I'm returning after getting my CTO along with two others at my facility I had a three to four month wait and I'm going in December and they arn't going till march so that sounds about right. Not a freeze just a backlog it's the faa they move slow even for those of us that are already hired.
I got checked out through local at my facility and tried to get an RTF date as soon as possible....March 2 was the soonest. They told me that if I was willing to go on a moments notice that I could get a sooner one.
RTF Classes are continuing as scheduled, last I heard. The freeze is happening with ITR Classes, which is for the TRACON Only folks. Our instructor for ITR right now said that the next class isn't until 3/31, which means that the RTF classes will be for the CTO/Tower folks returning to OKC (up/downs etc.).
Makes sense, based on what some of you have said above, regarding difficulty getting an RTF date from your Tower facility.