Trimming Away the Fat:

Lt. Gen. Roger Brady, USAF’s top personnel officer, says the Air Force already has consolidated about 50 Air Force Specialty Codes and is in the process of looking at consolidating all of the ones that “make sense.” Last fall, Gen. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff, complained that the service hadn’t yet achieved deployability for all its airmen. He said that one reason might be the 263 different AFSCs. Air Force leaders believe the service can combine many specialties to produce larger “deployment pools” and, in so doing, could save money by reducing the number of schoolhouses. Brady says that USAF hasn’t set a deadline for the effort, but the examination of the force’s specialty codes is proceeding well— on a “case by case basis”—under the auspices of Brig. Gen. K.C. McClain, Air Staff force management chief.