That 1186 looks the same as the one that I just submitted today, but there is a new copy out there that was just updated in Feb of 2015. The only place it's found is in the PEBLO guide, but that's only released to PEBLOs and somewhat difficult to get.
I had the letter for my wing cc written and ready for signature before I got the results of the IPEB back and I had my own letter ready to go. You will only get 10 calendar days from when the IPEB results come back to either agree and submit LAS or request a formal board (after which you can still apply to LAS if you want). Anyway, it's not a ton of time to get a wing cc to sign something. I also talked to someone that also got his functional manager at AFPC to write a letter supporting the case that he was desperately needed in the career field and that an ALC would have no impact on him being useful to the Air Force. I tried to do this all in the wing cc letter, (and mine, but I know they don't really care what I think).
Since apparently there have only been like 2 cases of LAS this year in the AF, I'm not holding my breath, but we'll see. Who knows, if mine works, it might give you more precedent to work with when it's your turn!
Oh and neither PEBLO I've worked with had any idea about what to do with an LAS application, so I would suggest printing 36-3212, chap 6 and having it with you. And tell them the form you need to submit is in their PEBLO guide (but it's not labeled as a AF 1186, it's just page 75, 76 of the guide)
Good luck, and thanks for the info. I might have to do the same, and will have to see if I can borrow a copy of your letter. I'm on wing staff here, so the boss said he would write whatever necessary and I guess my group/cc already talked with the functional. Should be another fun part of the process
I was approved for LAS this past November (2016). According to the legal office at Randolph, it was the first in over 3 years. I am willing to answer any questions you may have on the process, but I'm probably the last person to talk to on it. I didn't get letters from my supervision at all. I wrote a letter explaining why I should be considered, and told my CC not to worry about it. I did talk to my AFSC Functional manager here on Lackland, and the AFSC functional manager on Randolph just to grease the wheels, but neither were ever consulted in the entire process. I don't know who they consult to determine manning and Air Force need, but it wasn't the folks managing my AFSC.
If the Legal Office was correct, I might be the one who was last approved before you, lastlaugh. I was approved for LAS in June of 2014 at 18.5yrs. I was RILO'd once, MEB'd again leading into my 20yr anniversary, and ultimately medically retired in 2016. I was flabbergasted at the time, that AFI 36-3212 was so outdated. It still hasn't been updated since 2009. According to my attorney at Randolph, at that time, the Form 1186 had been abandoned. Instead, I was left to fill out a Word doc riddled with grammatical errors and formatting inconsistencies. When my attorney handed me a copy, I looked at her and said, “My career hinges on this? A Word doc which looks like it was written by a 5th grader.”
I got recommendation letters from various people, ranging from peers and leaders within my AFSC, to former Sq CC’s and supervisors, to the two Wing CC’s my section supported. I also had a recommendation letter with supporting deployment data from my Career Field Manager.
LAS essentially served as a deferment on my first IPEB recommendation of permanent disability retirement. My second MEB played out essentially like the first, including another full eval at the VA. I was able to extend to get my DOS beyond my 20yr mark and was then subsequently asked by Randolph to extend for an additional 7 months to allow time for proper completion of the MEB process. It only took 4.