you'd think for BA AFSCs the quota of available retraining positions would be higher.
You do realize the BA AFSCs are the least in allocated numbers of funded duty position (manpower) in the force structure?
You do realize that numbers in an AFSC's enlisted grade allocation force structure distribution decreases above the SSgt 5-skill level?
The Air Force considers enlisted skill level, rather than grade, the primary indicator with regard to experience and/or effectiveness required to perform a task (AFI 38-201). The expeditionary skill and grade mix should generally be the same as for peacetime operations, except that requirements in the crisis environment should minimize the use of 3- levels. Only utilize 3-levels when AFSC specific technical skills can be applied in the deployment environment
(e.g. Third Country National escort or Postal augmentation) (AFI 38-205). I highlighted critical info in red as review of CFETP will show if initial skills courses have reduced wartime training requirements or not. This is critical as expeditionary skill is not the same as wartime skill and very few AFSCs exist primarily to deploy over the horizon to a crisis or incident with minimal notice or planning. Consequently the 3 level core tasks, at least for pararescue, reflect minimum trained and qualified to be assigned to a combat unit
to be deployable capability and resource. The majority of the enlisted BA AFSCs available to deploy force structure resides within the 5-level E-4 and E-5 ranks. A 7-level NCO in the BA AFSCs is providing critical leading which is why policy of "Grade of E-5 or below with less than 10 years Total Active Federal Military Service (Total Federal Military Service for Reserve of the Air Force personnel)" is in place for Pararescue and Combat Control,
Combat Units—Forces expected to fire weapons, conduct reconnaissance, or engage in other activities directly related to combat operations. Includes, but not limited to, Fighter, Bomber, Reconnaissance, Special Tactics, Rescue (Guardian Angel), Special Ops, Missile, and Airborne Command and Control squadrons, regardless of MAJCOM.