Danger Room has learned that around 200 airplanes, mostly older models, will eventually be retired without replacement. That represents about a 5 percent reduction in the overall fleet of about 4,000 aircraft. Exactly which planes will go is unclear. But under any scenario, the positions of thousands of airmen who fly and maintain those planes will be phased out. The majority of those airmen will be reservists and Air National Guardsmen.[Emphasis added]
Signaleer’s take—this is backward. If there are to be reductions it should be in the Active side. Let the Guard and Reserves, that operate for a fraction of the cost, pick up the slack.