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How to volunteer for an AEF deployment

Posted 3/23/2009   Updated 4/3/2009 Email story   Print story


3/23/2009 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The Individual Reservist community (Individual Mobilization Augmentees and Participating Individual Ready Reservists) is volunteering in increasing numbers and assuming a greater role in today's deployments. During fiscal year 2008 more than 700 IRs volunteered and deployed. 

As interest in deploying grows, the Readiness Management Group is working to streamlining the process to volunteer for an Air Expeditionary Force deployment. Deployment information is now posted on the RMG's new public website, which does not require a common access card. The website address is The 'Volunteer for Deployment' folder provides information to assist members volunteering for deployments. The information on the website also outlines proper approval and responsibilities for Program Managers and active duty commanders. 

The first step to deployment is for members to ensure they meet readiness requirements. Being ready first helps expedite the processing. The next step is to fill out a Statement of Understanding and the Air Force Form 49, Application for Military Personnel Appropriation Man-Day Tour. The forms and instructions are found on the RMG website, or the Base Individual Mobilization Augmentee Administrator can assist with completing both forms. 

Obtaining permission from the active duty commander and supervisor, and coordination with the Unit Deployment Manager, are the next steps. The UDM is responsible for identifying where the IR volunteer is needed most: assisting the IR's unit, backfilling for a deployment from the IR's unit, or filling another AEF requirement. 

"More than 98 percent of volunteers are matched to a requirement by their UDM's; however, if the UDM cannot find a requirement, the member can submit the volunteer package without a specific Unit Line Number to the Air Force Reserve Command Functional Area Manager to be matched for a requirement," said Senior Master Sgt. Dorothy Haines, RMG Logistics Plans superintendent. 

The AFRC FAM will work directly with the member to ensure the requirement details are clear and are agreed upon by the member. 

After a requirement is identified and agreed upon, the volunteering IR will send the SOU and Air Force Form 49 to the designated Program Manager. Once the PM validates the readiness level as outlined in the SOU part III, both the SOU and Form 49 are submitted as a package to Air Force Reserve Command AEF Cell. 

The AEF Center will validate if the requirement is still an open tasking. The member is contacted by AFRC AEF cell if there are any changes. Once approved, the member will receive an electronic notification with a Command Manday Allocation System message. The member uses this information to input a Military Personnel Appropriation request into the Air Force Reserve Orders Writing System. The member then coordinates with the RMG Detachment Order Specialist to obtain an Air Force Form 938, Request and Authorization for Active Duty Training/Active Tour. 

Once the manday order (a Form 938) is published, the RMG Operations Division will cut the Contingency, Exercise and Deployment orders. The CED order is sent to the member's Program Manager, then a copy is forwarded to the member by mail or e-mail.
Members must work directly with the UDM to ensure all necessary deployment training, equipment and briefings are obtained before out-processing their units of assignment. Deploying members are required to out-process through their unit of assignment's Personnel Readiness Unit. It is the UDM's or PRU's responsibility to work with the unit's Traffic Management Office to obtain the member's travel itinerary. Once the deployment is complete, the member will return to the active duty unit's PRU to in-process, turn in gear and complete all items on the in-processing checklist.
These are the current procedures. If a change occurs, the RMG website will be updated with the new information. Stay connected by visiting the RMG website:

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