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Reserve officials approve 1,095 man-day waivers

8/6/2008 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFPN) -- More than 1,600 reservists have received or will receive a waiver to stay on active duty after Sept. 30.

Nearly four years ago, reservists through the rank of colonel received permission to serve up to 1,095 man-days of the previous 1,460 days in a rolling four-year calendar.

The program encourages reservists to volunteer and makes service more predictable for them, their families and their employers, according to Ed Turner, a technician in the readiness operations branch of the directorate of manpower and personnel at Air Force Reserve Command headquarters.

"A waiver is required for a member to go beyond 1,095 days in a rolling 1,460-day period," he said. "We have numerous volunteers and we want to encourage volunteerism."

Headquarters officials received more than 2,200 requests from reservists asking to stay beyond 1,095 man-days this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

The top three Air Force specialties requesting waivers are security forces, civil engineering and aerial port.

The 1,095 waiver program was enacted as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2005. The program will remain in effect until rescinded.

(Courtesy of Air Force Reserve Command News Service)

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