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Opportunities are available for qualified officers to fill nearly 100 projected Air Force ROTC detachment instructor vacancies throughout the nation next summer, Air Force officials recently announced.

Opportunities are available for qualified officers to fill nearly 100 projected Air Force ROTC detachment instructor vacancies throughout the nation next summer, Air Force officials recently announced.

Courtesy photo from United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps website.

Courtesy photo from United States Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps website.

Senior Airman Nicholas Byars and Airman 1st Class Robert McClung, both aircrew flight equipment specialists with the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, inspect and adjust components on helmets and oxygen masks at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece)

Senior Airman Nicholas Byars and Airman 1st Class Robert McClung, both aircrew flight equipment specialists with the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron, inspect and adjust components on helmets and oxygen masks at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 3, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece)

U.S. Air Force Airman Derrick Coakley (left) and Senior Airman Sophia Ramallo perform maintenance on an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, on Dec. 27, 2009.  Coakley and Ramallo are assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron.  DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez, U.S. Air Force.  (Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman Derrick Coakley (left) and Senior Airman Sophia Ramallo perform maintenance on an A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, on Dec. 27, 2009. Coakley and Ramallo are assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

An MQ-9 Reaper pilot and sensor operator fly a training mission from a ground control station at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker)

An MQ-9 Reaper pilot and sensor operator fly a training mission from a ground control station at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- At the beginning of fiscal year 2016 the Air Force Personnel Center launched the Voluntary Limited Period of Active Duty program.

The program is offering some great opportunities for Air Force Reservists interested in returning to active duty.

Under VLPAD, opportunities to serve an active-duty tour for a period of three years and one day are being offered to Air Force Reserve members for certain Air Force specialties. During that time, selected Reservists will receive the same benefits as active component Airmen.

Right now the program has Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor openings for captains through lieutenant colonels at various locations such as Auburn University and Texas A&M University.

“I taught AFROTC twice, the first time was from 1996-1999 and the second time was 2000-2004,” said Col. Ellen Moore, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command manpower, personnel and services director. “I wanted to become an ROTC instructor because I wanted to give back and help shape our future leaders for the Air Force.”

Moore also mentioned how great it has been to see where her cadets are now and how they have progressed in their own Air Force careers.

In addition to AFROTC instructors, other officer opportunities will be available under VLPAD including AFROTC detachment commanders, Air Command and Staff College instructors, remotely piloted aircraft pilots, and T-6 instrument simulator instructors.

Opportunities will also be available for enlisted Airmen in a variety of career fields, including maintenance, aircrew operations and command control systems operations.

The VLPAD program and several other programs are being put in place to help bolster the Air Force’s end strength from 312,980 to 317,000.

“Being selected for any of these special duties or career fields is a significant achievement for any officer or enlisted Airman,” said Lt. Gen. James Jackson, AFRC commander. “Not only are these opportunities helping our Citizen Airmen but they are also allowing us to assist in some critical, yet undermanned career fields across our Air Force.”

Unit Reservists require a letter of recommendation from their Wing Commander. Individual Mobilization Augmentees and members of the Participating Individual Ready Reserve require a letter of recommendation from their Unit Commander (or equivalent) and Readiness and Integration Organization Detachment Commander.

For more on the VLPAD program, visit the myPERS web page –
(Officers) https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/30624/kw/vlpad/p/16,17 
(Enlisted) https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/30590/p/16,18/c/20