12 Feb '18, 6pm

Air Force budget would add 4,700 airmen, boost combat squadrons

Air Force budget would add 4,700 airmen, boost combat squadrons

The Air Force hopes to add 4,700 total force airmen in fiscal 2019, which would bring the service’s overall end strength to about 506,200. According to budget documents released Monday , the Air Force wants to grow its active duty end strength from about 325,100 to 329,100, an increase of 4,000 airmen. It would also grow the Air National Guard from 106,600 to 107,100, and the Air Force Reserve from 69,800 to 70,000. This would bring the Air Force nearly back to where it was in fiscal 2013, when it had a total force end strength of 507,315, including 330,694 active duty airmen. The following year, a severe drawdown cut the end strength down to 492,496, including 316,332 active duty airmen. The increase would help the Air Force close shortfalls in its remotely piloted aircraft, cyber, and intelligence career fields, the Air Force said, and work to correct the shortfall in pi...

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