Thousands defer plans to leave the military during crisis
Antonio Gozikowski was planning to leave the military next month and head to college. That gap, the Air Force said, could be filled by service members who decide to re-enlist or extend their service. For months, he and his fellow pilots at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois had been talking about which airlines were hiring. The Corps has nearly reached its retention goal of about 12,600 for the fiscal year, with only about 100 or so to get by the end of September. It was updated on May 19, 2020, to correct erroneous reporting that the Air Force is expecting to fall short of its recruiting goal by as much as 5,800 .