In the Guard, Four Years Short—but Just A Little:

On Oct. 1, the Air National Guard is likely to fall short of its end strength target for the fourth consecutive year, Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley, ANG chief, said yesterday. The shortfall is minor, though—about one percent. McKinley said at AFA’s Air & Space Conference in Washington that the target is 107,000 Air Guardsmen, but the component currently has 105,892 airmen on its rolls. This is OK, he said, because the Guard will not lower its standards just to fill out a few more positions.