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OHA to BAH System for OCONUS

All OHA needs to switch to the BAH system. This would drive the OCONUS housing market to be more competitive, with massive benefits to the Air Force, many benefits to the service members, and even, to a lesser degree, some benefits to the local community. Members have absolutely no incentive for saving the Government money under the OHA system. Short term estimated savings in Guam alone: $45,000,000+ per year Long term... more »

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Re: "Organizational Efficiencies"

How can we streamline the US Air Force when we don't even know who works where? Only about 80% of military members have a valid position number in the manpower system. Of the existing position numbers, more than one person can be slotted against the same position. For civilians the accuracy rate is even worse. We have FOAs and DRUs to hide manpower on headquarters staffs, flights and squadrons that do MAJCOM-level... more »

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Reducing educational costs without reducing educational benefits

In an effort to keep educational opportunities at the current rate for our Airmen, I recommend only covering the general education courses required for a CCAF degree from a community college where tuitions rates are remarkably lower. According to the College Board website ‚ÄúPublic four-year colleges charge, on average, $7,605 per year in tuition and fees for in-state students. The average surcharge for full-time out-of-state... more »

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Consolodate MWR HQ's to make one service independent Joint MWR

Establish a central Joint Service MWR (Morale Well-Being & Recreation) Command that is capable of serving all bases and all services similar to how AAFES serves all the bases retail needs. There are 5 separate service MWR HQ commands such as MCCS, Air Forces Services Agency, Army MWR, Coast Guard MWR and Navy MWR. Many of these departments have many company and field grade officers supporting running their departments... more »

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Military

All branches of the military have different uniforms that are worn on a day to day basis for example ABU and ACU. My idea for saving money would be to adopt one uniform for all branches of the military. The only distinction would be the name tape on the uniform, i..e blue for Air Force, black for Army. I beleive this would help cut spending for the military by cutting coastly contracts with different vendors for different... more »

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Phase I/Phase II exercise in Bagram AF, Afghanistan

Phase I/Phase II exercises are usually done in practice for Air Force deployment to a war zone. Specifically a hypothetical Korean war zone. I recently read an article on the Air Force Portal website that shows a USAF weapons load crew, loading INERT bombs (BDU-50) onto an F-15E in Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The article goes onto say that, this is during a Phase II exercise. During a Phase II there are simulated... more »

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Audit Deployments: They Are Out of Control

Over the course of 10 years, the Air Force has stopped questioning the necessity and duration of deployments to the CENTCOM AOR. Too many Airmen are deployed for too long a duration, creating massive travel bills, doling out hostile fire and imminent danger pay to tens of thousands who shouldn't be deployed, and facilitating the underpayment of taxes on a huge scale. Airmen are deployed to do such things as update powerpoint... more »

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Stop Paying Civilians to Conduct Fitness Testing

The Air Force lost faith in its NCOs a few years ago and decided it would be better off paying a legion of civilian bureaucrats to conduct the tests. Not a single one of these civilian jobs is necessary. Cut them in entirety. We're a military service and our NCOs are capable of setting, bearing, and enforcing standards. Our officers are capable of leading and using discipline where necessary to reinforce and maintain... more »

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Too Much Military Airlift

Military airlift is an expensive means of delivering sustainment to troops in combat zones. While some airfields require military aircraft be used due to enemy threat or austere conditions, and airdrop of materiel to FOBs is a uniquely military mission, the vast majority of airlift in the current conflicts could be done much more cheaply using surface lift and contract air carriers. Air Mobility Command is executing... more »

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Security Clearances: Require Fewer Top Secret Clearances.

The Air Force has too many people cleared for access to the highest classification level. The clearances require more frequent re-investigation and at greater depth than a secret clearance, and very few people ever access Top Secret material. For example: every pilot is investigated and cleared for Top Secret access during pilot training, even though only a tiny number of those pilots will end up flying aircraft that... more »

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End Airlift Rodeo: A Luxury in Austere Times

Air Mobility Command Rodeo is a biennial competition where aircrews, ground crews, and support personnel showcase their capabilities. The competition does little to enhance USAF warfighting. Having participated as a Team Commander, I learned nothing at Rodeo I didn't already know. What the competition really does is it provides a veil of legitimacy behind which is hidden enormous waste. A few thousand Airmen (to include... more »

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Uniform Identity for US Air Force members

Institute the Flight Duty Uniform (FDU, per Air Force Instruction 36-2903, the Dress and Appearance of Air Force Personnel) as the only Air Force duty/work uniform for Air Force personnel. Currently, airmen are required to have service dress blues, the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU), & the FDU if authorized. Putting all airmen in FDUs will save DoD money finding vendors for different types of uniforms & uniform accessories... more »

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Civilian DOD Full-Time Air Reserve Technicians

I love my career in the USAF Reserves. As a full-time Air Reserve Technician the past two years we've been ordered to wear our part-time Reserve uniforms as DoD Civil Service employees daily. This is costing the USA government at 5 million dollars annually. Not to mention the yearly cash awards to other officers to maintain dress and appearance standards daily. Please consider giving this money back to the USA tax... more »

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NRO, Eliminate and reallocate it's resources

I will not go into too much detail on this matter. The ideas speaks for itself as if you investigate many resources within the organization can be reallocated to NGA and NSA and space based management can be fully taken on by the Air Force. The organization no longer can justify it's existence when you look at how much money you can save by getting rid of it. Once again, this would be a disband and reallocation of it's... more »

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