Air Force Cutbacks

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Air Force Secretary James Roche calls it quote, "a problem of good news."

So many people have been willing to sign up to serve in the Air
Force that it has been forced to scale back recruiting.

Roche says ranks have swelled because of unexpected increases in
new recruits and re-enlistments. To meet a congressionally mandated cap of 359-thousand airmen, Air Force leaders say they will enlist 20-thousand fewer new airmen.

The Air Force usually attracts about 31,000 new recruits a year. By enlisting 20,000 fewer, Air Force brass say they'll be able to cut costs without resorting to layoffs.