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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force on Monday released figures to let some officers with between six and 12 years’ experience in overmanned specialties determine their chances of being involuntarily cut from the service.

As part of its efforts to cut 40,000 personnel by fiscal 2009, the Air Force needs to trim about 700 officers from its ranks by January 2008, said Brig Gen. K.C. McClain, director of force management policy.

The officers in question were commissioned in 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2001, McClain said.

Those year groups are considered over end-strength. Other year groups may also be over end-strength, but not significantly so, according to the Air Force.

Those officers in the overmanned specialties that are eligible to be cut have until March 31 to leave voluntarily and receive extra separation pay or face a reduction-in-force board this June.

The Air Force released charts showing how many officers in the targeted year groups and specialties are eligible to be involuntarily separated and how many the Air Force needs to cut to give the officers an idea of how likely they will be involuntarily separated.

For example, the charts show 35 aircraft maintenance officers commissioned in 1995 are eligible to be cut. The Air Force needs to cut 10, meaning those officers have a roughly 29 percent chance of getting cut.

That’s close to the worst-case scenario; officers in many career fields at risk of being involuntarily separated have up to a 30 percent chance of being cut, McClain said.

The Air Force Web site,, details the criteria for which officers are eligible to be cut as well as the charts showing what chances those officers face of being involuntarily separated.

Also available on the Web site is a calculator that allows Air Force personnel eligible to be cut to find out how much pay they could receive if they leave voluntarily before March 31.

For example, captains with six-and-a-half years of experience could receive $75,000 if they take voluntarily separation pay, but they would receive only $36,000 if they are involuntarily separated, McClain said.

McClain said the Air Force hopes all of the officers eligible to be cut will voluntarily leave the service, but even if all of the roughly 700 officers eligible to be cut leave on their own accord, the Air Force may still hold the reduction-in-force board this June to make further cuts in overmanned specialties.


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