The POTUS gave Air Force special powers over pilot shortage due to trans military ban

FAIRFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 12: The Red Arrows perform as part of the celebrations for the their 50th display season during the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 12, 2014 in Fairford, England. The Royal International Air Tattoo is the largest military air show in the world and attracted tens of thousands of visitors today. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Getty Images)

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.


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