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Air Force Reserve to operate with fewer reservists

11/14/2007 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Air Force Reserve Command will operate with a smaller force in 2008.

The fiscal 2008 Defense Appropriations Act signed by President George W. Bush Nov. 13 funds an end-strength of 67,500 reservists. Last year the projected end strength was 74,900.

The new legislation also approves 9,999 full-time air reserve technicians and 2,721 full-time Active Guard and Reserve reservists.

The defense bill provides DOD with nearly $460 billion in discretionary funding and funds a 3.5-percent, across-the-board military pay raise for active and reserve forces.

From this act, AFRC receives about $1.36 billion for its reserve personnel appropriation and about $2.82 billion in operation and maintenance funds to run the command.

The amount for military construction funding will be finalized when the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs bill is passed. 

(Courtesy of Air Force Reserve Command News Service) 

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