Accession Number:

ADA533214

Title:

The Air Force Pilot Shortage. A Crisis for Operational Units?

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND PROJECT AIR FORCE ARLINGTON VA

Report Date:

2000-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

66.0

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 RANDs participation in the Rated Management Task Force RMTF convened by the Air Force Chief of Staff to define and study these issues. The study was undertaken in the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program and the Resource Management Program of RANDs Project AIR FORCE. It originated in a project on readiness but later was tailored to address issues raised within the Air Force. The study team expanded its endeavor to incorporate direct assistance work on pilot retention and rated management for the DCSPlans and Operations and the DCSPersonnel, Headquarters USAF. This report also documents response to specific questions raised by the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force regarding the potential for Total Force alternatives to alleviate active unit experience problems that the analysis identified. The study team communicated key results to appropriate Air Force leaders before the Four-Star Rated Summit made its critical policy decisions on pilot production and absorption for Fiscal Year 2000 and beyond. The report should be of interest to those concerned with rated management and pilot retention problems, operational unit readiness, and Total Force manning and integration initiatives.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE