Monday, January 08, 2007
Good Morning Sir... You're Fired!
This is always nice to see when you walk into work.
Air Force cutting 3,200 mid-level officers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- "As the U.S. Army and Marine Corps seek dramatic increases in manpower, the Air Force is planning to fire about 1,800 mid-level officers this year.
The reduction in force, part of a total cut of 60,000 between 2004 and 2009, is meant to free up funds to buy more advanced aircraft.
"Personnel costs have risen 51 percent over the past 10 years," said Air Force spokesman Maj. David Small. "Reducing our force and asking for that savings to be diverted to our acquisition programs is how we are saving the money to spend on a modernized and recapitalized fleet."
About 1,800 officers with between six and 12 years of service under their belts have already taken cash incentives to leave the service early. The Air Force needs to cut another 1,800 this year and will convene a board to decide who gets cut in June.
Additional reductions will be taken in 2008 and 2009."
So is it time for me to start sending out the resumes or what? I know why the AF is cutting folks, but that doesn't mean it's the best way to go about balancing the personnel budget.
The next Air Force commercial should consist of an unemployment line.
Update: Here's another article about even more Officer cuts. Sheesh! Next thing I'll see is an email with a pink slip.
posted by El Capitan at 9:19 AM
Well, like I said via email ... if you'd like the straight dope, so to speak, on Blue to Green, let me know. My better half has nothing to gain or loose by giving you the info, and you might be more comfortable talking to your local Army recruiter after already having info on hand. ;)3:36 PM
I am so glad that I am in year #19 - only 8 more months to go...good luck to you, hope you survive the next round of cuts.9:29 PM