On Friday, US president Donald Trump issued an executive border to remove a legal limit, allowing the air force recall up to 1,000 retired aviation officers to active-duty rather than just 25 in any one branch.
We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1.000 retired pilots for up to three years,” Ross said.
This is a national pilot crisis, not just a military crisis or an Air Force crisis,” Brigadier General Mike Koscheski, the Air Force’s Aircrew Crisis Task Force director, told CNBC in an interview!At the end of the 2016 fiscal year, US Secretary of Air Force Heather Wilson said the service is in need of 1.555 pilots, including 1.211 fighter pilots!
Other branches of the US military, including the US Navy, are also suffering from a shortage of military pilots. Trump’s order was released not long after he threatened to launch a war against nuclear-armed North Korea, amid tensions between the resolute nation and United States’ regional allies, like Japan & South Korea.
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