In this issue of Words to the Wise, we'd like to spotlight a couple of statistical sources for researching AF (and DoD) manpower questions. These sources can be useful in tracking diversity in the armed forces, growth in particular career field, retention questions, etc.
First, the May issue of Air Force Magazine, designated as the USAF Almanac, is a useful tool for seeing manpower trends over time. See the most recent Facts and Figures section at
Also, I'd recommend checking the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC). Parts of this system require an account creation, but are well worth the effort. There are a number of Self Service Reports that can provide up-to-date info on manpower in a particular service or in the collective armed forces.
For a list of the various subsets within DMDC, go to https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/dwp/stats_reports.jsp
From this screen, we'd recommend using the DMDC Data Request System (DMDCRS).
Lower down this page, you'll find DoD Personnel, Workforce Reports & Publications, which are freely available (no account required).
Surveys can be very useful in researching retention questions. From our DMDC link, you will find a Surveys link on the left side of the screen. From the Surveys page, you'll find the Defense Research, Surveys, and Statistics Center (RSSC), whose stated purpose is to provide "information from OUSD (P&R) sponsored surveys that assess attitudes and opinions on a wide range of personnel issues across the entire DoD community: Active Duty members, Reserve component members, civilian employees, veterans, family members, and retirees."
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