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Palace Chase, Palace Front program give Airmen options

Posted 7/12/2012   Updated 7/12/2012 Email story   Print story


by Master Sgt. Sylvia Kirchner
Air National Guard Bureau

7/12/2012 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The new U.S. Air National Guard in-service recruiter, Master Sgt. Sylvia Kirchner, is available to assist active-duty Air Force members from Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Holloman AFB, and Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., in applying for the Palace Chase and Palace Front programs.

ANG in-service recruiters ensure Airmen have a smooth transition from active duty to an ANG unit anywhere in the U.S. (contiguous states only).

Palace Chase
Anyone desiring to leave active duty early, Palace Chase may be the program for them. This program is primarily driven by the Air Force's manning in an Airman's current Air Force Specialty Code. When approved for Palace Chase, an Airman will join the Air National Guard for double the time left on their active-duty service commitment.

Approval is based on several different factors, such as:
· The Airman can't be on a control roster
· Must have a fitness test score of 75 percent or higher and cannot be on a physical profile
· First-term Airmen must complete 50 percent of their initial active-duty enlistment or two-thirds of their initial Active-Duty Service Commitment before transitioning into the ANG
· Member can start applying for Palace Chase three-to-six months prior to their enlistment halfway mark

Palace Front
Palace Front will allow Airmen to make a smooth transition into the ANG with no break in service, and have a traditional part-time position secured with an ANG unit of their choice before separating from active duty. All records and documents are automatically transferred to the gaining ANG unit. Airmen can start applying for Palace Front six months prior to their date of separation. Palace Front members may also qualify for a $15,000 enlistment bonus.

Both Palace Chase and Palace Front programs allow Airmen to cross-train to their desired Air Force Specialty Code - based on the members' qualifications. The basic commitment with the ANG is one weekend per month and 15 additional days of annual training per year.

For more information, contact Master Sgt. Sylvia Kirchner at 505-846-4684 (DSN 246-4684) or by email at sylvia.kirchner@kirtland.af.mil. To locate an ANG unit, view benefits and available AFSCs, visit www.goang.com.

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