From the Top: New web resource provides information to help you plan, manage your career

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Citizen Airman/Apr 2012 --
An open letter to all Air Force Reserve members:
During the course of your career, personal and professional circumstances may change. This is particularly true within the Air Force Reserve, as you seek to strike a delicate balance between commitments and responsibilities to your families, civilian employers and military service.

In this dynamic environment, a "one-size-fits-all" approach to managing the force typically does not work. You may need choices to help navigate the many challenges you face while pursuing your goals. Historically, one of the Air Force Reserve's greatest strengths is its ability to provide the career flexibility necessary to accommodate family or employer concerns.

Maximum career flexibility is achieved by implementing policies that facilitate movement between the various statuses: air reserve technician, active Guard and Reserve, active duty, civilian, traditional Reservist, individual mobilization augmentee and participating Individual Ready Reservist. Each has its own advantages and benefits that may offer the best opportunity to serve, while balancing other professional and personal obligations.

To provide the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family, we have launched a new page on the Air Force Personnel Services website. Called Continuum of Service, this page is designed to be a one-stop shop for information on benefits and assignments for all reserve categories. It brings together career planning information that was previously located on several different websites.

This month's issue of Citizen Airman includes a story ("Continuum of Service web page helps AFRC employees stay informed as they transition through their career") that explains a lot more about the Continuum of Service site and its importance to your career planning and management. I encourage you to take a few minutes to visit this site and review all of the great information that is available. I believe it will be a tremendous help whether you are looking for a change of pace in your career now or possibly later on down the road.