By Seth Robson
Copyright 2014 Stars and Stripes
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Airmen who fail to make the cut under this year’s force-reduction measures will likely be told between May 14 and Sept. 14, and be out of the service no later than Jan.15, according to Air Force officials.
Across the service, airmen are weighing their options as the Air Force prepares to slash 25,000 enlisted and officer positions in an effort to rein in costs.
The service is offering a range of incentives to those who leave voluntarily, but those who want to stay face scrutiny by retention boards charged with deciding whom to keep and whom to let go.
The force-cutting measures were first announced in January.
In recent weeks, leaders at Yokota have been answering questions from airmen and their families about the process. The base held a town hall meeting Tuesday to further discuss the matter.
“We have had a lot of issues with our budget and trying to cut that down,” 1st Lt. Courtney Franzen, 374th Force Support Squadron personnel chief, told two dozen Air Force spouses at the meeting. “We have had to institute both voluntary and involuntary programs” to separate personnel.