It’s time the Military focus on why Pilots leave the Airforce to join commercial airlines. This issue plagues the most honorable Air Forces around the world. Veteran Pilots who are invaluable to the country tend to leave their ranks to fly civilian planes. This trend has led to a pilot shortage in the fighter pilot community.

The Problem

There is a lack of data that fails to understand the post-service career of pilots. Air Forces have started to offer attractive bonuses but to no avail. The wrong incentives offered to pursue pilots to remain on duty have failed. It seems the damage is done, and airlines offers better perks than the army.

It shows that the Defense Department fails to comprehend the pilot’s decision to stay or leave the military. The problem doesn’t only restrict to fixed-wing pilots. Rotor or Helicopter pilots also make this transition.

Their Reasons

It’s crucial because most pilots who leave have years of flying experience. Their knowledge can be invaluable to the organization and its young recruits. Instead of bestowing others with what they have learned, they switch to commercial airlines.

A common reason we learned after speaking with several veterans after serving for a set time or reaching a specific rank, you don’t get to fly. Instead, you are signed to a desk job or retired. It's common for pilots who retired as Lieutenant Colonel to fly for top Airlines.

They ascend to commercial liners quicker than other trainees, and it makes them valuable to the agency. Many pilots said that when your retirement letter says something “Thank You for Your Service,” it worries you.
There is no follow-up or guidance on what to do after your military career. Military pilots will love to serve if only some opportunity is presented to them.

Therefore, most pilots whose careers are reaching their end tend to jump on opportunities presented by Civilian Sector.

Yes, the civilian sector appreciates their experience and knowledge more than military even if their career faded away. Therefore, even helicopter pilots undergo training programs like to switch from rotors to fixed wings.

Possible Improvements

It’s imperative that the military finds a way to gather information about the employment history of their former pilots. The military needs to change how it analyses staffing levels by officer grades. Doing this will assure that retention bonuses are only given to the most deserving candidates. The military also underestimated the forecasted number of future airline hires, and compensation.

It's evident that pilots with a proven record would adapt to change and switch to the civilian sector. It is an attractive alternate than retiring to waste their life away. Put simply; the military should have thought about these individuals before.

It’s never too late, therefore the military needs to take strict action to keep their workforce from switching to the civilian sector. There is a trend in private airlines that pilots embrace the family culture and become instructors shortly after they upgrade to captain.
The military should offer such incentives. It will be a great way to train recruits while satisfying their experienced staff.

Author's Bio: 

Md Rasel is a professional blogger.