Military Accident Rate Up

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The military aircraft accident rate has jumped significantly in the past year and Sen. John McCain has said it’s the natural result of years of penny pinching with the military. "Perhaps the greatest harm to our national security and our military is self-inflicted. I repeat, self-inflicted," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said earlier this year on the senate floor. "We are killing more of our own people in training than our enemies are in combat.” There have been 22 non-combat military aircraft accidents since this time last year, up 38 percent. A total of 37 personnel have been killed in the last year, not including the loss of three service members in the crash of a C-2 Greyhound in the Pacific earlier this week. A dual engine failure is reportedly being investigated as the cause.

The budget cuts are also affecting readiness, according to military.com. According to the data it’s gathered far fewer than half the combined aircraft inventory of the U.S. military services are flyable and fewer still are ready for action. A parts shortage has maintenance techs cannibalizing some aircraft to keep others flying.  But perhaps the greatest threat is the stress on the existing pilot pool that the current shortage of 2,000 military aviators is causing. Pilots are being shuffled from stateside deployments to meet operational requirements and that’s creating shortages at training units and stress in the personal lives of the pilots. "[The] shell game leaves non-deployed squadrons well below the number of jets required to keep aviators proficient," Navy Vice Adm. Troy Shoemaker told the House Armed Services subcommittee earlier this month, according to military.com.

Comments (7)

Self-inflicted? Indeed and his imminence McCain was right at the center of it from the beginning when his gross mismanagement and incompetence in running his campaign in 2008 led to the election of a total unknown who was himself incompetent beyond belief but elected nonetheless on the sole basis of Political Correctness. After 8 years of "penny pinching" and dragging people and equipment to/from the M.E. where they and their equipment were destroyed in fighting other country's civil wars with ISIS and the Taliban with ROEs and foreign policy initiatives that ensured defeat, what does his "imminence" John McCain have to say about the election of Trump who can and will eventually fix the mess: "We would be better off if Obama were still President." Brilliant simply brilliant!!! McCain is the last source to seek advice on any subject related to our national security. He is in sum a blathering incompetent fool who should not be chairing the Senate Armed Services Committee nor any committee, none, nada, zero. Get him out of the way and there might be a chance that our military services could be restored to the level of readiness it should be.

Posted by: Paul D. Young | November 27, 2017 7:53 AM    Report this comment

I think you mean "Emminence" for which McCain is clearly qualified. This is no way to talk about a war hero that served his country more ways than most and I am guessing, but probably a lot more than Mr. Young.
Have some respect!

Posted by: Joe Preston | November 27, 2017 8:33 AM    Report this comment

If McCain wasn't such a maverick the US navy would have 4 more airplanes. Being the Admiral's son he got a lot more leeway then anybody else in his group. A war hero in his own mind.

Posted by: RICHARD JONES | November 27, 2017 9:05 AM    Report this comment

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Posted by: RICHARD JONES | November 27, 2017 9:08 AM    Report this comment

I ECHO THE COMMENTS OF MR. JONES..!!!!
Why did you ruin this news letter?
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Posted by: Jack Kane | November 27, 2017 10:35 AM    Report this comment

I ECHO THE COMMENTS OF MR. JONES..!!!!
Why did you ruin this news letter?
Why can't I read all the news at once anymore?
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Posted by: Jack Kane | November 27, 2017 10:36 AM    Report this comment

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Posted by: Donald Weber | November 27, 2017 2:07 PM    Report this comment

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