MIL Blue to Green Program

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  1. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    by Jim Garamone
    American Forces Press Service

    11/8/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- As the Air Force and Navy continue to transform themselves, the two services are finding they do not need the number of people they once did, but a program called "Operation Blue to Green," gives an option for Airmen and Sailors chosen for separation the chance to transfer to the Army and remain on active duty.

    The two "blue" services are scrubbing their officer and enlisted ranks and eliminating jobs.

    The Air Force, for example, will draw down by 40,000 jobs in the next few years.

    "These are highly qualified and motivated people," said Army Lt. Col. Deborah Stewart, the chief of officer accessions policy at the directorate of manpower and personnel management at the Pentagon. "The Blue to Green program allows them to continue to serve."

    The program allows qualified Airmen and Sailors to transfer to the Army. This year, there is a $10,000 bonus for those accepted into the program.

    Enlisted personnel in grades E-1 to E-5 retain their ranks and time in grade when they transfer. Officers retain their rank and date of rank. All who transfer go through the Army's Warrior Transition Course -- a four-week course to show the Airmen and Sailors how the Army does things.

    If those who wish to transfer have specialty codes that translate to Army jobs, then they do not need to retrain, Stewart said. "(A military policeman) is an MP, whether Army or Air Force," she said.

    Other career fields that transfer easily are military intelligence, administration, supply and transportation.

    "The majority of the jobs that are open are in combat support, and combat service support specialties," she said.

    In fiscal 2006, 172 Airmen and Sailors transferred into the Army -- 152 from the Air Force and 52 from the Navy, according to officials at the Army Human Resources Command. The goal was 200. Air Force officials said the program has a pretty good jump start for fiscal 2007.

    "To date, we've have 69 enlisted (members) apply -- 25 approved, 44 pending," said Lt. Col. Jimmy Standridge, chief of the separations branch at the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. "On the officer side, we have 84 applications -- 63 approved and 21 still pending."

    The Army cannot say what the goal for fiscal 2007 is yet. That depends on Air Force "force-shaping" boards that will determine how many positions will be cut from the service's rolls. The officer board will be held in March, and while it is not expected to be as large as previous boards, it will still identify a number of people for separation. Colonel Standridge said those people will be offered the Blue to Green option.
     
  2. jmx2323

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    Yea I know of a guy show just got done with his 4 week training course coming from the AF, he says its not that bad, but he also is gonna be adjutant in the army.
     
  3. whitecouch

    whitecouch spendin' our golden years in OT Supporter

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    That gets me every time:bowrofl:
     
  4. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    The Warrior Transition Course is currently being run by the National Guard. :greddy:

    When it was run by an active duty Infantry Battalion at Fort Knox, it was no fucking joke. :wtc:
     
  5. GET GOT

    GET GOT Rectum Wrecker

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    Straight grunts I pray!!! :)
     
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    I minus well have joined the army...im going to be on an army post my whole career anyways :hs:
     
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    i thought about doing it and talked to alot of people about it already but the 152 + 52 /= 172 thing just made me change my mind :hsugh:
     
  8. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    The Blue to Green program, at least for the Air Force, is a guaranteed thing. It doesn't depend on your ETS date. You fill out the paperwork, turn it in, and your commander has to approve it. At least this is what I heard from a few former Air Force guys while I was going through WTC with them.
     
  9. Mint Berry Crunch

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    I'm looking into the green to blue program.
     
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    who has that? LOL
     
  11. BillyJackNCoke

    BillyJackNCoke I've got something to say, I raped your mother tod

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    so if I went Blue to Green my ETS would still be the same or what?
     
  12. Ranger-AO

    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I think you would have to have a certain # of years left before your ETS. If you don't have the required # of years left, you would have to re-enlist.

    Bear in mind that all of this information I am giving you is second hand. See a recruiter or career counselor for details.
     
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    Yeah, I saw about 20 of them at Fort Bragg in one day.
     
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    I would be all over the "Bonus for early seperation" deal.
     
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    The math here bothers me.
     
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    whitecouch spendin' our golden years in OT Supporter

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    I mentioned that before but I guess no one understood where I was coming from :dunno:
     
  18. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Army did the counting. I just posted what I had received, and I'm not going to correct their error due to insufficient data.
     

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