AF announces plan for congressionally-mandated cuts

WASHINGTON — There will be fewer Air National Guard cuts in coming months, and more cuts to the active-duty Air Force.

That’s the gist of the plan the Air Force announced this week to implement the requirements of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Bill, which was signed into law in early January.

In the 2013 budget request submitted to Congress last year, the Air Force said it wanted to slash end strength by 9,900 billets in fiscal 2013, which ends in September. That included 5,100 members of the Air National Guard, 3,900 from the active-duty ranks and 900 reserve airmen.

Congress objected to the plan, however, restoring some of the billets planned for elimination and shifting the balance of cuts to the active-duty Air Force. As required by the law, the new downsizing plan announced this week cuts 1,400 Air National Guard billets and 6,100 active-duty billets this year.

The plan also cuts 65 aircraft from the Air National Guard, 57 aircraft from the Air Force Reserve and 122 aircraft from the active-duty Air Force.



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