The Chilean armed forces are suffering from a growing shortage of personnel due to low retention levels, with the army currently facing a gap of 8,000 people while the navy and air force have smaller but no less complicating deficits in their ranks, a senior military source in Santiago has told Jane’s .
As a result of the situation the Chilean Air Force currently has enough pilots to fully operate only 26 of its fleet of 44 F-16 fighters, while a lack of personnel also limits the manning and support of other types of military equipment.
Chile spends more on training per service member than any other Latin American country and the quality of its officers and regular personnel, extensively trained in the services’ academies, and schools, is admired in the region.
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