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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on December 13th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Air Force Announces Up To 25,000 Airmen Could Be Involuntarily Separated

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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  • Pops
    10:50 pm on December 13th, 2013 1

    That’ll pay for the F-35 – Not!!

  • Liz
    5:33 am on December 14th, 2013 2

    I remember when the cut 40,000 to pay for the F22.
    They saved nothing, ultimately. They found they couldn’t do the job without them, so instead of keeping trained people who knew how to do their jobs they had to retrain new people. But there’s only so much blood to be squeezed from a turnip.
    Right now the guys who are deploying from this base in a couple of months are in “spin up” which means they should be training as much as possible to be ready. They are “trying” to fly three times a week. That’s pushing it. Used to be three times per week was considered basically a bare minimum of training time. My husband, who isn’t going to deploy anywhere and gives his hours to them, has flown once in six weeks.

  • tbonetylr
    5:54 am on December 14th, 2013 3

    “if we do not receive any budget relief.”


    Fixed: “if we do not continue to receive an excessive budget like we have for umpteen years.”

  • tbonetylr
    6:00 am on December 14th, 2013 4

    Republicans were on board with the sequestration, live with it :shock: .

  • tbonetylr
    6:01 am on December 14th, 2013 5

    You still got it better than anyone/military in the rest of the world so stop whining. ;-)

  • Liz
    6:11 am on December 14th, 2013 6

    Maybe we should just cut defense personel and training entirely, and just use nukes.

  • Liz
    6:15 am on December 14th, 2013 7

    It would be far cheaper, and we’d still have a “defense” if needed.
    Last resort would have to be first resort but if we eliminated the military we could almost balance the budget!

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    7:32 am on December 14th, 2013 8

    7. An even better solution.

  • ChickenHead
    7:41 am on December 14th, 2013 9

    An even BETTER solution.

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    8:10 am on December 14th, 2013 10

    9. “Three things only do slaves require: work, food, and their religion.” Heinlein was brilliant.

  • Glans
    10:13 am on December 14th, 2013 11

    The best solution:

  • Ole Tanker
    11:23 am on December 14th, 2013 12

    I found a clip of the ceremony for thses guys and gals.

  • Denny
    12:16 pm on December 14th, 2013 13

    Shouldn’t have squandered $4 trillion in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • ChickenHead
    12:39 pm on December 14th, 2013 14

    “Shouldn’t have squandered $4 trillion in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

    I don’t like your attitude, Denny. It wasn’t squandered.

    We now have a really well equipped and militarized police force.

  • Liz
    2:12 pm on December 14th, 2013 15

    Perhaps there’s a lot of cool stuff we don’t know about in area 51.
    We might have a real, live Incredible Hulk. Or cyborgs. Or yoda Or a whole lot of 5,000 dollar hammers.

  • ChipperB
    7:33 am on December 15th, 2013 16

    LOL about the hammers. ;-)

  • ChickenHead
    7:55 am on December 15th, 2013 17

    Another possibility is they have a warehouse full of $680 Yodas.

    …and they could all be holding hammers.

  • Liz
    10:18 am on December 15th, 2013 18

    The Air Force, weary of watching the Army get all the press in the Global War on Terror, initiated a program to regain the spotlight with the development of Yoda.

    Senior Air Force officials envisioned a ceremony in the Rose Garden where the president would address the public with Yoda on his shoulder, offering pithy statements of prophetic wisdom, accompanying him on diplomatic missions, and of course, kicking *ss as needed. The band would play the last note of the Air Force song, followed by a dramatic military fly by. Lockheed Martin won the contract, and insisted it could produce an operational Yoda system to exceed all expectations, within a five year timeframe for just under 100 million dollars.

    But, technical difficulties took their toll on the program. Lockheed Martin executives maintained that the concept of the Yoda system was sound, but they should not be expected to develop all the technology on their own, and no one could have foreseen the vicissitudes such a project would entail. The program slipped a year and the cost climbed to $10 billion, which the Air Force was quick to point out was “cheap compared to what the Army is doing” and besides, “Nothing short of an Intergalactic army of clones working with a Sith Emperor can beat Yoda!”

    FIve years later, Lockheed and Boeing quietly developed their competing Yoda systems. The assumption was that Yoda would come to life sometime in fiscal 2012. Budget battles intensified as the services unveiled proposals for their own Navy, Marine, and Army Yodas, each claiming the better Yoda to kick *ss in a pinch. Cost plus contracts were awarded as Lockheed threw in titanium hammers as a deal sweetner, to be released en masse as a demonstration of Yoda’s formidable reflexes to enemies foreign and domestic. A campaign ensued to increase Yoda’s popularity by bridging a deal between Disney and George Lucas. 100 million miniature yodas were manufactured for mass distribution upon the unveiling of the super secret Yoda to the public.

    Funding for Yoda was finally cut at 1 trillion after compensation was paid for shutting down production. An investigation into the apparent failure of the “Yoda system” revealed that the system required special alien blood not yet in existence. Officials downplayed the failure and highlighted the successful technology development and all the jobs that were created as the result of the trillion dollar effort.

  • ChickenHead
    11:01 am on December 15th, 2013 19

    Half of the unused Yodas are slowly deteriorating in open storage yards in a desert swarming with sandpeople and the other half have been transfered to local police departments for use in serving no-knock warrents to find the droids they are looking for.


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