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​The Air Force’s Fiscal 2017 budget places an emphasis on training as the service looks to grow the force and fill key capability gaps, Maj. Gen. James Martin, the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for budget, told reporters Tuesday. Recent budget pressures forced the Air Force to take “drastic action” and make tough choices, including reducing endstrength, and only now is the USAF beginning to “right size” the Total Force to cover shortfalls in areas like cyber, nuclear, maintenance manpower, and remotely piloted aircraft, Martin said. People, readiness, and modernization make up the biggest pieces of the Air Force budget, “so when forced to take sharp reductions, we simply can’t avoid impacts in these areas.” In Fiscal 2017, USAF will add about 100 basic and technical training instructors, which will support an additional 2,100 new airmen over last year’s level. The budget also supports increases to Officer Training School, the Air Force Academy, and ROTC, and includes a request for retention incentives in critical areas, Martin said. Additionally, the Air Force will begin integrating enlisted pilots into the RQ-4 community, he said. The Fiscal 2017 budget “continues the recovery and gives us a larger and better-equipped force,” Martin said.