• DOD Releases Report Assessing Risk of Sexual Assault by Installation

    DOD Releases Report Assessing Risk of Sexual Assault by Installation0

    The Pentagon on Friday released a report rating the risk of sexual assault for military personnel by installation based on 2014 data gathered through more than 170,000 surveys of active-duty service members collected by the RAND Corp. Overall, men and women assigned to Navy ships at sea are significantly more likely to be sexually assaulted

  • Air Force to Establish up to Two F-16 Training Units

    Air Force to Establish up to Two F-16 Training Units0

    In a bid to alleviate a growing shortage of fighter pilots, the Air Force is establishing up to two interim F-16 training units at existing F-16 training locations, the service announced Thursday. Officials expect to select candidate locations by the end of the calendar year, reported Air Force Times. To expedite the process of standing up the training units, the service will temporarily move F-16 aircraft from Hill AFB, Utah, to two existing F-16 training locations, the Air Force said in a release. This approach will allow the Air Force to avoid conducting an exhaustive environmental review and other analyses that would be required if the service intended to permanently base formal training units …

  • Air Force Fighter Pilot Shortage Worsens, Leaders Say

    Air Force Fighter Pilot Shortage Worsens, Leaders Say0

    The Air Force will face a shortage of 1,000 pilots in the coming years as extended deployments and restricted training for non-deployed pilots due to budget constraints hurt morale, the service’s top leaders said during a State of the Air Force media briefing Wednesday. Earlier announcements indicated the service would be 700 fighter pilots short by the end of the year, reported Stars and Stripes. “It is a crisis,” said new Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, who addressed reporters at the Pentagon along with Secretary Deborah Lee James …

  • Air Force Introduces Programs to Increase End Strength0

    The Air Force is reversing course and introducing several force management programs to increase its active-duty end strength following several years of personnel reductions. The course correction was prompted by a host of new missions, including the air campaign against the Islamic State and the effort to support NATO allies anxious over Russian aggression in Ukraine. The size of the Air Force began to shrink in fiscal 2014, when its end strength stood at 330,700 airmen. Now it has 312,980 service members, reported Air Force Times. The service’s FY 2016 budget calls for its end strength to rise 1.3 percent to 317,000 …

  • Number of Active-Duty Soldiers Falls below Half Million0

    The end strength of the active-duty Army fell below 500,000 for the first time in a decade, and now stands at 498,642 soldiers. Over the past year, the regular Army shrunk by 24,331 soldiers, reported Army Times. By the end of September, forces are due to drop to 490,000. The budget request released last week by the Obama administration calls for the Army’s end strength to decline to 475,000 by Oct. 1, 2016. Officials have said the force will need to shrink to a size of 450,000 and, possibly, to 420,000 if the existing statutory caps on defense spending remain in place through fiscal 2021. The figures, compiled by the Defense Manpower Data Center, show that as the Army entered 2015 its reserve components had a combined strength of 547,007 soldiers — 349,881 in the National Guard and 197,126 in the Army Reserve.

  • Army Forces to Continue Decline, Air Force to Edge Up, under Budget0

    The Army’s active-duty end strength would continue its steady decline under the president’s fiscal 2016 budget request, falling by 15,000 troops to 475,000. DOD’s current plan calls for the Army’s active forces to shrink to 450,000 by 2018. The number of National Guard soldiers would drop by 8,200 this year to 342,000, and the Army Reserve would hold at 198,000 under the proposal, reported Stars and Stripes. The number of Air Force personnel, after dipping over the past two years, would rise slightly from 483,000 to 492,000, under the FY 2016 request. Many of the new slots would be allocated to the nuclear enterprise and cyber security …