26 Feb '14, 10pm

Secretary expects personnel cuts to be less severe than previously estimated: The Defense Department... #airforce

The Defense Department’s 2015 budget request, to be unveiled next week, will propose cutting fewer than the previously estimated 25,000 airmen over five years, and the majority of those cuts will come from the active duty, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Wednesday. Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told lawmakers in September that the service would likely have to cut 25,000 airmen, about 5 percent of the force, over the next five years because of budget restrictions. But budget relief this year and further deliberation means that the number of airmen facing the ax “won’t be quite as high,” James said at a Bloomberg News event in Washington, D.C. Most of those cuts will fall on the active duty, with the service looking to rely more on the National Guard and Reserve. The Air Force looks to make the numbers by “shaping the force,” and getting airmen to retrain from ar...

Full article: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20140226/NEWS/302260031

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