Thursday, November 3, 2011

Air Force Pulls the Ejection Handle on more than 400 Officers

Looks like some of the Air Force's officers will be looking for new jobs next year.

Right sizing, down sizing, need to reduce overhead.....terms that only applied to the private sector but now are part of the "battle" being played out by our government & military leaders.

Hope they get a better landing than the average worker has gotten over the last few years. It is a rough time to be without work and many of our Veterans are finding that out. Unemployment is higher among Veterans than other groups of people seeking work.

It seems we have plenty of money to take care of businesses that were " too big to fail" but not enough to take care of those who defend our country. Anyone else see something wrong with this picture??

Air Force Pink Slips More Than 400 Officers
November 02, 2011 -

The Air Force is laying off 436 captains and majors as part of a multiyear program to adjust its staffing levels after its retention rate hit its highest level in 16 years.

Although the cuts are aimed at meeting congressionally mandated targets, they are not related to the $450 billion that the Pentagon will slash from its budget over the next decade, officials told

The Air Force must limit its workforce to 332,800 officers and enlisted airmen by the end of this fiscal year, or Sept. 30, 2012. As of October, the workforce numbered 329,000 people. But the reductions are based on projections made at the beginning of the fiscal year and monthly numbers wildly fluctuate, officials told

The layoffs were made by the Reduction-in-Force Board, which reviewed the records of 8,832 officers.

“The objective of the board was to retain the best-qualified officers according to the ‘whole-person’ concept used in promotion boards,” the Air Force said in a press release.

A spokeswoman for the Air Force told that the Air Force is now on pace to meet its workforce target by the end of the fiscal year and no more layoffs will be necessary, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Air Force officials attribute its high retention rate to a sluggish economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down and the stability and benefits of working in the military.

The 436 officers getting the pink slip – 367 captains and 69 majors – will receive full separation pay and six months of medical benefits after they leave in March 2012. The Air Force says it will offer those officers support through family readiness centers and veterans’ benefits seminars.

The announcement comes as the Pentagon braces for $450 billion in cuts over the next 10 years that were part of the deficit-reduction deal President Obama struck with Congress in August. Panetta has said that the $450 billion in cuts won’t threaten national security, but he warned U.S. lawmakers last month that any more than that would.

The deficit-reduction deal struck over the summer led to the formation of a so-called congressional Super Committee to find $1.2 trillion in savings over the next decade. If the 12-member panel fails to reach a deal by Thanksgiving or Congress rejects it, $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts will be triggered across the board, with half hitting defense.

Air Force officials told that it’s not clear how those cuts will affect the Air Force because they have await the president’s annual budget

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