Lawmakers expressed concern Dec. 5 after hearing how many military medical billets are slated for elimination next year as management of the services' hospitals and clinics transitions to the Defense Health Agency. Members of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel received an update on the Military Health System transition in a lively hearing. The hearing focused mostly on access to mental health care for troops and their families. Surgeons general for each of the services told Congress that they are no longer filling vacant positions, pending a billet review by the DHA. They broke down how many billets their own reviews last year determined were "excess." That included about 4,000 for the Air Force; 6,935 for the Army; and 5,386 for the Navy. Read more on Military.com.