voluntary) for restricted AFSCs will start on 30 July 2012 and end on 3 Sep 12.
Voluntary applications must be completed and submitted to AFPC/DPTOT by 2359 CDT on 3 Sep 12.
Voluntary applications will NOT be accepted once Phase I ends. Phase II (involuntary) for restricted AFSCs
will start on 4 Sep 12 and will end on 5 October 2012.
NOTE: Vulnerable Airmen not approved for retraining during Phase I (restricted or unrestricted) will remain
vulnerable for involuntary retraining as identified on the Master Vulnerability Listing (MVL). Airmen should
submit eligibility requests in a timely manner to ensure they have enough time to meet all application
c. Master Vulnerability List
(1) The MVL is prioritized in sequence order within each AFSC by projected grade/grade, earliest Date Of
Rank (DOR), and Total Active Federal Military Service Date (TAFMSD). The MVL will be posted to the AFPC
Secure Web Page NLT 1630 CDT 30 July 2012. Airmen can view the MVL by accessing
https://w20.afpc.randolph.af.mil/afpcsecurenet20/PKI/ MainMenu1.aspx and logging into “Secure Apps” to
determine their current standing. Once in AFPC “Secure Apps” click the “Retraining” button; select
appropriate AFSC and then grade/proj grade. Within each AFSC, Airmen can view their current ranking
among others identified in that projected grade/grade. This ranking will change as Airmen are selected for
retraining or removed for other appropriate reasons.
(2) Airmen identified on the MVL will be coded in the Military Personnel Data System (MilPDS) with a “Palace
Balance Code – I” which will hold Airmen in-place from 30 July 2012 to 30 October 2012. Airmen will receive
an individual NCORP notification Report on Individual Person (RIP); however, Airman will not be released
from NCORP or provide relief from any NCORP requirement if they do not receive this RIP.
(3) Airmen identified on the MVL will NOT initiate any voluntary actions making them ineligible for retraining
(i.e., volunteer for Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Special Duty Assignment, 365-Day Temporary Duty
(ITDY) deployment, Physician Assistant, Officer Pre-commissioning Programs, Palace Chase, etc.) after 30
(4) Airmen identified on the MVL will NOT be tasked for deployment after 27 July 2012. Deployed personnel
may apply during Phase I and must be able to complete the administrative requirements and attend class
during FY13. Deployed personnel will NOT be returned early from the deployed location to complete
administrative requirements or meet class start date.
(5) Your relative standing on the MVL does NOT guarantee your non-selection in phase II. (Example: An
individual may be ranked number100 on the MVL but has ASVAB scores/security clearance qualifying them
for one of the remaining retraining in AFSCs that other NCOs ahead of them do not possess).
NOTE: Personnel erroneously identified on the MVL must submit a removal request, endorsed by the unit
commander and forwarded to the Military Personnel Section Career Development office for processing.
d. Selective Reenlistment Bonus (SRB) Implications
(1) Airmen currently receiving an SRB, electing to voluntarily retrain into an AFSC during Phase I may submit
a retraining application as an exception to policy. In accordance with (IAW) AFI 36-2606, provided the
Airmen have served at least 50 percent of their current enlistment (enlistment authorizing the SRB
payment). No other requests will be considered. If approved all unearned portions of the bonus will be
recouped and all future/anniversary payments will be terminated.
(2) For Airmen identified to retrain in Phase II (involuntary), all SRB provisions are waived if selected to
retrain into any AFSC, regardless of whether the AFSC has a lower, equal to, or higher SRB.
e. Eligibility Criteria
(1) Be on their second or subsequent enlistment.
(2) Be eligible for promotion and reenlistment (i.e., may not be under Article 15 suspension/control roster
(3) Have a current or projected grade of SSgt through MSgt. Therefore, if already projected for promotion,
Airmen must apply for AFSC(s) with shortages in the projected grade.
NOTE: Airmen will NOT be released from NCORP if promoted.
(4) Have the appropriate total active federal military service for their projected grade/grade. Airmen in the
grade of SSgt or projected grade of SSgt must have less than 12 years of total active federal military service
as 30 September 2013. TSgts and MSgts must have less than 16 years of total active federal military service
as 30 September 2013.
(5) Have an Assignment Availability Code (AAC) or Assignment Limitation Code (ALC) expiration date on or
before 31 August 2013 (Example: Airman has an AAC 50 with an expiration date of 5 Feb 13).
(6) Not be projected for retirement, separation, PCS, 365-day TDY deployment.
(7) Have a current Date Eligible for Return from Overseas (DEROS) of Feb 13 or earlier, as of 30 July 2012. If
the member has an indefinite DEROS, the original DEROS must be completed by 31 August 2013 or earlier.
Please visit the local MPS Career Development section if there are questions concerning DEROS.
(8) Have an overall EPR rating “3” or higher without referral on their most recent EPR.
(9) Possess a 5-skill level or above in their Control AFSC.
f. FY13 NCORP Retraining-Out Objectives
The below list identifies the retraining-out objectives (number of Airmen required to retrain out) by AFSC
and grade. Identified Airmen must pay close attention to retraining restrictions (RETRN-IN RESTRICTIONS)
applicable to these AFSC to determine which deadlines listed above in Para 2b(2) they are required to meet.
AFSC E-5 E-6 E-7 RETRN-IN RESTRICTIONS
(SSgt) (TSgt) (MSgt)
1N2X1A 15 - - None
1P0X1 5 10 - None
2A0X1P 40 20 -
TSgt- 10 - 2A3X5A, 10- 2A3X7A
2A0X1S 40 - - SSgt - OJT into 2A3X5B
2A6X1 18 9 - None
SSgt- 2A6X4, 2A7X5
2A6X2 40 50 -
TSgt- 2A6X4, 2A6X6, & 2A7XX
2A6X3 10 5 -
2R0X1 5 - - None
2R1X1 - 5 - None
2S0X1 100 65 - None
2T1X1 50 - - None
2T3X2C 10 - - None
2T3X7 10 - - None
3D0X1 - 50 - None
3D1X1 75 - - None
3D1X3 50 40 5 SSgt -7 of 50 restricted to 1C6X1
3D1X5 20 - - SSgt- 3 of 20 restricted to 1C6X1
3D1X6 50 20 - None
3D1X7 - 10 - None
3E0X1 35 24 - None
3E0X2 30 5 5 None
3E1X1 20 30 - None
3E2X1 5 20 - None
3E3X1 5 - - None
3E7X1 - 20 - None
3M0X1 30 - - None
3P0X1 - 90 - None
3S0X1 - - 10 None
4A0X1 10 - - None
4A1X1 30 - - None
4D0X1 10 - - None
4N0X1 103 SSgt 4N0X1B, 4N0X1C
4N1X1 12 SSgt 4N1X1B, 4N1X1C, 4N1X1D
4R0X1 14 SSgt 4R0X1A, 4R0X1B
4T0X1 - 3 - None
4T0X2 5 - - None
4Y0X1 20 15 - None
6F0X1 25 - - None
9A000 12 13 8 None
g. NCORP PHASE I
All Airmen identified on the MVL whether restricted or unrestricted, as well as those not identified on the
MVL have the opportunity to apply for retraining into AFSCs in which they qualify provided they meet the
AFSC and grade requirements under NCORP. Retraining in/out opportunities can be found on the virtual
Military Personnel Flight (vMPF) (once in vMPF, click “Request Retraining” link, then click “Retraining
Advisory” link). Airmen may apply for retraining by accessing
https://w20.afpc.randolph.af.mil/afpcsecurenet20/PKI/ MainMenu1.aspx and logging into “Secure Apps”,
click vMPF, Self Service Actions, Retraining, Request Retraining. You will be automatically routed to myPers,
click Request for Retraining to start your application. Applications are processed on a first come, first serve
basis during phase I.
NOTE: All incomplete applications as of 5 October 2012 will be closed and personnel may be vulnerable in
EXCEPTION: AFSCs requiring a Class II or Class III Flying Physical will be worked on a case-by-case basis by
AFPC/DPTOT. All Class II or Class III physicals must scheduled by 28 Aug 12.
h. NCORP Phase II
(1) AFPC/DPTOT will begin selecting the most qualified and vulnerable Airmen in order to meet the
remaining out objectives. Individual preference is no longer a consideration and Air Force needs will take
NOTE: The AFSC selected will be based on basic qualifications for which the member already meets (i.e.,
ASVAB and security clearance)
(2) Airmen must submit the administrative documents by the given suspense! Failure to do so will require
completion of the AF Form 964 (PCS, TDY, Deployments, or Training Declination Statement) rendering the
Airman ineligible for promotion, assignment, reenlistment/extension(s) and they will separate on their DOS
or sooner if mandated under an announced Force Management Program. The MPS Career development office
will complete the AF Form 964 and update MilPDS appropriately.
i. Request for Exception to Policy (ETPs)
During NCORP, ETP requests will ONLY be accepted for the below AFSCs from Airmen holding a CAFSC with
zero retraining-in objectives on the retraining advisory:
(1) 1A1X1 - Flight Engineer
(2) 1A8X2 - Airborne ISR Operator
(3) 1B4X1 - Cyberspace Defense Ops
(4) 1C3X1 - Command Post
(5) 9S100 - Technical Applications Specialist
(1) Must view their standing on the MVL. Ranking will change as Airmen are selected for retraining or if
removed for other appropriate reasons.
(2) Erroneously identified on the MVL must submit a removal request, endorsed by the unit commander and
forwarded to the MPS Career Development office for processing NLT 22 Aug 12 (i.e., currently tasked to
deploy prior to 27 July 2012, not medically qualified, AAC erroneously missing at the time the MVL was
(3) Must check their “my account” for any correspondence weekly via AF personnel website.
(4) Must ensure assignment preferences are accurate at the time of retraining application submission and
match their online retraining application.
(5) Request assignment status through the Total Force Service Center – San Antonio if his/her projected
retraining course is 20 weeks or greater and assignment has not been received by the 60th day prior to
training start date.
(6) Immediately notify MPS Career Development office of any conditions rendering them ineligible for an
b. MPS/Career Development
(1) Maintain program management oversight of FY13 NCORP for all serviced units and act as a liaison
between Airmen and AFPC.
(2) Officially notify all identified Airmen who are listed on the MVL and provide guidance in accordance with
(3) Effectively advertise FY13 NCORP and provide a copy of this message to all second term/career Airmen in
the projected grade of SSgt to MSgt in the retraining out AFSCs, Career Assistance Advisors, Unit
Commanders and First Sergeants. The FY13 NCORP Phase I and Phase II should be HOT topics at all Unit
Commanders Calls and In-House Training sessions.
(4) Request removal from the MVL for Airmen erroneously identified (i.e., currently deployed, new
permanent profile, Assignment Availability Code (AAC) erroneously missing at the time the MVL was
prepared, etc.). All removal requests must be endorsed by the unit commander and forwarded to
AFPC/DPSOAR, at firstname.lastname@example.org NLT 22 Aug 12.
(5) Process NCORP actions in accordance with the Retraining PSD guide.
(6) Complete and forward the AF Form 964 via e-mail to AFPC/DPSOAR Retraining at
email@example.com within 7 duty days. Update MilPDS appropriately
(i.e., AAC “09” Reenlistment Eligibility (RE) Code “3E”etc.).
NOTE: Ensure local Career Assistance Advisor has signed AF Form 964 in section III.
(7) Immediately notify AFPC/DPTOT of any conditions rendering an Airman ineligible for an approved
c. Education & Training/Formal Training
Ensure all appropriate actions are taken to prevent a retraining class no-show. Retraining class no-shows
could result in loss of eligibility and Airmen may be coded as having declined retraining and will separate
upon DOS. In addition, the wing/unit may be required to reimburse HQ AETC the cost of the lost retraining
class seat, as directed by Air Staff.
d. Personnel Support for Contingency Operations (PERSCO)
Assist Airmen with completing their voluntary retraining requirements should Airmen wish to apply from the
deployed location. The on-line application and the Total Force Service Center - San Antonio are available
24/7 for assistance.
e. AFPC/DPSOAR (Retraining Policy)
(1) Create and manage updates/changes to the MVL.
(2) Coordinate with Air Staff on requests to remove eligible Airman from the MVL and process as directed.
f. AFPC/DPTOT (Total Force Service Center-Retraining)
(1) Process retraining applications in accordance with Retraining Standard Operating Procedures.
(2) Obtain AFPC/DPAA, DEROS Policy coordination on all applications involving 60-day DEROS curtailments or
extensions to meet projected class dates.
(3) Process assignment requests with AFPC/DPAA on approved retraining applications when course length is
20 weeks or more.
g. AFPC/DPAA, Airman Assignments Division
(1) Determine retrainee utilization. The first priority will be at the Airman’s current duty station. If manning
supports, AFPC/DPAA will approve the PCA action and send notification to the MPF via e-mail message. If
manning does not support the Airman remaining at current location, AFPC/DPAA will load the appropriate
(2) Work assignment actions within the 120 day retraining window from the class start date. This allows
assignment managers to project the most effective assignment.
(1) Notify the local MPS Career Development office if Airmen fail to maintain retraining eligibility, quality
control standards, or if pending quality factors exist (i.e., article 15 suspended punishments or control roster
action etc.) immediately.
(2) Ensure all Airmen selected for training depart duty location on time to meet class start date.
(3) Ensure FY13 NCORP Phase I and Phase II is a topic at unit Commander’s Call for the duration of FY13
NCORP Phase I and Phase II.
(4) Although Air Force-wide manning problems are not anticipated as a result of retraining actions, some
local manning shortages may be driven by NCORP losses. When necessary, commanders may request TDY/PCS
manning assistance through Airmen Assignments.
a. Ensure government records created/collected as a result of business processes prescribed within the FY13
NCORP Phase I/II implementation message are managed/maintained IAW AFMAN 33-363, Management of
Records and disposed of IAW the AF Records Disposition Schedule (RDS) located within the Air Force Records
Information Management System (AFRIMS) database.
b. Airmen will use their chain of command and direct all questions to their respective supporting MPS/Career
Development, Career Assistance Advisor or visit the Enlisted Retraining Home Page and select “contact us”
in the lower left hand corner. This message has been approved by AF/A1P.