(STARS AND STRIPES) -- WASHINGTON — The top general for the Air Force told House lawmakers Wednesday that his service remained short some 2,000 pilots even after years of attempting to curb aviator losses with large bonuses and increased time in the cockpit.
Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, told the House Armed Services Committee that the service was “holding its own” in stabilizing its pilot shortfall and has improved retention numbers among experienced pilots. But the Air Force — just like the other military services — has continued to struggle to attract pilots into its ranks and keep them flying military aircraft.
“This is a national-level issue, not an Air Force-level issue. The nation is not producing enough pilots,” Goldfein said during the hearing to defend the Air Force’s request for about $153.6 billion for fiscal year 2021. “We’re starting to see positive trends … but it’s too early to declare any kind of victory.”
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