The Department of the Air Force’s 2022 budget request includes $38.4 million for personnel – an increase of $942 from the level for fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021). The personnel budget would increase overall strength within the department by 3,400 personnel over 2021 levels. The Space Force stands to gain 1,966 new guardians, largely as transfers from the Army, Navy and Air Force. End strength for the newest armed service would stand at 8,400 for 2022.
The department’s military construction budget would increase by $1.1 billion. Of that figure, $105 million would be used to improve military family housing projects and enhance health and safety measures for airmen, guardians and their families.
The budget also calls for a 3.8-percent increase to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and 2.3-percent rise in the Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS). The basic pay raise, as previously reported, would be 2.7 percent for all members of the armed forces.