Air Force warns it is SEVEN HUNDRED fighter pilots short amid three air wars against Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Libya

Thursday, August 11, 2016
By Paul Martin

The US Air Force is struggling to fill a shortage of 700 fighter pilots by the end of the year
Secretary Deborah Lee James says she is planning to pay drone pilots a retention bonus of $35,000 a year to encourage them to stay longer
The dire news comes as the U.S. battles in three air wars against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syria and Libya
James said the pilot shortage could grow to 1,000 in a couple years.

DailyMail.com
11 August 2016

The U.S. Air Force is struggling to fill a shortage of 700 fighter pilots by the end of the year, even as the U.S. battles in three air wars against the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James also told Pentagon reporters Wednesday that she is planning to pay drone pilots a $35,000 a year retention bonus to encourage them to stay in the service.

The 35,000 a year retention bonus would be an increase over $25,000 bonus the service has been allowed to provide. And all drone pilots would be eligible once their service contract is up.

She added that Air Force needs the authority to increase bonuses for all pilots in order to address the shortage.

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