The Career Job Reservation Process (AFI 36-2606)
The Career Job Reservation Process is probably the single most important (and misunderstood) program that applies to first-term airmen. The key point you must remember, and must stress to the ratee, is that getting a CJR does NOT mean you must reenlist! Many airmen are unsure of their career intent, and through misinformation are told that once they apply for a CJR they have to reenlist. Think of a CJR as a reenlistment “option.” If the CJR is approved, you have the option of reenlisting. However, without an approved CJR, an airman MUST separate. Plain and simple.
The CJR process:
Four-year enlistees may request a CJR in their current AFSC no earlier than the first day of the month during which they complete 35 months on their current enlistment, and no later than the last duty day of the month during which they complete 43 months of service.
Six-year enlistees may request a CJR in their current AFSC no earlier than the first day of the month during which they complete 59 months on their current enlistment, and no later than the last duty day of the month during which they complete 67 months of service.
If approved, the member must reenlist before the CJR expiration date, which is their Date of Separation (plus one day). If an airman voluntarily extends their enlistment, their CJR suspense date is automatically extended.
If there are more applicants than there are CJR quotas (the Air Force goal for retaining first-term airmen is 55% of the eligible population), then members are placed on a CJR waiting list. CAUTION: Most airmen do not receive a CJR if they are placed on the waiting list. Airmen are “racked and stacked” on the waiting list based on the following criteria:
Last three EPR ratings
Whether or not they have a UIF
Date of rank
In cases like this, supervisors should encourage airmen to explore retraining opportunities if they wish to remain in the Air Force. Airmen remain on the CJR waiting list until they are within five months of their Date of Separation.