The Air Force has announced an initiative to increase the number of individuals with disabilities among its civilian workforce. Specifically, by 2016, the Air Force goal is to increase this workforce from the current 5.6 percent to eight percent. For targeted disabilities, people diagnosed with deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, convulsive disorders, cognitive impairments, mental illness or genetic or physical conditions affecting limbs or the spine, the plan calls for more than doubling the current level of 0.6 percent to two percent. The plan, implemented this year, is the Air Force response to a presidential executive order, which seeks to establish the federal government as a model employer of individuals with disabilities and commits to hiring an additional 100,000 at all levels and occupations in the federal government over the next five years. Individuals with disabilities currently represent just fewer than six percent of the more than 176,000 Air Force civilian employees, and those with targeted disabilities represent less than one percent.
For wounded warriors, another Air Force program, the plan calls for prioritizing career training, and matching their new skills and capabilities with job openings. It will also expand a current program which creates temporary civil service positions for wounded Airmen with a 30 percent or higher disability rating.
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