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Air Force Offers Buyouts to Civilian Workers

By    |   Monday, 15 June 2015 05:14 PM

Facing a tighter budget, the Air Force is now offering buyouts to its civilian employees.

According to a Government Executive report, the Air Force announced the news Monday. Civilian employees are being offered incentives to retire from the service early as the Air Force tries to meet a mandatory 20 percent budget cut.

In December, the Air Force said it would not hold layoffs in 2015 to meet the budget standards, saying instead it would rely on voluntary separation programs like early retirement incentives, Government Executive reported.

Civilian employees of the Air Force, according to Government Executive, will be given offers for voluntary early retirement and separation incentive pay.

"As in past years, we will continue to offer voluntary early retirement authority and voluntary separation incentive pay to the maximum extent possible before we implement a reduction in force," Air Force director of Civilian Force Policy Debra Warner said, reports the Executive.

"The Air Force is committed to sustaining excellence, meeting fiscal requirements and minimizing negative impacts on our current permanent civilian workforce and their families."

Civilian employees have until June 26 to file paperwork if they're interested, and should their applications be approved, they must leave their jobs by Sept. 30.

Last month, meanwhile, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said budget cuts to his branch of service will weaken the United States' air dominance moving forward.

"By eight to 10 years from now, we could be facing as many as 50 countries who use Russian and Chinese top-end fighters today," Welsh said.

"We are 200,000 people fewer in the active component. That's 40 percent less than we were during the first Gulf War. It's a dramatically different Air Force."

Despite the budget cuts, the Air Force continues to work on new systems to improve how it wages battle in the future. It was recently reported that the service has a new "pulse" weapon that destroys electronics from miles away.

The new weapon uses bursts of high-powered microwave energy to zap electronic equipment.

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