The Air Force Pilot Shortage

A Crisis for Operational Units?

by William W. Taylor, S. Craig Moore, Charles Robert Roll, Jr.

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Abstract

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

  • Chapter One

    The Pilot Shortage

  • Chapter Two

    Experience Levels in Operation Units: The Real Issue

  • Chapter Three

    Controlling Experience Levels

  • Chapter Four

    Conclusions

  • Appendix A

    A Brief Overview of RAND's Operational Unit Training Model

  • Appendix B

    Derivation of Formulas Used in Low-Experience Examples

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