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The U.S. Air Force faces a shortfall of 700 fighter pilots by the end of 2016, prompting a "crisis" for Air Force chief of staff Gen. David Goldfein.

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The Air Force is facing a pilot shortage, according to CNN.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein say the Air Force will be short 700 pilots by the end of 2016 and 1,000 short by 2022, says CNN.

Apparently, the USAF is having a hard time keeping pilots away from commercial airlines, which keep snatching them up.

As an incentive, CNN says, the Air Force plans to offer pilots more money to lure them in and keep them. Officials are planning to offer an increased retention bonus. Currently, the Air Force offers its pilots $25,000 a year extra to stay for up to nine years, says CNN.

“We've got to make sure that we remain competitive,” Goldfein said.

That patriotism things only goes so far, apparently.

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