Saturday, October 21, 2017

Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after Trump order



Why would current law put a cap on the number of pilots that can be recalled?
  That just seems silly to me.  If we need the pilots, we need the pilots. 

Fox News reports the Air Force could recall up to 1,000 retired pilots after President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at addressing what the Pentagon has described as an "acute shortage of pilots."

The order, which Trump signed Friday, amends an emergency declaration signed by George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Under current law, the Air Force is limited to recalling just 25 pilots. The order signed by Trump temporarily removes that cap for all branches of the military.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said in a statement that the Air Force is currently "short approximately 1,500 pilots of its requirements."


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