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USAF Issues Stop-Loss Derective

Citing the new homeland defense initiative and the
requirements of fighting a new kind of war, Gen.
John Jumper said he believes now is not the time
for airmen to leave the service.
10/30/01 - WASHINGTON -- Following a review of
the current situation and major command inputs,
the Air Force chief of staff determined that airmen
in all Air Force Specialty Codes would be affected
by Stop-Loss through January.

Citing the new
homeland defense
initiative and the
requirements of fighting a new kind of war, Gen.
John Jumper said he believes now is not the time
for airmen to leave the service.

It was announced Sept. 22 that Stop-Loss would
be effective immediately for the active-duty and
Reserve components in order to preserve combat
capability. Stop-Loss is a personnel program that
prevents separations and retirements by
involuntarily extending duty-service commitments.
"Requirements for both Operation Enduring
Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle are evolving
daily, which makes it difficult to release people
from the Air Force," wrote Jumper in a message
to servicemembers.

Because homeland defense is a mission that has
never before been implemented, personnel officials
are working to establish required manning figures.

"The bottom line is that we are in the early stages
of developing the wartime requirements, thus to
release any career fields from Stop-Loss at this
time would be ill-advised," Jumper wrote.

Separations and retirements from all AFSCs,
initially frozen for 30 days, are now affected for at
least an additional 90 days. There have been
rumors suggesting April 30 or May 1 as
Stop-Loss end-dates. This is premature,
according to the chief of staff.

"We'll take another look in January," he wrote.
"Hopefully (by then), requirements will be better
defined so we may be able to release some
career fields from Stop-Loss.

"This is a fight we did not ask for, but one we
accept in defense of freedom-loving people
everywhere. We have fought and defeated the
forces of evil many times throughout our
existence. With your help, we will do so again,"
Jumper wrote.

Contact military personnel flights for more
information on Stop-Loss.
 
 

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