It’s voluntary at the moment. They *do* have a pilot shortage. I think it’s for any retired pilot under the age of 60.
It’s also opened for all the branches of the military, which I think was a different Executive Order. That has less direct reasons.
I remember when the Reservists were called to serve overseas by George W. It kind of shocked me at the time because until then, I assumed the Reserve was exclusively for domestic security.
These days, restarting the draft program wouldn’t surprise me. Of course, most of the people calling for it are conveniently too old to do it themselves. Oh well.
Looks like it opens up funding to encourage their return too. I hope many are employed as trainers for new recruits more than having to go through retraining programs (physical fitness and such).I’m sure some will be happy to have their Rocky Balboa moment of course, so long as it’s voluntary.
I just don’t like the signs of it being a precursor to war. If it was just giving the air force the extra money and experience they needed I wouldn’t think much about it. But opening it up to all the branches reminds me of similar times in the past.But from the air force’s POV, it makes sense.
They’re still sending the youngins’ out. Remember when you’re 70, someone who’s 59 was in Kindergarten when they were graduating high school.
I like him in his current role. What’s his role like as leader with the ability to recall anyone at any time? Well, we’ll see. He seems to have a square head on his shoulders though so far.
It really *was* red stain but I didn’t think much of it looking like blood at the time. I think the big deal at the time was Central America. Never heard a word about the Middle East ’til the invasion of Iraq in 91.