The US Navy Needs More Pete “Maverick” Mitchells

After more than three decades, how is it that Pete “Maverick” Mitchell is still satiating his need for speed? Under DoD’s “up or out” manpower policy, shouldn’t he have been forced to retire years ago?

As word arrived of the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick, the Navy Personnel Command noted that Maverick’s continued service is technically possible under current policy, but highly unlikely. From my perspective as an active-duty F/A-18 pilot, leaders should be asking: why does the U.S. military not have a framework that retains highly trained experts in technical fields?