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Air Force pilots could have up to 420,000 reasons to stay in the service. The service is raising bonuses to up to $420,000 to pilots who re-up.

  • Larry Spencer (Ret.), 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, thinks these increases are a good idea and will save money over time because starting over with new pilots is expensive.
  • He said the Air Force (and country at large) is struggling with a pilot shortage, and because the government cannot compete with commercial airlines in pay, the Air Force wanted to offer something affordable that would be attractive to pilots and their families.
  • Even though demand for pilots is not as high as it has been at times due to the pandemic, these patterns are cyclical, so it’s smart that the Air Force is planning ahead for increased demand, Spencer said.
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