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This OPSTEMPO affects all personnel, deployed and at home station, as the base unit continues its mission with fewer people.
If you've just completed an ORI or base-wide exercise, then ease back and give the unit some time to settle back into a more normal OPSTEMPO.
A study conducted by the Dynamics Research Corporation (DRC) for the Air Force Directorate of Supply identified factors--such as manning, experience, retention, increased inspections, modifications to aging aircraft, break rates, cannibalizations, increased man-hours, OPSTEMPO, and aircraft maintenance management policy changes--as being directly related to changes in the amount of TNMCM hours.
This condition primarily manifests itself in the form of aging aircraft and increased failures brought about by the increased OPSTEMPO of weapons systems.
For the Air Force, substantial increases in the OPSTEMPO and personnel tempo (PERSTEMPO), the frequency and size of workload on both personnel and equipment, resulted from the new defense environment.