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originally posted by: CriticalStinker
a reply to: Zaphod58
Why do you think they have so few pilots right now?
Isn't that a highly coveted military role? I've always been under the impression that they'd never have a problem keeping people coming in.
originally posted by: Tranceopticalinclined
a reply to: Ameilia
In the Air Force? Nah ( Maybe Pilots... didja know they have to wear a catheter every flight? called a " pisspak " )
When I was in the Air Force, as a F-16 Crew Chief, I didn't even do PT at my perm duty station, you should see the Staff and Tech Sergeants who were " big boned "
You did a halfarse version of PT in Basic, then in tech, you had to run, then perm duty station, no PT, you have a test for BMI, but only suggestions really came from that.
Unless the flightline is held to difference standards, which always could be the case.
originally posted by: FredT
A recent executive order will allow the USAF to bring back more than a 1000 retired pilots in an effort to combat shortages. What impact this has on the commercial aviation sector remains to be seen, but any recall will hurt.
Its also unclear if this is a voluntary recall or part of the pilots agreement when the departed the AF.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: CriticalStinker
They have enough on the recruiting end, and coming in, but they can't keep them in long term. Many of them plan to go through their training, and then get jobs with the airlines, where they don't have to worry about deploying, and fighting wars, and can make more money. The Air Force ends up paying for their training, and as soon as their contract is up, they have a skill that transfers to the civilian world quite easily.
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.
But the executive order itself is not specific to the Air Force, and could conceivably be used in the future to call up more officers and in other branches.
Don't doubt for a minute that there's a big war coming up. Don't doubt it at all. However this Executive order is an extension of the executive order signed by Obama which was an extension of the executive order signed by GW Bush. On its face, it is meaningless. www.gpo.gov...