Browsing: boredom

Our previous post on Gen. Mark Welsh’s concerns that airmen are growing bored and considering leaving drew several comments from readers, but we’d like to get more of your thoughts. Specifically, we’re wondering what you think the Air Force should do to fix the problem. E-mail me with your thoughts at As always, your name will be kept anonymous if you like.

When you’re a kid, complaining of boredom usually gets you more chores to do around the house. But when you’re serving in an Air Force that is facing deep budget-driven cuts to its flying hours, boredom complaints may be a sign of serious morale and looming retention problems. As we reported, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh last week raised the specter of bored pilots and flight crews while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee: The flying reductions are starting to affect the Air Force’s morale in worrying ways, Welsh said. He said he recently spoke to…