Only some 1,250 of more than 16,000 eligible airmen have applied to leave the Air Force early under force shaping. As the March 12 application deadline draws near, officials are encouraging all airmen to carefully look at options to retire or separate earlier than they might otherwise have been allowed. Under the plan, the exit doors were opened to many officers and enlisted airmen by waiving some active-duty service commitments and relaxing certain restrictions for transition to the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve. Some bonus payback requirements may also be waived, officials said. Additional information is available at
www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/retsep/shape.htm and from career assistance advisers and local military personnel flights. Members also may call the retirements and separations division at (210) 565-2148 or 3769, or DSN 665-2148 or 3769.