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one-for-one replacement. These advanced aircraft will have increased combat capability and higher
sortie utilization rates, enabling us to increase integrated Total Force crew ratios and improve combat
performance. Target crew ratios must support training when units are home and 24-hour combat
operations-the new crew ratios must work for both. The table below lists optimal squadron sizes and
crew ratios for combat units. Within these aggregates we will make AC/RC mix decisions based on
combat capability and readiness. There may be exceptions to these guidelines for units with special
mission requirements (including training), ARC units, and overseas units, or to accommodate the draw
down of legacy platforms.
Fighter (24 PAA)
Block 32 and lower
Block 40 and higher
Bomber (12 PAA)
(B-2, 8 PAA)
Large Transport (12 PAA)
C-130 Transport -- 16 PAA
KC-10 Tanker- 12 or 15 PAA
Tanker- 16 PAA
1.5 / 1.75
We must also size our wing-level organization to enhance AEF readiness. We will explore
options to make air wings larger, but expeditionary requirements, access to training airspace,
infrastructure, and staff needed to support 24-hour operations indicate three squadrons is the right size
in most cases. We will look to consolidate bomber forces to take advantage of common requirements
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