[Ripped from the front page of Military.com]
AF Reaches Out to Flight-rated Officers
Faced with a shortfall of about 1,600 flight-rated officers, the Air Force is reaching out to pilots, air battle managers and navigators who have left active duty, service officials said Wednesday.
Under a program authorized for this calendar year, retirees and reservists -- most from the Inactive Ready Reserve -- can come back to active duty for up to four years, officials said. The program is also open to current or former members of all services.
"We are not soliciting O-6s; we are primarily expecting majors and lieutenant colonels to come back," said Lt. Col. Dewey Duhadway, chief of rated force policy.
The Air Force has received interest from about 1,000 retirees and reservists about the program, Duhadway said on Wednesday.
Those interested in returning to active duty would have go before an aeronautical review board to determine their ratings qualifications, and returnees from the IRR will have to undergo a physical examination, he said.
I think we should all encourage Ward to get back in the cockpit! (that's him, second from the left)...
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