THE OPS DESK

NAVY AIMS AT READINESS AND RETENTION

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The ability for US Navy pilots to opt out of command tracks and into more stable instructor pilot slots is aimed squarely at retaining experience. Jamie Hunter

BRINGING YOU THE LATEST TALK FROM AROUND THE SQUADRONS

THERE IS A well-documented pilot shortage in the ranks of all military aviation components in the US. Though the US Air Force and its reserve components have been hit the hardest of all, the US Navy is also feeling the effects in a big way. A lot of talk has been heard about possible solutions, many of which revolve around the concept of throwing more money at pilots. However, the consensus the tactical aviation community — the Super Hornet squadrons, specifically — as well as trying to find ways to improve the quality of life for naval aviators, NFOs and their families. That includes efforts to revamp and improve both personal and ‘professional growth’ opportunities for flyers.

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