Navy: New aviator incentives starting to have an impact

NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy says incentives meant to help retain aviators are starting to have an impact. Retention for pilots can pose a problem for the Navy and other military branches, especially when the economy is doing well.

“The Navy invests a lot of time and a lot of money in training pilots. When the economy is good, we see a lot of aviators taking advantage of the opportunity to get out. For example, go to the civilian airlines. We want to retain those people because we’ve got a lot invested in them so the Navy has come along with a number of different bonuses,” CDR Dave Hecht with Naval Air Force Atlantic told News 3 anchor Todd Corillo.