21 Oct '17, 12am

Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots amid shortage, retention crisis

Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots amid shortage, retention crisis

The Air Force could bring back as many as 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years under a major expansion of a recall program, the White House announced Friday. The executive order issued by President Trump represents a sweeping attempt to tackle the Air Force’s serious pilot shortage, which now amounts to roughly 1,500 pilots. The Air Force has struggled to hold on to its skilled pilots — especially fighter pilots — in the face of a massive hiring surge from commercial airlines, which offer far larger salaries than the military. Under the previous executive order, only 25 retired pilots could come back each year. The new directive amends that order to temporarily remove that limit, according to a statement from Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross. The change was made at the request of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and it gives him “additional authorities to recall ...

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