The Air Force’s three components continued to meet their respective recruiting goals through the end of April, according to the Defense Department’s newest recruiting statistics. The Air Force’s Active Duty component brought in 16,537 accessions through April, meeting 100 percent of its fiscal-year-to-date goal, states the release. Similarly, the Air National Guard accepted 5,842, reaching its target. The Air Force Reserve exceeded its goal by four percent, bringing in 4,251—182 accessions over its goal. Across DOD, only the Army Reserve continues to fall short, bringing in 15,734 accessions—just 91 percent of its goal. (See our coverage of March’s recruiting numbers)
Rumored cuts to the F-35 from the fiscal 2025 defense budget—six from Air Force plans—would not be offset by recent Foreign Military Sales, and will disrupt ongoing Lot 19 negotiations, Pentagon and industry sources said.