Mar 4, 2014 9:19 PM by Andy Koen

Academy to cut 99 jobs, eliminate 10 academic majors

US AIR FORCE ACADEMY - Nearly 100 jobs will be cut and upto a one-third of all academic majors offered at the US Air Academy will be eliminated this fall under proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget reductions.

Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson announced the cuts Tuesday in a news release. In all, the Academy plans to eliminate 99 military and civilian positions next year.

David Cannon, Director of Communications at the Academy, said the command staff plans to cut those positions through attrition wherever possible.

"Ninety nine positions are in danger, but we've yet to identify which of those 99 positions they are with the exception of the Academy Military Trainers list of members who work in each cadet squadron," he said.

Currently, the Air Force Assigns two Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO's) to serve as military trainers for each of the 40 Cadet Squadrons that make up the student body. Those trainers are tasked with instructing cadets on proper leadership principles in anticipation of their assuming higher rank in the Air Force upon graduation. That force will be reduced to just one NCO per squadron, a loss of 40 active duty positions.

In terms of academic studies, the Academy plans to phase out 10 majors including Basic Sciences, Biochemistry, Materials Chemistry, General Engineering, Humanities, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Systems Engineering Management and Meteorology.

The eliminated majors would be phased out over the course of the next the years to allow currnet freshman year Cadets who have declared majors in any of those fields of study to still receive their appropriate degrees.

"We made a promise to the cadets that we will let them graduate so we need to maintain professors to continue teaching the classes in those 10 majors that in 3 years from now we won't offer," Cannon said.

Air Force Athletics will see a 10 percent across the board cut to all intercollegiate, intramural and club sports. The project loss is estimated to be near $440,000.

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