(This was sent to all IMAs and PIRRs 4 May 2020. If you did not receive it in your personal email, please log in to the vMPF and make sure you have a good personal email in that system.)
RIO Buzz Vol. 7
Happy May, IRs around the world! Spring is in full bloom for most of us, and every day is a day closer to returning to normal. It might be a new normal, but normal, nonetheless. Hang in there! Now, the buzz …
CY2020B RSSB IS OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS NOW
The CY20B Air Force Reserve School Selection Board (RSSB) will convene 24-28 August 2020 at the Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The Invitation to Apply is now available here: https://www.arpc.afrc.af.mil/Portals/4/Documents/Force%20Development/CY20B%20RSSB%20Invitation%20to%20Apply.pdf?ver=2020-04-30-160004-813.
Applications are due to ARPC no later than Friday, 13 July 1630 MT; however, applicants are urged to check with their units for local deadlines. If your Fitness Assessment expired and you could not retest due to COVID-19, please submit your most current fitness report.
For more information, call the Total Force Service Center at 1-800-525-0102. Questions specific to the RSSB process can also be directly addressed by emailing: email@example.com.
REENLISTMENTS CAN BE DONE VIRTUALLY
Are you due to reenlist soon? Worried that social distancing could make that difficult? Fear not! HQ RIO and its detachments have facilitated a few virtual reenlistments in the last few weeks; it can be done. If you need to reenlist, contact your detachment. The staff there can help you set it up and get it taken care of.
ANNUAL TOUR ORDERS REQUESTS NEED TO BE IN AROWS-R NLT 31 MAY
Each year you’re asked to put your annual tour request into AROWS-R before June and this year is no different. We are well aware that there are unknowns regarding travel restrictions, but do your best to come up with an AT plan and get it loaded in the system as soon as possible. If circumstances change, you can always modify your request. You can also work with your owning organization to schedule AT via telework. Your orders will reflect the fact that you are telecommuting.
ALSO … we are seeing many AROWS-R requests being submitted at the last minute. Keep in mind that even if you are submitting for telecommuting orders, you still need to allow at least two weeks for those orders to process and the money to be budgeted. Requests submitted without that buffer could be denied.
That’s the buzz for now. Thanks for ALL you do!
Col Amy Boehle, HQ RIO Commander