The United States Air Force is facing the largest peacetime pilot shortage in its history. This report examines the origin and nature of the shortage along with retention issues, and shows that the real problem is experience levels in operational units. It includes insight gained from RAND's participation in the Rated Management Task Force (RMTF) convened by the Air Force Chief of Staff to define and study these issues.
Table of Contents
The Pilot Shortage
Experience Levels in Operation Units: The Real Issue
Controlling Experience Levels
A Brief Overview of RAND's Operational Unit Training Model
Derivation of Formulas Used in Low-Experience Examples
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