Career job reservation: why it’s important

by Senior Airman Aaron-Forrest Wainwright
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Career assistance advisers help commanders and first-line supervisors in counseling enlisted personnel on re-enlistment and retraining opportunities, educate Airmen about benefits and entitlements, and help commanders, supervisors and enlisted personnel on retention activities and programs.

These advisers are vital assets to the development of each individual Airman and the Air Force. One of the many things career assistance advisers assist with is career job reservations.

The CJR program was developed to control the number of first-term Airmen allowed to re-enlist in over-manned career fields.

Airmen cannot re-enlist into their career field without a CJR. Career assistance advisers equip Airmen with the knowledge and guidance that is essential to each individual’s career.

“There are 24 different CJR restrained career fields this year,” said Master Sgt. Jared Moran, 86th Force Support Squadron career assistance adviser. “If you are in a career field that is CJR restrained, you have to take action immediately and come speak with a career assistance adviser.”

Moran said a common misconception is that if an Airman gets an assignment when they are CJR restrained then they won’t be affected. Unfortunately, this is not true, and that Airman will still be separated if he doesn’t take action.
Airmen who are not selected for a CJR or for retraining may apply for retraining or a special duty if they are not within 120 days of their separation date.

“People think they can wait it out. That’s a bad idea. They have three options at this point: retrain, special duty or separate,” said Master Sgt. Etienne Tousignant, 86th Force Support Squadron career assistance adviser. “If you are CJR restrained, coming to speak with us has to be your No. 1 priority. If it isn’t, you will get separated.”