Running head: ASSIGNMENT: LITERATURE REVIEW1Literature reviewMichael A. CoutureEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
ASSIGNMENT: LITERATURE REVIEW2Air Force Pilot RetentionI.IntroductionThe United States Air Force spends a great deal of time and money to develop its pilots. After all, where would the Air Force be without its pilots? The Air Force is facing a great problem however, and that is the retention of its pilots. Pilots are required to commit 10 years to the service after they complete their training, which is roughly two years. This is a huge problem for the Air Force as the need for highly competent pilots is increasing. So why is the Air Force having such a hard time keeping them? The Air Force is looking to solve this issue before it continues to get worse and effects the strength of the service. II.Literature Review Previous research on the loss of military pilots from service have discovered many possible answers as to why the Air Force cannot keep them. The Air Force’s Chief of Staff (2016) says that the service is short 700 fighter pilots but has a plan to fix that. That’s a 21% shortfall from what the service needs to be fully operational. The shortage is not necessarily finding the qualified people to become pilots, it is keeping them in service. Many believe the biggest reason for this is due to the commercial airlines hiring. Susan Carey (2014) wrote “A shortage of qualified pilots has hit U.S. airlines sooner and more severely than expected, leading the airlines to accelerate hiring and cut some service”. How severe is the shortage? A startup carrier based in Portland Oregon filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2016 citing the current pilot shortage as a factor (Withrow, 2017). The Boeing Company’s 2016 Pilot & Technician Outlookpredicts that there is a need for 617,000 new pilots worldwide over the next 20 years (Withrow, 2017). That shortage of pilots has led to the airlines looking to hire qualified applicants to backfill opening positions. The problem for the airlines however is that they cannot just hire
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- Spring '14
- Aviator, pilots