White House allows Air Force to recall 1,000 retired pilotsStaff Writer | October 22, 2017
The Air Force has the authority to recall 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.
Defense The executive order
"We anticipate that the secretary of defense will delegate the authority to the secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement obtained by USA Today.
The executive order could be used to call up more officers and in other branches.
Air Force officials have said the service was 1,500 pilots short. ■