Phoenix Controller 2000 Lt Col Fruth AFFSA/XA
Overview • History • Status • Benefits to the military and you • Hiring expectations and sources • Overall Comparison • Question?
History • FAA on the verge of loosing half their force due to upcoming retirements • A direct result of the Controller strike of the early 80s when half the force was replaced • At issue was the long standing FAA policy preventing new hires into ATC beyond age 31 • Military controllers were separating early so they could be hired by the FAA prior to 31 years of age • Causes turnover of experienced controllers among all services • Results in negative return on training investment
History • Mar 99: AF/CV directed XOO to find a way to get military air traffic controllers an opportunity to work for the FAA after retirement • Sep 99: FAA revised policy and began to work on “The Employment of Retirement Military Air Traffic Controllers Program”
History • Agreement negotiated between the FAA and the controller union, NATCA, to enter at the top of the ATC-3 pay scale • To make the program work, a supplement was added to the FAA’s Human Resource Manual • FAA Stood program up on 11 Feb 00 • Regional HR officials briefed • Data posted on web site
Benefits to the Military and You • Benefits to FAA • Retain expertise in the National workforce • Relieves FAA of significant testing, screening, and training burden • Puts proven AF performers in hard to staff facilities
Benefits to the Military and You • Benefits to the military • Reduces volume of personnel losses • Provides an optimal “no cost” career benefit • Results in positive return on investment for training • Retains experience level in the best ATC workforce today • Helps slow the continual retention and resulting manning challenges caused by controllers leaving the service prior to age 31 to seek FAA employment
Benefits to the Military and You • Benefits to you • ATC 3 Pay 50K+ to start in addition to your military retirement income • FAA Academy training not needed with direct hire to line controller at Terminal or en route facilities • Permanent appointments are available laterally in other FAA positions making a 2nd retirement with the FAA a possibility • Initial appointments of more than 1 year entitles you to participate in FAA Health Insurance, Life Insurance, and Retirement Programs
Benefits to the Military and You • Extends opportunity to pursue chosen career field without leaving military service early and giving up earned time toward retirement • Give you more lifetime earning potential than you would have had you left the service early
Benefits to the Military and You Earnings to Age 56 (12 yr. Military then FAA) Cumulative 12 yr. Military Pay $354,964 Cumulative 20 yr. Military Pay $768,852 FAA only Retirement Approx $60,000/yr.. FAA Retire FAA Pay $2,192,000 Years Source: SAF/FMBOP (Military Annual Std Composite Pay) NATCA ATC Target (FY01) Pay Chart
Benefits to the Military and You Earnings to Age 56 after serving full military career FAA Pay $1,095,900 Combined Militar/FAA Retirement Approx $80,000/yr.. FAA Retire Military Pay $768,852 Military Retirement Years Source: SAF/FMBOP (Military Annual Std Composite Pay) NATCA ATC Target (FY01) Pay Chart
Hiring Expectations FY 94 - 137 FY 99 - 265/350 FY 95 - 157 FY 00 - 265 FY 96 - 102 FY 01 - 265 FY 97 - 671 FY 02 - 565 FY 98 - 834 FY 03 - 600+ Note: FY 99 - 03 FAA projected hiring based on projected retirements (mandatory retirement age of 55) and normal attrition. Line controller and facility management levels capped at 15,000 (does not include personnel at HQ FAA).
Hiring Expectations • FAA Headquarters - DC • Regional Centers: • Renton, WA • Hawthorne, CA • Burlington, MA • Fort Worth, TX • Atlanta, GA • Anchorage, AK • Kansas City, MO FAA Website for retired Military Air Traffic Controllers http://www.tc.faa.gov/amjob/retiredmilitaryafcontrollerprog.htm
Comparison Overall Benefit of staying in the military through retirement Separates Before Age 31 • Lower entry pay grade • Missed opportunities in DoD service • Must pass screening process • Lower overall lifetime earnings/retirement benefits Retires from the military and transfers to FAA • Travel, education, other opportunities • Collect military retirement while working for the FAA • Increased overall lifetime earnings and retirement benefits
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