...Word on the street is that with the Air Force trying to cut costs, the 1st target for them is manpower -- cutting people (i.e. foreshaping). With the amount of manpower being cut, the AFPC is going to try to merge career fields. From Mr. Don Warner himself, it seems that they want to merge readiness with fire, which would mean sending X amount of readiness troops to the academy and enrolling every AF FF into readiness CDCs. I believe they tried this once... the Civil Engineering "Emergency Service Flight" with Fire, EOD, and Readiness. I guess it didn't work out too well but it seems odd to me that they want to do it again...