ARE YOU SURPRISED TO READ THIS?

Given the current generation’s penchant for wanting everything handed to them as well as demanding to be allowed to fixate on social media it should come as no surprise that USAF members feel understaffed.

I wonder if they’d spend more time actually working rather than texting, calling, being on Facebook, etc. they might actually get their jobs done.

However, they got one thing right: poor performers are rarely punished.

Airmen don’t think they have enough people on their team to get the job done, according to a new Air Force survey looking at the “climate” of the service.

The 2015 survey released to the San Antonio Express-News shows that just 63 percent of officers and regular enlisted airmen believe they have enough people on their teams to complete the work required.

Just over 60 percent of officers agreed with the question that they “have enough time to accomplish my daily workload during my duty hours.” For enlisted airmen, that figure jumped to 75 percent.

“It’s no surprise that manpower and time are concerns to our airmen,” Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson, told the San Antonio Express-News. “At the time this survey was administered, our force was the smallest it has ever been in Air Force history.”

“Despite the challenge this presented, day in and day out airmen carried out the mission without fail,” Wilson said. “Since then, we’ve also taken on a number of initiatives to grow the force, save airmen time and focus on revitalizing our squadrons.”

Other metrics were more positive. A total of 90 percent of respondents said the work quality in their unit is high. But according to 69 percent of respondents, poor performers are not disciplined.

In the meantime, the Air Force is trying to ramp up its numbers to a more reasonable level.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said last year the service is hoping to bring in 4,000 more active-duty airmen.

The survey drew on a total of 132,000 respondents, which amounts to 23 percent of the total force. Most of the respondents were active-duty, but there was significant representation of civilians working in the service and members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.