The Aircrew Crisis Task Force, which the service began to assemble in March to address its
completed a two-week summit held at JB Charleston, S.C., on Friday that
was focused on improving pilot retention for the service. The summit
brought together aviators and subject matter experts from multiple USAF
major commands to identify common retention issues and develop
solutions. One of the summit’s central tasks was to examine the exit
surveys of pilots separating from the Air Force in order to understand
the most common reasons for leaving. After their work was finished,
teams from the summit reported their findings to generals from
Headquarters Air Force, Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command, US
Special Operations Command, and Air Education and Training Command. The
Air Force has already announced a first raft of
emerging from the summit conversations, including the first increase in
aviation bonuses since 1999 and a new program aimed at returning
retired pilots to Active Duty in non-flying positions.
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