Media reports suggesting that the Air Force might require some pilots to stay in uniform beyond their agreed-to separation dates are not true, said the service's top officer.
The Air Force is meeting with airline companies May 18th, but the service isn't expecting to solve the pilot shortage quickly.
Three senior Air Force generals urged lawmakers to pass a complete budget, warning that another continuing resolution would have consequences for the Air Force so dire that all training missions would be grounded for two months.
The Air Force's problem lies not in pilot recruitment, but rather retention. Meanwhile, the major airlines are enjoying a financial boom.
The Air Force alone is dealing with a shortage of more than 600 pilots. The service is having trouble competing with airlines that can pay pilots more.
The Air Force is set to begin training some of its enlisted members to fly aircraft next month — the first time it’s done so since it became a separate military service in 1947.