Donald Trump signed an amendment to Executive Order 13223 which will give the US Air Force powers to recall retired military officers to come back on duty. The decision comes a few weeks after banning trans troops from serving. Order 13223 was originally signed by George W Bush in September 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to the current update it was “in furtherance of the objectives of Proclamation 7463… which declared a national emergency by reason of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.” “We’re 1,500 pilots short, and if we don’t find a way to turn this around, our ability to defend the nation is compromised,” General David L Goldfein, the US Air Force Chief of Staff, told UPI. The term ‘national emergency’ caused a concern, however he signed it citing shortages despite trans troops being legally banned from all military branches.