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The IMA Strategic Review Team was formed in March of 2021 to comprehensively study the Individual Mobilization Augmentee program. The team proposed structure concepts that would provide the proper level of support, systems, and improved processes to enable an IMA’s service, while eliminating or reducing obstacles that make it difficult for the active component to fully utilize the critical skills held by this workforce. They also provide recommendations to ensure the globally integrated IMA force aligns with the National Defense Strategy, Department of the Air Force and Air Force Reserve strategic priorities. The review is broken into three phases outlined in reverse order on the page below.

READ MORE -- April 13, 2021: Working group thoroughly studying IMA program

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Click HERE for a guide on Air Force IMA Opportunities.

IR Leadership Resources

Click HERE for a list of resources, managers, and advocates. 

IR Strategy Office (ISO pilot) creates IMA Ready Training Plan.

For the past year, foundational training across the force has been transitioning to a new model to prepare Airmen to develop and demonstrate the mindset required to support the AFFORGEN deployment model. The IR Strategy Office (ISO pilot) represented the IMA portfolio as key decisions were made about the timeline of training. In early October AF/A3T released FY24 Ready Airman Training Requirements to the force.  The guidance memorandum addresses IMA's unique structure stating, "To balance mission execution with annual participation requirements all IMAs will complete Category 1, Reduced Risk training requirements over a four-year AFFORGEN cycle."  HERE is a sample, four-year training plan developed by the ISO for guidance.

IMA Strategic Review Time & Labor Assessment

In October 2023, the IMA Strategic Review conducted an assessment of the time and effort spent by IMAs to complete routine tasks and training. Results can be found in the short video link below with more information in the attached PDF document here.

IMA Strategic Review Findings Video

The review is broken into three key phases

Graphic image showing the phases

Phase III – ACT

A kick-off meeting to begin Phase III was held Dec 15, 2021, followed by an in-person offsite Feb 16 and 17, 2022, in Alexandria, Va. These events brought together IMA Strategic Review Team members as well as stakeholders from HQ RIO, Air Force Reserve Command and Headquarters Air Force Reserve Personnel. As a result of the off-site, work now begins for newly formed Integrated Product Teams which will focus on further development of the structures and processes needed to fully realize the four recommendations proposed in Phase II.


Major Gen. Banavige recently wrote a commentary for Citizen Airman magazine about the work of the IMA Strategic Review and how its work is tied to the CSAF action orders.  Read that commentary HERE

READ MORE: Individual Reserve Initiatives Receive Pilot Program Approval


The second phase of the review focused on three new lines of effort: scope, structure, and resourcing. The team proposed structure concepts that provide the proper support, systems, and processes supporting an IMA’s service while eliminating or reducing obstacles that make it difficult for the active component to fully utilize the critical skills held by this niche workforce. On Nov 8, 2021, the Phase II team presented General Scobee with four recommendations. He modified two of the recommendations and approved the remaining recommendations, to include a transition to Phase III. His decisions were codified in a Record of Decision, signed on Jan 18, 2022. The recommendations presented are as follows:

1. Transition to Phase III (Approved)
2. Conduct a formal strategic assessment of the IMA Program (Approved)
3. Prototype the proposed structure (Modification: Begin prototyping the Bullpen structure and work with staff to bring finite detail to the proposal to eliminate shared ADCON)
4. Officially stand up the IMA Program Management Office (Modification: Work with staff to bring finite detail to the management and oversight of the IMA program)

Phase I - SENSE

This first step involved compiling a history of the IMA program as well as researching and assessing the guidance, readiness, and systems that directly relate to IMAs. Concurrently, HAF/REXS did a detailed study of the current state of the IMA program. This phase culminated in July 2021 with two reports that provided a total of 34 recommendations to Air Force Reserve Commander Lt. Gen. Richard Scobee. As an output of the Phase I report, General Scobee approved a transition into Phase II.

READ MORE – Sept. 30, 2021: IMA working group progressing in Phase II of comprehensive study