Air Force Reserve cyber training taxed

The Air Force Reserve doesn't have the cyber training capacity needed to meet demand.
The Air Force Reserve doesn't have the cyber training capacity needed to meet demand.

The Air Force Reserve is scrambling to hustle reservists through cyber training but doesn't currently have the capacity to meet current demand, Lt. Gen. James Jackson, the chief of the reserve, told Federal News Radio in a recent interview.

“We have just enough instructors and the training pipeline is a certain size right now,” Jackson was quoted as saying.

Some reservists, as a result, must wait for cyber training. “I wouldn't call it a backlog," Jackson reportedly said. "What we do is we take out members and we assign them to the units and then we put them in what is called Developmental Training Flight so that they are not just hanging out and not doing anything.” 

The Air Force Reserve had 11 cyber units and 2,300 cyber reservists, the radio report noted, with three new units planned in 2017.

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