The US Air Force is short more than one-quarter of the fighter pilots it needs, according to a government report

The Air Force has been warning about its growing pilot shortage for some time. But a government report has found that the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy all have significant shortfalls. The service branches’ stop-gap approaches have created additional problems for pilots, hurting quality of life and affecting retention, the report warns.

Air Force officials have been warning about the force’s dire pilot shortage, and a recent Government Accountability Office report illustrates just how bad the shortfall has gotten.

The report assesses the gaps between the actual number of fighter pilots that the Air Force, Marine Corps, and

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