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By Kat Bailey, Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
/ Published September 12, 2016
The Air Force Voluntary Period of Active Duty program offers opportunities for certain Reserve and Guard officers to serve on active duty for three years and one day in a number of career fields. U.S Air Force Academy instructor is one of the openings on that list. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons)
The Air Force’s Voluntary Limited Period of Active Duty program, or VLPAD, has added a number of career fields for selected air reserve component line of the Air Force officers.
For three years and one day, Reserve and Air National Guard officers from certain Air Force specialties can fill vacant active duty positions for AFROTC; AFROTC detachment commanders; Officer Training School and Air Command and Staff College instructors; Mission Support Group deputy commanders; Air University faculty; cyber (17D) and Combat Rescue Officers. Opportunities also exist for remotely piloted aircraft MQ-1/9 pilots and 11X pilots.
During the 1,096-day tour, the selected officers will receive active duty benefits but will remain on the Reserve Active Status List and meet reserve promotion boards when eligible.
VLPAD is just one of several initiatives implemented to meet increased mission requirements.
Opportunities are also available for enlisted Airmen in a variety of career fields, including maintenance, aircrew operations and command control systems operations.
VLPAD information is available and continuously updated on myPers. Click “Officer/Enlisted Voluntary Limited Period of Active Duty Program” from any reserve component assignments landing page to find detailed eligibility criteria and application procedures for each specific VLPAD program.