-- The United States Air Force has been authorized to recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active-duty service to address an acute shortage in its ranks.
An Air Force spokeswoman said, however, that there are currently no plans to recall any retired pilots.
“The Air Force does not currently intend to recall retired pilots to address the pilot shortage," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said. "We appreciate the authorities and flexibility delegated to us.”
Secretary of Air Force Heather Wilson has said the service was short 1,555 pilots at the end of the 2016 fiscal year, including 1,211 fighter pilots.
To help make the pilot job more attractive, the Air Force expanded its aviation bonus program in August and increased incentive pay earlier this month for officers and enlisted crew members for the first time since 1999, according to Wilson.
On Friday, the government announced it was going further with a recall of retirees into active service.
"We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Ross said in a statement Friday. "The pilot supply shortage is a national level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come,"
ABC News' Sarah Shales contributed to this report.