WASHINGTON – The air force says it does not plan on the use of the new flexibility under an executive order signed by the President, Donald Trump to a pilot shortage due to the recall of retired aviators.
Ann Stefanek, the chief of air force media operations, said Sunday the added power provided by Trump is valued, but the air force is not “at this time plan to recall retired pilots.”
Trump last Friday signed the order to the address what the Pentagon says, is a serious pilot shortage.
A Pentagon spokesman says that the air force is currently short about 1,500 pilots, and had indicated that the Minister of Defence to make to the Secretary of the air force to call up to 1000 retired pilots for up to three years.
Under the current law, the air force is limited to the calls of 25 pilots.