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Commission Favors Increase in ANG Utilitization

January 31, 2014
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Special Thanks to Gordon Lau for forwarding the article and link.

Washington, DC.  At 10am EST today, EANGUS staff attended the briefing of the final report of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force.  The eight commission members submitted the report, and Chair Dennis McCarthy gave a verbal summary of their findings.  Each of the other seven commission members then provided their comments.

The Russell Senate Office Building room was packed with nearly 80 people, representing military associations, news agencies, and congressional staff.  More than a dozen questions were posed, including one from EANGUS Executive Director Al Garver.  He asked commission members if they favored the formation of a National Commission on the Structure of the Army and, with a smile, asked if any of them were interested in volunteering to serve on it.  The commissioners burst into laughter and were unanimously shaking their heads “no” to the second part of the question, but didn’t initially answer the first portion.

Maj Gen Ed Tonini, Adjutant General, Kentucky, asked the same question again a few moments later and former Acting Secretary of the Army, Les Brownlee, answered that there are significant differences between Army and Air Force utilization of reserve components; as such, he cautioned that this report applies solely to the Air Force, and its conclusions were not readily transferrable to the Army.  A more detailed explanation of his thoughts on this issue can be found on page 67 of the official report.

EANGUS has performed a quick review of the 127-page final report, which includes 42 specific recommendations, and the report is highly favorable of increasing future utilization of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.  Perhaps the most striking evidence of this can be found on page 36:

                The Commission estimated that it is feasible to shift the Air Force component mix from the current 69% Active and 31% Reserve to 58% Active and 42% Reserve.  This would result in the shift of approximately 36,600 personnel and yield savings of perhaps $2 billion per year in manpower costs with no reduction in Total Force end strength.  If this shift were proportionately allocated to the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve, the resultant increases would amount to 14,100 Airmen in the AFR and 22,500 in the ANG; nearly all would be part time.

EANGUS recommends any interested parties read through the final report.  It is incredibly well written, and replete with relevant facts and insights.  The link to the full report pdf is:

http://afcommission.whs.mil/public/docs/AF%20Report.pdf   (slow load)

 

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