Targeted Enlisted Reenlistment Bonuses in Fiscal 2014
enlisted retention rates remain high overall, the Air Force considers 13 out of
329 enlisted career fields to be stressed due to factors like "high
operational demand" and "low manning," the service's manpower
leadership told lawmakers on Wednesday. They include the battlefield airmen,
intelligence, and certain enlisted aviator career fields, wrote Daniel
Ginsberg, Air Force assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs; and Lt.
Gen. Darrell Jones, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel, and services, in joint prepared
testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel panel on April 24.
To address this issue, the Air Force is allocating $232 million for selective
reenlistment bonuses in Fiscal 2014—the same amount as in Fiscal 2013,
according to the testimony. An SRB "continues to be the most effective,
responsive, and measurable tool for retention, encouraging airmen to stay
and/or retrain into career fields with high demand requirements," they
wrote. In fact, "SRB investments have shown to improve retention from one
to eight percent per SRB increment, depending on the reenlistment zone,"
In More Depth
|Gates Versus the Air Force
In his book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates describes the Air Force as “one of my biggest headaches”—a perception USAF leaders were never able to turn around during his tenure.
A Systemic Problem
Air Force Secretary Deborah James acknowledged the Air Force does “have a systemic problem” within its nuclear forces, though she said she is confident the mission itself remains strong.
The A-12, Settled At Last
After a 23-year seesaw legal battle in which both sides were at some point “up” by more than a billion dollars, the Navy and its A-12 contractors have put the A-12 controversy to rest with a settlement.