The Air Force policy for Majors who have been passed over for promotion to Lieutenant Colonel has been changing recently. In the past if you were passed over twice AFRC would allow you to continue serving as an O-4 until you hit 20 years and retired. In fact, active duty Majors who are passed over twice are allowed to continue service and retire. With budget reductions it appears that the Air Force is getting more strict on discharging twice passed over Majors.
AFRC Policy on Majors Non-Selected for Promotion to Lt Col
- If the officer has 20 years or more of service creditable towards retirement the officer will be transferred to the Retired Reserve on his or her mandatory separation date.
- Majors who are twice deferred, but have less than 18 years of creditable service for retirement will be discharged on their mandatory separation date.
- Officers, who have completed at least 18 years but less than 19 years of creditable service, will be retained in their current assignment until they complete 20 years of creditable service or 3 years after the mandatory separation date, whichever comes first under (Section 12646).
- Officers with more than 19, but less than 20 years of creditable service for retirement will be retained until they complete 20 years of service or 2 years after the mandatory separation date, whichever comes first under (Section 12646).