Air Force offering bonuses up to $90k to avoid manpower shortage

Capt. Joshua Tyler, 755th Air Expeditionary Group Explosive Ordinance Disposal Operating Location B commander, reenlists Staff Sgt. Andrew Petrulis, EOD craftsman, at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2008. The EOD team took advantage of a continuation training opportunity creating a "fireball" detonation at a safe distance to make the reenlistment more memorable. Sgt. Petrulis was one of the first to reap the benefits of the new reenlistment bonuses giving EOD personnel greater incentive to stay in the Air Force saving lives every day. He is deployed from the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and hails from Higganum, Conn.

Last Month, John Q. Public reported Gen. Mark Welsh, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF), admitted that the Air Force was on the verge of a manpower collapse.

Today, the Air Force has announced an aggressive approach to retain airmen in 117 career fields by offering re-enlistment bonuses as high as $90,000.

According to the Air Force Times, this is nearly triple the amount of jobs eligible for re-enlistment bonuses than last year.

This change in force management comes just two years after the Air Force required more than 6,000 airman to separate from the Air Force against their will.

Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly, director of military force management, predicted that 70 career fields would be eligible for more than $220 million in re-enlistments bonuses, but today’s announcement proved a much larger SRB expansion was necessary.

The Air Force has yet to release the eligible jobs but the release did state the shortfalls were in its nuclear, maintenance, cyber, intelligence, remotely piloted aircraft and support career fields.

“This year’s SRB list is increased by nearly threefold as we focused on retaining key experience while continuing our deliberate plan to grow our force,” Col. Robert Romer, chief of military force policy, said in the release.

Airmen became eligible for the re-enlistment bonuses on Monday.

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