The Air Force Reserve Key, Command, and Joint (KCJ) assignments program and includes assignments determined as Key by the respective functional community, Command if it’s an O-6 G-series position, and Joint if it’s coded as a JDAL by the Joint Staff. The KCJ program is intended to developp competitive senior AF leaders.
The Air Force Reserve has been successful with this program at the O-6 level for nearly three years since 2012. The Air Reserve Personnel Center (ARPC) will execute the program at the O-5 level. While it is known as KCJ Management, ARPC will only focus on Key and JDAL assignments for O-5 positions. Most O-5 command (G-series) opportunities will continue to be managed by Wing and NAF commanders. Note: Only three percent of all the O-5 positions are Key or JDAL positions.
ARPC will execute the O-5 KCJ assignments process similar to the O-6 KCJ assignments process. ARPC developed a Key and Joint Assignments webpage where we will list all assignment opportunities. Additionally, ARPC assignment facilitators will email all O-4s and O-5s with the primary AFSC associated with the position duty AFSC, regardless of HPO status. Hiring officials will continue to receive all applications and select the best qualified member. Decisions can be made based on several factors – HPO status, in-residence SDE or IDE students, sitting commanders, RCSB candidate, recommendation from Career Field Managers, etc.
To kick off the O-5 Key and Joint Assignment process, we are beta testing the first JDAL vacancy announcement via email and our new Assignments page at
Based on the results of the beta test, the process may be updated to ensure we are able to implement the most effective force development process for our command.
Visit the website for more information. If you cannot find an answer to your question, contact the Total Force Service Center at (210) 565-0102.