Despite high hopes, there are only two airmen currently utilizing Air Mobility Command's Aviator Technical Track.
Musk ruffled feathers when he told a room full of pilots that "locally autonomous drone warfare is where it's at."
The U.S. Air Force will fall short in its year-end production goal of reaching 1,480 pilots by the end of fiscal 2020.
The Army has approved a plan to increase incentive pay for aviators, bringing rates in line with the civilian job market.
The head of naval aviation has directed the creation of a new process for approving and reviewing pilots' call signs.
Women make up 28.6% of the 2020 applicant class.
The Marine Corps is offering some former Reserve pilots lucrative bonuses to get them back in the cockpit.
The Navy has invested $1 million in devices and uniforms that help pilots relieve themselves in-flight.
The service said its latest PTN class starts in January and will analyze lessons learned from previous training pipelines.
The letter comes after Saudi national Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani opened fire in a classroom on December 6.