I have looked at the thread regarding the Kiowa divestment. Any ideas as to when we will see the results or is it a shell game for re-deploying the people they want to keep? It seems like there is too much military activity by other nations overseas for the USA to be scaling back its military operations. From a financial point of view it would be a good thing but the reality of the world political landscape might indicate otherwise.
Well it's already been set. The OH-58 is going away and it's pilots will be looking for jobs. I'd say roughly half will go to other airframes. 1/4 will go to various non flying jobs and a 1/4 will be forced out. So you're looking at maybe a couple hundred 58 pilots going into the market.
It's not just the OH-58 either. The Army as a whole has been downsizing. While the world political landscape might indicate a need for military involvement, it doesn't require the numbers of Army aviators that we currently have. At least from the leadership view, they believe they can do the same job with additional Apaches & UAVs. Considering that 58s had the highest optempo in both wars, they have a huge shoe to fill.