Im sure most of us realize how bad things may truly get for Military members soon. With all of the proposed cuts I am just feeling extremely concerned.
Were an Air Force family and they are going to be cutting 25,000 Airmen over the next 5 years. They said they will start with voluntary cuts of course but due to the vast number they will eventually resort to extreme force cut measures.
They have already started the process. They have eliminated almost every single re-enlistment bonus for all but 10 fields (46 fields were eliminated). They have also canceled retraining classes for those NCO's on the force retrain list. So now they are being left with very few options or to just separate from the service (which is obviously the point.
I told DH im extremely concerned because he is in his 3rd career field at present. He retrained into another career field 5 years ago when it was considered undermanned, it even had a re-enlistment bonus. Then eventually that bonus went away and they became overmanned. So then he landed on the retrain list again, he was vulnerable since he hadnt been in the field long. He retrained into Contracting which was SEVERELY undermanned and had the highest re-enlistment bonus (a max of $90,000). So that tells you how undermanned it was. Their skills and certifications are highly desirable and they pay VERY well on the outside, but not until you have your Bachelors and Level 2 certification. So the NCO's werent re-enlisting which is why they needed NCO's so bad.
Well they just completely canceled all bonuses for that field AND they are no longer on the retrain list of jobs that are undermanned. They are also letting brand new Contracting Officers out of their service committment. SO clearly the field is no longer undermanned. I told DH I am very fearful he will end up in the same boat again since he hasnt been in the field long (only 18 months). They come after the new people first. The problem is this time there nothing to retrain into so we would be SOL.
I just needed to vent and let out my frustrations... I know I cant be the only person worried about their Spouse losing their job, times are really getting tough. We just had another baby since we were in a good spot financially and that is making me worry all the more.