(a)Each retired member of the Air Force covered by subsection (b) who is retired with less than 30 years of active service is entitled, when his active service plus his service on the retired list totals 30 years, to be advanced on the retired list to the highest grade in which he served on active duty satisfactorily (or, in the case of a member of the National Guard, in which he served on full-time duty satisfactorily), as determined by the Secretary of the Air Force.
(b)This section applies to—
(1)warrant officers of the Air Force;
(2)enlisted members of the Regular Air Force; and
(3)reserve enlisted members of the Air Force who, at the time of retirement, are serving on active duty (or, in the case of members of the National Guard, on full-time duty).
10:594 (1st proviso, less last 39 words; and last proviso).
10:1004 (less 30 words before proviso).
Aug. 21, 1941, ch. 384, § 5 (1st proviso, less last 39 words; and last proviso); restated June 29, 1948, ch. 708, § 203 (c) (1st proviso, less last 39 words; and last proviso), 62 Stat. 1085; May 29, 1954, ch. 249, § 19(f), 68 Stat. 167.
June 29, 1948, ch. 708, § 203(e) (less 30 words before proviso), 62 Stat. 1086.
The words “when his active service plus his service on the retired list totals 30 years” are substituted for the words “upon the completion of thirty years’ [years of] service, to include the sum of his active service and his service on the retired list”, in 10:594 and 1004. The words “under any provision of law”, in 10:594 and 1004; “officer, flight officer, or warrant officer”, in 10:594; and “commissioned, warrant, or enlisted”, in 10:1004; are omitted as surplusage. 10:594 (last proviso) and 1004 (proviso) are omitted as superseded by section
1372 of this title.
Source (U.S. Code)
Source (Statutes at Large)
May 31, 1956, ch. 348, § 1, 70 Stat. 222.
1987—Pub. L. 100–180substituted “warrant officers and enlisted members” for “Air Force warrant officers; regular enlisted members” in section catchline, and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “Each warrant officer of the Air Force, and each enlisted member of the Regular Air Force, who is retired before or after this title is enacted is entitled, when his active service plus his service on the retired list totals 30 years, to be advanced on the retired list to the grade that is equal to the highest grade in which he served on active duty satisfactorily, as determined by the Secretary of the Air Force.”
1984—Pub. L. 98–525substituted “highest grade” for “highest temporary grade”.
1958—Pub. L. 85–861struck out “after September 8, 1940 and before July 1, 1946” after “Secretary of the Air Force”.
Effective Date of 1987 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 100–180applicable to any reserve enlisted member who completes 30 years of service in Armed Forces before, on, or after Dec. 4, 1987, and no person to be paid retired pay at higher rate by reason of enactment of Pub. L. 100–180for any period before Dec. 4, 1987, see section 512(f) ofPub. L. 100–180, set out as a note under section
3964 of this title.
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