The Career Intermission Program (CIP) offers Airmen the opportunity for a one-time temporary transition from active duty to the Individual Ready Reserve. The participation period is a minimum of one year, not to exceed three years, and provides a mechanism for seamless return to pre-CIP active-duty status. The program is open to regular Air Force and career-status Active Guard and Reserve Airmen who meet the eligibility requirements. The application window for Cycle A is open each year from April 1 to May 13. Cycle B opens Aug. 1 to Sept. 12 and Cycle C runs from Dec. 1 to Jan. 12. For more information, visit the Career Intermission Program webpage.