The Air Force is about to go through what the Army is going through now:
Thousands of airmen in both the officer and enlisted ranks could face involuntary separation starting next year as part of a series of force management programs, the Air Force announced Wednesday.
In addition, the Air Force said it will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions during the current fiscal year, though specific reductions by location have not yet been determined.
Air Force officials didn’t say how many airmen they plan to let go of next year. But over the next five years, the service needs to eliminate as many as 25,000 airmen slots, a reduction that’s being driven by the mandatory budget cuts known as sequestration, according to Air Force officials
“To be blunt, we are going to get smaller … smaller than we’ve ever been as an Air Force,” Air Force leaders said in a signed letter emailed to airmen Wednesday night. “Over the next few years, we have to reduce our force by approximately 25,000 Airmen and as many as 550 aircraft if we do not receive any budget relief.” [Stars & Stripes]
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