The USAF Must Shrink or Die...
September 1, 2007: The U.S. Air Force continues to downsize, aiming to cut their strength by 5,400 personnel in the next fiscal year (which begins in October). This downsizing has been going on since 2005. The air force and navy are downsizing in response to the impact of technology, outsourcing and automation, in a process similar to that faced by many civilian firms. Unlike previous years, when many troops were fired, most of the reduction in the next year will be from retirement and people not re-enlisting. There are now higher standards for re-enlisting, which improves the overall quality of the force. Only about 12 percent of the reductions next year will be involuntary, and all will be officers. There will still be a lot of enlisted personnel, in surplus jobs, who will be retrained. Each active duty airman costs the air force over $100,000 a year.
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