The grade determination is the last step of the process. You will sign for everything (IPEB findings), and then the process gets held up while SAF does the grade determination. Once that’s complete, you get a letter outlining the outcome, and then orders are cut... The grade determination for me was relatively quick... Honestly the grade determination is a convoluted and pointless process. My pay will supposedly be based upon highest rank held; however ID and everything else said the lower rank.I still don't know the answer to my question above since I was told that there would not be a grade determination on my case and then surprise, there is one.
I signed my 356/ratings 31Aug. I waited for orders until 18Sep when I was told that my case was being held up since I was being put in for a grade determination. I wasn't too worried after reading this thread, but now it has been over a month and I haven't heard about the results.
Has anyone else had one fairly recently? I got impatient and called AFPC and was told they were waiting on EPRs but the PEBLO says it has been sent. I know we all enjoy the unknown, but is there any way to check on the issue? I have been dealing with this IDES process since summer 2015 (without any rebuttals on my end because I just want to be done) and I'm crushed knowing I had an end date, and now I am back to not knowing anything.
Yes. So once the grade determination comes back, your package immediately goes to AFPC Disability Branch, where a case manager is going to automatically determine when your separation and retirement date is. They're going to calculate your out date based upon an average of 20 days to outprocess, plus any unused leave you might have; they automatically assume that you want to use all of your leave as terminal leave. In my case (and this might not be the best option for someone who does not already have backup employment lined up) I told them that I did NOT want to take terminal leave, I was fine with selling everything out - "I want out NOW!" So my date went from being nearly 2 months out, to 1 month out. If you want out soon, I would make sure you let your PEBLO know that, so they can funnel that information up to AFPC Disability. In my case, they had already cut orders expecting me to use terminal leave, and it took them an additional week to re-cut orders with a quicker end date.I was hoping to just avoid the whole thing since it has no effect on the rest of my life. I'm still waiting to hear back. I was hoping mine would be quick like yours, but I haven't heard anything yet.
So another question for you since you may know, did you get to "choose" your final out timeframe again after you heard about the outcome of the grade determination? I filled mine out when I signed the 356 but that date has come and gone over 2 weeks ago and I do not want to stay here for 30 more days (I want to outprocess in as little time as they allow me to).
AFLady, my understanding is that the grade determination only really means something if you are eligible for regular retirement benefits AND disability retirement benefits (meaning you did your 20+ years AND have greater than 30% disability I think). I can't remember what the phrase for this is, since I was not eligible. In my case, the grade determination really isn't worth the paper that it was typed up on... Except it made the process longer. My disability pay was based on high 3 regardless, ID card still is the lower of the two ranks, everything says "TSgt" except the retirement order which says I was retired as a "MSgt."Is there any benefit to getting a grade determination? For example, I am up for promotion and the AF announced 100% promo if you don't have to compete (Officer) which I don't. Is there any benefit in my requesting a grade determination? Is there more pay?
How did you get notified that they were doing a grade determination?So I signed for my ratings and final out date time frame 31Aug...16Oct and still waiting on this (quite useless) grade determination. Does anyone know of a way to find out if they even received the paperwork they need to do this? I asked my PEBLO and she keeps giving me the 6-8 week line, but I am seeing about 2 weeks on this thread. =(