U.S. Air Force Banked Pilots. Is the Interest Worth the Deposits?
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The world changed a great deal between 1987 and 1991. In 1987, the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact posed a significant threat to the United States--a threat which disappeared a mere four years later. By 1991, the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union crumbled, and the Cold War was over. The end of the Cold War may have allowed the world to breathe a bit easier, but for the United States Air Force a new battle had just begun. The Air Force, which spent the last ten years preparing for a war which never came, suddenly found itself with too many pilots. Planning of the 1980s had caught up with the political reality of the 1990s. For the first time in Air Force history, pilots coming out of Undergraduate Pilot Training were relegated to desk jobs. Similar to a bank into which one deposits money, the Air Force created a bank into which it deposited pilots. They would later be withdrawn as they were needed.
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