Allen B. West

Bonuses can’t keep Air Force pilots to stay

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We’ve already reported on concerns regarding combat readiness of the Army and Marine Corps. Now the United States Air Force is facing a shortage of fighter pilots. According to a report from the Air Force Times, fighter pilots are doing a fly by on $225,000 bonuses. In other words, the Air Force can’t pay them to stay. The reason? Because of the sequester, many squadrons are grounded. Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Nov. 7 that pilots told him they were “bored” because their squadrons weren’t flying.

The sequester has indeed helped to reduce the deficit but due to a lack of budgetary prioritization from the Obama administration, it has had a detrimental effect on military readiness. Once again, the US military is being punished as the bill payer for domestic spending junkets — something I experienced during my military career in the Clinton years.

Perhaps if President Obama cared less about expanding the welfare nanny-state, we wouldn’t have been forced to ground 13 combat squadrons of approximately 15-20 aircraft each. I’m quite certain I’m not the only person reading this report — you can bet China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are calculating their next moves. The world is a dangerous Machiavellian place.

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