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Air Force Pilot Shortage Grows to Nearly 2,000; Force Tension 'Significant'
PJ Media ^ | 10 Nov 17 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 11/10/2017 7:34:11 AM PST by SkyPilot

The secretary of Air Force said that, after weathering a 1,500-pilot shortfall last summer, the problem has escalated to being 1,926 pilots short -- or missing 1 in 10 of a force that's supposed to have 20,000 pilots.

Secretary Heather Wilson told Pentagon reporters today that "it's not just pilots, though, and air crew, when it comes to readiness."

"It is spare parts and flying hours and munitions," she noted. "So increasing the readiness of the force so that we win any fight, any time, is our top priority."

The biggest reason for the pilot shortage, in the secretary's view, "is that we are too small for all the missions that we're being asked to carry out on behalf of the nation -- and as a result, we're burning out our people."

"Surge has become the new normal in the United States Air Force, and you can do that for a year, or two years, or maybe even three or four years. But we're asking -- I met someone last week who has just come back from his 17th deployment -- 17 deployments," she continued. "Less than one percent of Americans serve in uniform and protect the rest of us, and they are carrying a very heavy burden. And at some point, families make a decision: that they just can't keep doing this at this pace, and I think that's the biggest thing we're facing, is we're burning out our people, because we're too small for what the nation is asking."

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KEYWORDS: afpilotshortage; airforce; dod; military; pilots
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President Trump signed an emergency order last month to allow retired Air Force pilots to be recalled to active duty.

I am a retired Air Force pilot, however, to requal me would take many months. More likely, the recall would be to place pilots into rated staff positions, in order to place active pilots back into cockpit positions. But to recall retired pilots back to active duty would be an incredible step. Short of war, I used to think it would be politically untenable. But no longer.<>

1 posted on 11/10/2017 7:34:11 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Jet Jaguar; ExTexasRedhead

Ping


2 posted on 11/10/2017 7:34:29 AM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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To: SkyPilot

They could allow NCO’s to certify...


3 posted on 11/10/2017 7:37:46 AM PST by Bayard
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To: SkyPilot

The link doesn’t work.


4 posted on 11/10/2017 7:39:30 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: SkyPilot

IIRC most Army pilots are warrant officers.


5 posted on 11/10/2017 7:40:45 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: SkyPilot

both my AF pilot cousins retired/resigned during unbelievable Obama years sincethey were such a downer for them. pity for the nation.


6 posted on 11/10/2017 7:41:06 AM PST by avital2
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To: SkyPilot

Sounds like a salary shortage problem. Double the pay and they’ll have a surplus in short order.


7 posted on 11/10/2017 7:41:06 AM PST by Poison Pill
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To: SkyPilot

Part of the problem is reflected by having an Air Force Secretary named “Heather”. I actively discourage my sons from having anything to do with the feminized, sodomized military. The Obama/McCain/Bush legacy


8 posted on 11/10/2017 7:42:06 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SkyPilot

Part of the problem is reflected by having an Air Force Secretary named “Heather”. I actively discourage my sons from having anything to do with the feminized, sodomized military. The Obama/McCain/Bush legacy


9 posted on 11/10/2017 7:42:07 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

True.


10 posted on 11/10/2017 7:42:15 AM PST by TADSLOS (Reset Underway!)
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To: SkyPilot

It’s my contention that the military chased away real men with bad public school, all the military’s social engineering and leftism. They took the honor and the constitution out of service.


11 posted on 11/10/2017 7:42:56 AM PST by SaraJohnson ( Whites must sue for racism. It's pay day.)
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To: SkyPilot

Where are the Romney boys? Where are the Sununu boys? Where are the Trump boys? Support the troops; join them.


12 posted on 11/10/2017 7:43:17 AM PST by MSF BU (Support the troops: Join Them.)
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To: SkyPilot

Trump executive order lets Air Force recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for active duty

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/21/trump-executive-order-lets-air-force-recall-up-to-1000-retired-pilots.html


13 posted on 11/10/2017 7:43:39 AM PST by Rebelbase (There are only two genders. The rest are mental disorders.)
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To: achilles2000

Yes, add in the former Secretary of the Army and really 16 years of the lavender mafia going into the GS military positions and this is what happens. It is discouraging.


14 posted on 11/10/2017 7:45:12 AM PST by MSF BU (Support the troops: Join Them.)
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To: SkyPilot
Kick out the queers, feminazis and social justice advocates and just maybe we will see enlistments and commissioning pick up.

The military has to be an environment that attracts, not repels.

15 posted on 11/10/2017 7:46:13 AM PST by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: Rebelbase

If you can qualify to fly, why is a college degree necessary?


16 posted on 11/10/2017 7:46:49 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive.” - DJT)
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To: SkyPilot
Recall em, then make them sit around and get little or no flying time for even less pay than outside and you have Korea all over again.Grumpy^3.

Start up the flight schools again. Once upon a time we had a couple of dozen operating.. Now there are three I think. Two years of college and pass the stanine and physical and off you go. Aviation Cadets worked last time. Takes about a year to finish basics. I bet a lot of Enlisted men would like to try too. Nice jump in pay and better food too.

17 posted on 11/10/2017 7:47:57 AM PST by Don Corleone (.leave the gun, take the canolis, take it to the mattress.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Education always helps. General ignorance is detrimental to success in any endeavor


18 posted on 11/10/2017 7:48:02 AM PST by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column)
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To: Poison Pill

Money isn’t everything. Would you work under Obama for twice your salary? Pay may be part of the problem but don’t forget the PC culture drives away many of our finest. It will take time to turn it around, I hope we have it.


19 posted on 11/10/2017 7:48:02 AM PST by Kent1957
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To: ViLaLuz
Sorry, here is the link again.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/air-force-pilot-shortage-grows-nearly-2000-force-tension-significant/

20 posted on 11/10/2017 7:48:08 AM PST by SkyPilot ("I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6)
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