These changes involve adjusting manning percentages at both overseas and stateside bases.
At a base in the United States, for instance, manning for an AFSC (job) must now be less than 85% before the Air Force will send more Airmen there.
So if Base X has authorizations for 100 aircraft maintainers, it is okay for them to have only 85 maintainers assigned.
Should they fall lower than 85% manning, another maintainer could PCS in -- but not until then.
The DAWG will evaluate if member meets retention medical standards or if deployment limiting condition will resolve within 365 days.
If not, the DAWG must refer cases to AFPC/DPANM, AFRC/SGP or ANG/SGP. The individual continues to have a mobility limiting condition 1 year (cumulatively) after the defect became limiting and has not yet met an I/RILO/MEB or Fitness for Duty (FFD) 184.108.40.206.
This doesn't mean it’s not possible to move sooner if manning permits, however, it just means the Air Force won't pay for the move before two years.
If a suitable assignment is available prior to the 24 month period, and an Airman chooses to, he or she may pay their own way to move. Another set of changes to Air Force policy are more indirect, but they still affect PCS moves in the service.
In such cases, surgery may not be done until the expected results have been evaluated via I/RILO or MEB, and the member has been returned to duty. Individuals requiring exemption from one or more components of the fitness test for greater than one year do not require I/RILO or MEB unless the underlying condition or limitation does not meet retention or deployment standards. The individual’s travel by military air transportation is precluded for medical reasons. The individual has an assignment, TDY or deployment canceled due to a medical condition.
Present case to the DAWG within 10 calendar days IAW AFI 41-210.