An audit of Canada’s fighter force highlights the grim reality faced by all air forces as they struggle to recruit and retain pilots and engineers. The report by Canada’s auditor general, published on Nov. 20, notes that pilot and engineer shortages have left the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) unable to meet the requirements set out by Ottawa. The report states that up to 22% of RCAF technician positions are either vacant or filled by personnel not yet fully qualified to do ...

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