The U.S. Air Force is laying off 436 captains and majors as part of an effort to adjust its staffing levels due to the current high retention rate, Fox News reported.
According to the news outlet, the cuts are aimed at meeting the Congressionally mandated targets, despite not being related to the $450 billion that the Pentagon will have cut from its budget over the next decade.
The Air Force has to limit its workforce to 332,800 officers and enlisted airmen by the end of this fiscal year, but the reductions are based on projections that were made at the beginning of the financial period and numbers can fluctuate, officials from the Air Force told Fox News.
"The objective of the board was to retain the best-qualified officers according to the ‘whole-person’ concept used in promotion boards," the Air Force said in a press release.
According to The Associated Press, the Air Force also plans to eliminate 9,000 civilian jobs as part of another cost-saving measure, as the military has begun to limit its numbers due to the upcoming defense spending cuts.