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Title: AEF Cycle, continued

Action: Screen begins with a graphic representing the 15-month rotational cycle of an AEF. The first 10 months are highlighted on the graphic and are used for reconstituting equipment, normal proficiency training, and family quality time. The first bullet point is showing:

Voice: The rotational structure provides roughly 10 months of normal duty. This time allows units to reconstitute equipment and to accomplish required training. This normal duty time also allows units to conduct the day-to-day business of gaining and maintaining proficiency and combat readiness. In addition, the normal duty time provides Air Force members an opportunity to spend quality time with their families.

Action: The next 2 months are highlighted and are used for area of responsibility orientation and theater threat/rules of engagement training. The second bullet point is shown.

Voice: Roughly two months prior to deployment eligibility, AEFs enter a preparation period. During this time, units are notified of where and when they will possibly deploy and when final deployment and beddown planning will be accomplished. Units also receive area of responsibility orientation, theater intelligence and threat briefings, and rules of engagement training.

Action: The next 90 days are highlighted and are used for forward-deployment or staying on-call. The third bullet point is shown.

Voice: Once units enter the deployment eligibility period, they either deploy forward or remain at home in an on-call status for 90 days.

Action: The next two weeks, which are really the beginning of the next 15-month cycle, are highlighted and are used for recovery, based on deployment length and current policy. The fourth bullet point is shown.

Voice: After each deployment eligibility period, units that deployed will receive up to two weeks of recovery time. The recovery period is based on the length of time deployed and existing policies. The two-week recovery period marks the beginning of the 10-month training and exercise period.

Action: The 90 days changes to 135 to 179 days and is highlighted. The fifth bullet point is shown.

Voice: Note that under extenuating circumstances, such as the Global War on Terrorism, which initially occurred in AEF Cycles 2 and 3, the AEF tour length can be extended from 90 up to 135 or even 179 days.

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