Air Force: Parents who serve may be stationed near their children
ARLINGTON, Va. — Parents who serve in the Air Force will now have the ability to defer an assignment or be stationed near their children.
The Department of the Air Force announced Wednesday that assignment authorities will consider requests from parents with a court-order child custody decree. This will allow parents the opportunity to be stationed near their children regardless of the co-parents being married or not.
“We recognize family dynamics don’t always look the same and there is not a one-size-fits-all solution to managing people’s careers and assignments,” said Lt. Gen. Brian T. Kelly, deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services. “We ask our people to move frequently and we know that can cause additional stress and sacrifices for their families. This change gives us the flexibility needed to better take care of them.”
Service members with children will still be required to fill valid manning requirements, performed the duties for which they are trained and meet all PCS eligibility requirements without waivers.
“This is one we’ve been working on for a while, and I’m glad we could get it across the finish line,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright. “You know, this Air Force life is a family business. As such, we owe it to our teammates to make sure they have every opportunity to keep their family together whenever possible.”
Those eligible to apply include service members who are named as a biological or adopted parent, and have a court-ordered child custody agreement.
When possible assignment matches will be made, they must meet the needs of the U.S. Department of the Air Force.
You can view the criteria for court-ordered child custody assignments and deferments below in the Air Force Guidance Memorandum.