C-17 Pilot Manning: The Need for a Plan Based on Capabilities and Lessons Learned
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Decline in airlift pilot experience over the past few years has become a subject of intense interest to Military Airlift Command personnel managers and commanders. This study outlines that concern with application toward the projected C-17 manning requirement. Present and projected 1990 pilot experience and manning levels of all airlift systems become key ingredients of the future ability to man the airlift force. Acquisition of the C-5B and C-17 coupled with the airlift total force concept will drive pilot requirements through the early 1990s. The activereserve force mix will not only define those requirements, but will impact the capability of the active force to meet them. Lowered experience within airlift line units and the projection of an even younger pilot force by 1990 establishes the need to develop a comprehensive plan to manage airlift pilot requirements. The introduction of the C-17 into the airlift inventory compounds this need. The C-5 was the last new airlift major weapon system acquired by the Air Force and past pilot force management decisions offer many valuable lessons for developing the overall plan. This paper does not constitute a manning design per se, but calls for a development of a consistency applied master manning plan. The actual plan can be developed as specific C-17 delivery information is received.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
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