Latest "end strength" stories
The Department of the Air Force released its $173.7 billion budget request for fiscal 2022 on Friday, a 3.3 percent increase over 2021.
But the sea service wants to significantly boost spending on mental health programs and sexual assault prevention and response.
Gen. Brown: The Air Force isn’t getting bigger; to win wars it must must move airmen into undermanned jobs
"We’re going to have to make some unhappy people … in order to make sure we can get all the mission sets done," Brown told reporters.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has lowered basic training graduation rates this year, Army and Air Force leaders aren’t expecting personnel shortfalls.
By Kyle Rempfer