AIR FORCE - AFI 36-3209
SEPARATION AND RETIREMENT PROCEDURES FOR AIR NATIONAL GUARD AND AIR FORCE RESERVE MEMBERS
|Publication Date:||14 April 2005|
Applicability and Scope.
This instruction applies to all officer and enlisted members not serving on EAD or active duty with the Regular Air Force. Chapter 5 applies to the Retired Reserve not receiving retired pay. It does not apply to personnel who receive a military retirement under Title 10 U.S.C., Section 12731, 8911, 8914, or members entitled by law to disability retired pay based on military status. Recalled retired members (who are not receiving pay) are subject to this instruction if they are removed from retired status and returned to an active status.
Former Members. Previous policy allowed Air Force Reserve members who chose discharge instead of transfer to the Retired Reserve to be reappointed or reenlisted for the purpose of transfer to the Retired Reserve anytime prior to age 60. These members became eligible for partial use of some benefits prior to age 60, and upon attainment of age 60, they were eligible for full benefits whether they were reaffiliated or not. This criterion has changed. Members who are discharged today, instead of retired, will not be allowed to reaffiliate and will only be entitled to retired pay and medical care at age 60. These former members and their eligible family members will be issued the DD Form 1173, Uniform Service Identification and Privilege Card, on the member's 60th birthday. All members who are eligible for transfer to the Retired Reserve and choose discharge must be formally counseled concerning this policy and its effects on their benefits.