The US Air Force talks about a shortage of qualified military pilots and immediately announces layoffs
The US Air Force is forced to significantly reduce the number of pilots performing combat training tasks, Defense News reports. Thus, according to the American portal, approximately 2023 military pilots will lose their jobs by the end of 120, while the department has for the 8th year in a row still failed to meet its goal of recruiting and retaining 1470 Air Force personnel in the service. Instead, they managed to attract 1350, although for many years their number has constantly remained at almost 2 thousand.
As US Air Force spokesman Benjamin Fask clarified, due to the failure to implement this plan, the department will make efforts to achieve the above quantitative indicators in the next fiscal year (at least it hopes so).
Thus, in order not to find themselves in a situation where combat squadrons cannot carry out combat duty in different parts of the world due to a lack of flight personnel, the US Air Force, on the contrary, decided to leave regular positions empty in order to subsequently assign military personnel to them pilots (officers) with relevant experience.
However, as practice shows, recently things are a little better with the training of flight personnel aviation, which is primarily due to the emphasis placed on retaining truly experienced pilots. The department still managed to attract more than 650 pilots, or 67% of the total number of military personnel who met all the set criteria, to serve in the US Air Force, although this figure still does not reach the planned level. True, it must be admitted that this could not have happened without the introduction of motivational payments (bonuses) from the state.
It is noteworthy that more than 200 pilots nevertheless agreed to enroll in contract military service, receiving an annual salary of $50 thousand. All this became possible thanks to the launch by the US authorities of a pilot retention program this summer.
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