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Air Force to cut hundreds of officers

By Ruben Gomez
Reporter
Federal News Radio

The Air Force will remove hundreds of officers in an effort to align its uniformed workforce with congressional mandates.

The military service chose 436 captains and majors in a reduction in force initiative, Air Force spokesperson Mike Dickerson told Federal News Radio. Air Force officials on the Calendar Year 2011 Reduction-in-Force Board considered more than 8,800 officers.

“The objective of the board was to retain the best-qualified officers according to the ‘whole-person’ concept used in promotion boards,”

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By law, the Air Force must limit officer and enlisted employment to 332,800 people, and officers not selected for retention must separate by March 1, 2012.

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Leaders also announced a renewed effort to reduce the number of enlisted personnel by allowing selected airmen to leave the service earlier than planned.

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