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Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces initiatives to lessen pilot shortage
Air Force officials announced three additional initiatives designed to enhance mission readiness by keeping pilots in the service and bringing retired pilots back to fill critical-rated positions.
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2017
Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, testifies before the House Armed Services subcommittee on Military Personnel about the nation's pilot shortage March 29, 2017, in Washington, D.C.  Grosso testified with Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Mark Brilakis, the deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs; Navy Vice Adm. Robert Burke, the chief of naval personnel; and Army Maj. Gen. Erik Peterson, the director of Army aviation.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) AF addresses pilot shortage
Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso, the Air Force manpower, personnel and services deputy chief of staff, testified on the pilot shortage before the House Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2017.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program updates released
Air Force officials released details on the fiscal year 2017 Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program Feb. 23, 2017. This year’s program consists of 80 Air Force specialties and continues the practice of offering larger sums of money initially up front.
0 2/23
2017
Default Air Force Logo $35,000 bonuses available for RPA pilots to stay beyond initial commitment
The Air Force has authorized $35,000 critical skills retention bonus (CSRB) programs for qualified remotely piloted aircraft pilots.
0 10/24
2016
Maj. Bishane, a 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, controls an aircraft from Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Remotely piloted aircraft pilots work closely with intelligence officers, sensor operators and maintainers to complete mission objectives. RPA personnel deal with the stressors of deployed service members while maintaining the normalcy of their day-to-day lives through programs designed to enhance communication skills, family and spiritual growth. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.) RPA pilots set to receive $35,000 annual bonus
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced an increase to the service’s remotely piloted aircraft pilot bonus Aug. 10 in a multi-pronged approach to increase RPA manning and incentivize RPA pilots within a community that has operated at surge capacity for more than 10 years.
0 8/11
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program list triples
Air Force officials released details on the fiscal year 2016 Selective Re-enlistment Bonus program Feb. 1. This year’s program, consisting of 117 Air Force specialties eligible to receive bonuses, is a substantial increase from the previous year’s program where 40 Air Force specialty codes were eligible.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo AF announces FY16 aviator bonuses: RPA pilots eligible for first time
Eligible active-duty aviators have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2016 Aviator Retention Pay or Critical Skills Retention Bonus programs, Air Force officials announced Dec. 15.
2 12/15
2015
Default Air Force Logo AF rolls out details to improve RPA mission
In response to a critical shortage of remotely piloted aircraft pilots, the Air Force rolled out more details of its plan to fix the problem in both the short and long term. The most recent initiatives include creating bonuses for RPA pilots of $15,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2016; placing some newly minted pilots in RPA squadrons beginning in August; and investing more than $100 million to buy more ground control stations, simulators and contract instructors.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo AF announces 23 AFSCs on reenlistment bonus list
Enlisted Airmen in 23 Air Force specialty codes may be eligible to receive a selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) effective March 12, Air Force officials announced March 12. The Air Force is moving forward with a higher end-strength, so AFSCs eligible for the SRB program will increase to address retention of experienced Airmen in some key mission areas such as maintenance, signals intelligence and mental health.
0 3/13
2015
Default Air Force Logo 45 AFSCs removed from SRB list as AF gets leaner, smaller
Forty-five AFSCs will no longer be eligible for the selective reenlistment bonus effective Dec. 5 with the advent of the new selective reenlistment bonus list, Air Force officials announced today.
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