Tech. Sgt. Bruce Ramos, a 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 1 radio operator, raises an American flag from an MC-130P Combat Shadow while it taxis at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 15, 2015. The final two MC-130Ps in the Air Force landed for the last time at Hurlburt Field in front of more than 400 people, and will take their last flight to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., June 1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson/Released)
As of June 1, Airmen will no longer be able to use the Air Force’s Base of Preference Program. Air Force magazine reported that the service has decided to end the four-year-old initiative, which was intended to help airmen select bases where they wanted to serve.
Budgetary constraints and the low rate of airmen actually benefitting from the program were cited as reasons for its cessation.
When the preference program was created, it was available to airmen in certain specialty codes. In time, it was extended to all airmen. Nevertheless, as Air Force magazine reported, fewer than 30 percent of all applicants ended up being transferred to their preferred locations. Bases such as Hurlburt Field, Eglin and MacDill in Florida, for example, got many more requests than there were available slots.