TABLE 3-2 Manning in STEM-Requiring and Acquisition Management Career Fields

 

 

Lt.

Capt.

Major

Lt. Col.

Col.

Total

15W

Assigns

129

187

119

96

16

547

Weather

Auths

94

229

141

75

15

554

 

%

137.2%

81.7%

84.4%

128.0%

106.7%

98.7%

32E

Assigns

326

339

216

199

61

1,141

Civil Eng,

Auths

123

510

231

196

66

1,126

 

%

265.0%

66.5%

93.5%

101.5%

92.4%

101.3%

33S

Assigns

686

1,109

656

391

110

2,952

Comm-info

Auths

177

1,206

819

460

117

2,779

 

%

387.6%

92.0%

80.1%

85.0%

94.0%

106.2%

61S

Assigns

260

249

155

82

9

755

Scientist

Auths

105

367

202

92

11

777

 

%

247.6%

67.8%

76.7%

89.1%

81.8%

97.2%

62E

Assigns

947

794

408

200

31

2,380

Dev. Eng.

Auths

427

1,177

532

257

37

2,430

 

%

221.8%

67.5%

76.7%

77.8%

83.8%

97.9%

63A

Assigns

275

670

542

539

106

2,132

Acq. Mgt.

Auths

206

759

725

647

149

2,486

 

%

133.5%

88.3%

74.8%

83.3%

71.1%

85.8%

SOURCE: Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center, Directorate of Assignments, January 2009.

requiring career fields is above the 96.1 percent total manning level for line officers. Assuming no change in authorizations, shortages of officers in these career fields could be corrected only by increasing overall officer strength in the Air Force or by imposing even greater shortages on other career fields.

Captain-to-Lieutenant Ratios

The ratio of assigned captains to lieutenants in the Air Force generally (see Table 3-1) is 2.1:1 (16,257 to 7,648) while the authorization ratio is 3.0:1 (17,899 to 5,948). Thus, the proportion of assigned captains (and therefore, of the more experienced level among company– grade officers) is less than desired by the authorization ratio. In the STEM-requiring career fields, as indicated in Table 3-3, the captain-to-lieutenant authorization ratios range from 2.4:1 to 6.8:1. Since these ratios, like those of most other career fields, are greater than the aggregate assigned strength ratio of 2.1:1, captain authorizations are very unlikely to be completely filled.



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