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"It's not enough for us to scream in the echo chamber of the people who are already invested in our service," said Vice Adm. John Mustin.
The change could allow up to 100 more Americans to join the Air Force each month.
The Navy wants to bolster its active-duty end strength by more than 5,000 sailors in fiscal 2024.
The service has nibbled at the edges of a 2,000-pilot shortage for years.