The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has re-instated and boosted its pilot-retention bonus, to try to stem annual wastage of trained military pilots.

Defence-industry, science and personnel minister Bronwyn Bishop says that the figure of 33 pilots who left the three services in 1991, when the previous scheme was dumped, had risen to 89 by 1995/6. The renewal, open to pilots of Flt Lt or Sqn Ldr (and in some cases Wg Cdr) rank or equivalent, will selectively target pilots whose qualification and experience may be attractive to airlines. Operating across the three services, it is limited to qualified flying instructors, fighter combat instructors, experimental test pilots, and some other specific command categories.

Pilots would be paid, pre-tax, A$50,000 ($40,000) to sign up for a three-year renewal, A$75,000 for four years, and A$120,000 for five years. The bonus can be taken up at any time in a current term.

Source: Flight International