Warrant officer study misses the mark

The Rand Corp. recently made public its study of a possible warrant officer corps [?Rand study: Warrant officer pilots would hurt retention in the Air Force ? but a flying-only track might help,? Air Force Times, Sept. 3].

Rand Corp. concluded that to improve retention, a special flying track for commissioned officers is preferable to re-establishing a warrant officer cadre.

According to Rand, creating a higher paid technical track for commissioned officers would help to keep pilots from jumping to lucrative airline jobs. The study concludes the resulting higher retention rates and lower training costs ?would outweigh the increased personnel costs [of reinstating warrant officers], resulting in net savings for the Air Force.? With respect, the Rand study ignores the hard facts. It overlooks recent pilot interviews indicating that money is not the primary factor for pilots leaving the Air Force.