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Gen. Mark Welsh: Air Force, Military Services Reviewing Active Duty-Reserve Ratio

Gen. Mark Welsh
Gen. Mark Welsh

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III is working with other military services to find what he views as the optimum ratio between active duty and reserve members, American Forces Press Service reported Tuesday.

Amaani Lyle writes that Welsh told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that the Air Force is working to complete an analysis of financial, operational and force sustainment.

Welsh has been collaborating with the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, National Guard Bureau, two state adjutants general and a research team to identify force structure analysis factors, according to the report.

“We agreed on a decision support tool and a common cost model and have looked together at options for the best balance between active and reserve force structure,” Welsh told legislators.

AFPS reports that the Air Force formed the total force task force in 2013 to examine the structure balance between the active force, the Air Force reserve and the Air National Guard.

Welsh reported that reserve components represented 56 percent of the Air Force mobility group, according to AFPS.

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