Consolidating Air Force Maintenance Occupational Specialties
RAND Corporation - Project AIR FORCE Santa Monica United States
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In a climate of declining budgets, Air Mobility Command AMC is pursuing strategies to reduce aircraft operating and support O and S costs without jeopardizing readiness. To assist AMC with its effort, RAND Project AIR FORCE PAF considered a number of options targeting unit-level costs. The project team reviewed commercial carrier aircraft maintenance Mx approaches and had discussions with experts on Air Force aircraft maintenance practices and policies.5 Based on those interactions, PAF identified consolidation of aircraft maintenance occupational specialties, or job categories, as having the potential for reducing personnel requirements and costs.PAF analyzed the manpower and readiness implications of consolidating the number of maintenance job categories, called Air Force specialties AFSs, which support the KC-135 to inform KC-46 maintenance initiatives. Because data and models specific to the KC-46 are limited, this study focused on the impacts of maintenance AFS consolidation for the KC-135fleet. KC-135 represents the largest tanker fleet for which there is data on maintainer training requirements and models that can be used to investigate the effect of AFS consolidation on manpower requirements and readiness.