Sure. PBD720 is the current AF reshaping plan; a plan that reduces reduces active duty forces by nearly 40,000 airmen by FY11. Included in that plan is a transfer of current Cat B IMA positions to Cat E positions. The major difference between Cat B and Cat E is funding; Cat B are funded positions, Cat E are not. A Cat B IMA is paid for two weeks of annual training (AT), in addition to their 2+ weeks of inactive duty training (IDTs). They receive travel pay to get to their duty station plus lodging while there. Cat E IMAs have a 35 day training requirement each year but there are no funds to support it. The IMA must find an active duty tour (mandays)to complete those requirements, and there is normally no travel or lodging included since mandays are normally unit funded. In addition, under current regulations an IMA can only remain in a Cat E position for 2 or 3 years (I forget the exact number), after that they must either be moved into a Cat B position (if availible), move to a new assignment or get out of the program. I know the MAJCOMS had to identify 60-75 percent of their current Cat B IMA positions for unfunding. Things are not looking good for the IMA program.
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