The Air Force is extending the high year of tenure for senior airmen through technical sergeants beginning Feb. 1, 2019. The tenure will be extended from eight to 10 years for senior airmen, from 15 to 20 years for staff sergeants and from 20 to 22 years for technical sergeants. Airmen in these ranks who reach their HYT prior to Feb. 1, 2019, or those who are currently approved for separation or retirement under the previous HYT limits, may submit a request to extend their HYT beginning Oct. 24 with certain exceptions. Senior airmen through technical sergeants with an HYT of Feb 1, 2019, and later, will automatically have their HYT in accordance with this policy.
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