posted on Dec, 31 2015 @ 08:19 PM
a reply to: Snarl
The military is notoriously awful with personnel management. The AF recently offered early retirement to most pilots, and many of the ones eligible
took up the offer in pursuit of an airline job. When they needed to flush even more pilots, they fired some more. Now, just after doing so, they are
critically manned for pilots in a number of fields and doing everything they can to pump more pilots into the training pipeline. In just a few years
this process will repeat barring another large war.
Also, I'd bet that the majority of these orders are for modernization and replacement, rather than organic growth. Still plenty of legacy H models
flying around, especially in the Guard.