A senator from Georgia has proposed an amendment to the
National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Air Force to
speed up the JSTARS recapitalization program.
To stave off a fighter pilot exodus and reduce the growing pilot shortage, Air Force planners are considering a myriad of approaches. But they believe increasing the retention bonus could have the most immediate impact.
This fiscal year, a total of 1,230 pilots—including Active Duty, Air National Guard, Reserve, and foreign military members—will graduate undergraduate pilot training, according to the Air Force. But the service is increasing class sizes to reach 1,400 pilots a year.
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