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House committee holds hearing on shortage of military pilots

House committee holds hearing on shortage of military pilots
Posted at 2:14 PM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 16:00:10-04

The House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel scheduled a hearing for Wednesday to address a shortage in military pilots.

Scheduled as witnesses were:

  • Lieutenant General Mark A. Brilakis
    Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, United States Marine Corps
  • Vice Admiral Robert P. Burke
    Chief of Naval Personnel, United States Navy
  • Lieutenant General Gina M. Grosso
    Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower and Personnel Services, United States Air Force
  • Major General Erik C. Peterson
    Director, Army Aviation, United States Army

Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said last year that the military is losing pilots to the private sector, creating a shortage.

The 2017 Index of U.S. Military Power says the Air Force has a shortage of 700 pilots and 4,000 maintainers.