Naval aviation faces a manpower crisis that will worsen as the airline hiring binge continues through 2030.1 In response, the Navy must increase measures to retain pilots and encourage aviators to choose continued service over a civilian transition.
Many departing aviators cite low job satisfaction as a reason for leaving the service and a major source of that dissatisfaction stems from a disproportionate time spent on administrative duties over tactical proficiency. An example of an administrative burden is creating the flight schedule. This can consume upward of five hours of coordinated effort between a junior officer who drafts the schedule, an operations officer (department head) who reviews the schedule, and the commanding officer who gives final approval. However, improvements in computer processing speeds, advancements in data analytics, and the migration of data needed to write the schedule to the cloud make it possible to automate the creation of the flight schedule and minimize the need for human involvement.