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  1. 4 points
    What an odd comment to make to an Apache guy. You come across as a weird and ignorant dude. I mean that in a constructive way. Recommend not making every comment about yourself.
  2. 3 points
    Yup. Because I have 2BPZ and 1BPZ “as met” packages complete with the signed PRF from my SR. You are trying to apply the O-4 promotion process to the O-5 process and they are a completely different animal. O-4: 75% DP allocation and 95%+ selection rate. Of course doing your job and not failing a PT test (also your job) will get you promoted. O-5: ~55% DP allocation and
  3. 3 points
    You might be the new Bender. Bendy
  4. 3 points
    Your tiny view of the AF is not very accurate for the broader force. Many SRs write and submit complete 2BPZ PRFs. They have to do the work anyway (unless the member elects to submit it blank). It also gives the member two draft versions before the IPZ goes live. But be careful, as you can have 2BPZ and 1BPZ with all the right pieces...and a new SR comes in and decides your PRF doesn’t need that “definitely promote” in the bottom line. I know someone who went to the SR after they weren’t promoted with a P (reindeer games) wound up getting his PRF invalidated, and going to a supplemental board with an outright DP. I know many other people who have asked for the feedback. It is only quibbling if you go to argue. If you go to truly understand why you didn’t get what you thought you deserved, then it can be valuable. Most Sq/CCs don’t really understand strats and pushes. Many Gp/CCs don’t either. My Sq/CC told me straight to my face that my PRF was great. I said it wasn’t. Guess who was right? I’ve seen too many good people get burned by not knowing there is even a game to play when they’re Lt and Capt.
  5. 2 points
    The only thing 'wrong' about this is that it took 4 years to get approved; I saw worse abuses of religious accommodation on active duty...
  6. 2 points
  7. 1 point
    Ignore trolls. He will eventually go away. Unless we ban him first.
  8. 1 point
    Dude not just an Apache guy (though former now), I was overhead at Frontnac We were useless. And that was a situation where I didn’t have to spend 8 minutes launching an aircraft while the horde closes in around me chucking grenade and small arms fire at my incredibly vulnerable aircraft. Yes despite the fact making fun of SF is fun, they do in fact have a point. Security is produced and maintained at the lowest level and will be made or broken there. Saying “who needs crew serves and other stuff we’ve got Apaches on the flight line we can launch” is something said by idiots. Either maintain and train a security personnel cadre that is equipped to deal with the real world threat (small team synchronized raid style attack not drunk mom in minivan breaching an ECP) which we could find both in COIN or as an asymmetric use in near peer (NK SF forces on OSAN for example) or just kill the mission entirely and pay the Army or somebody else to do it for you. Otherwise you’ve learned nothing that hasn’t been repeatedly demonstrated since the Rat Patrol first took the legs out from under the Luftwaffe in NA with nothing but a couple Lewis Guns and Jeep’s. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 1 point
    As others have said, besides non-rev, most carriers have a discounted ticket program. I've found DALs is pretty hit or miss with Orbitz sometimes being a better deal. We also have a perks program that has all kinds of discounts on various things for travel (hotels, rental cars, cruises, etc...). If you're still MIL, I would look at grabbing the AMEX platinum or Chase Sapphire Cards as the fees are waived while your still AD or on AD orders. They offers some additional perks like pay for global entry (must have IMHO), some travel expenses and club access. Might even be worth it once you're flying for an airline, especially if you commute. I've had pretty good luck with non-revving, but it's usually just me and a chick, traveling with kids might be more stressful. At DAL we can reserve the JS for pleasure travel a few days out and once you sign up for it, it's yours, unless a FED or LCA kicks you out. I think all other carriers are similar, though when I was at American it was still strictly seniority based and senior dudes could/would kick out last minute (terrible, but that may have changed). Some things I have learned from non-rev travel; - If there are multiple flights a day, try to show for the earliest flight. - Travel on off days/seasons (each market is different) greatly increases chances of success. - Seek out the oddball legs when trying to get to Europe (IND/CVG/RDU to CDG come to mind)...they almost always have open seats. - Even if the flight shows negative (or no open seats) I often get on. - Figure out how to use ID90.com and get a ZED fare BEFORE you show up to the airport....painful lesson for me. - If it's important, just buy tickets, we make plenty enough money. - Be willing to call it a failure and make an impromptu vacation out of wherever you end up. I've actually found these to be quite fun. - NOTHING in Europe is worth riding in coach...come back back tomorrow when 1st class is available lol. To add to Torques post. ALPA App - You don't have to be a member or even sign in. It has a section that tells you how to JS on every carrier out there. It also has a listing of all the KCMs, their locations and hours. FlightStats App - Great for finding flights between two destinations. Individual carrier apps - I've downloaded them all and found them useful from time to time. Aside from the above, I find the following useful for non-rev travel Mobile Passport - Great for getting through international security. It's quick, free and easy to use...I often zip through security and have to wait for my crew to get through Global Entry. Hotel tonight - Not bad/not great. Good for finding nearby hotels if you get stuck. CityMaps2Go - Great for foreign locations.
  10. 1 point
    Does this include ANG/Reserve? Would mess with the numbers quite a bit
  11. 1 point
    No.... no they do not. I have been fighting this mentality for years. Even Army leadership doesn’t understand the error in this thinking. We were told the same BS this last rotation through Iraq with the security risks from some of our “partner forces.” Having Apaches or Cobras on the field did literally nothing at Bastion. They will do literally nothing the next place and time either. You’ve got an enemy dressed like the good guys fighting small pockets of good guys in close proximity with nobody aware of where anybody is. Even if you could get the aircraft launched under fire then what? I get to just start picking and choosing my best guess and laying out 30 and rockets? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. 1 point
    Remember, we’re still looking at a YG that was offered RIF and VSP. Many of my friends got out in 2014. When we get to the 09 YG and beyond, where it will be their first opportunity to vote with their feet, expect abysmal take rates. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 1 point
    I got my Maj, 2BPZ, and 1BZ directly from my WG/CC in the wing conference room, and he'd booked out the next 90 minutes to talk to the folks he'd just given PRFs to.
  14. 1 point
  15. 1 point
    I may be too skeptical, but I’d truly like to see the data used to green up the spreadsheet with these “results”
  16. 1 point
    Worth a read on what troubles the AF: https://warontherocks.com/2018/11/heed-the-grail-knight-can-the-air-force-choose-wisely/
  17. 1 point
    Dude seriously... This... exactly what you just said is the attitude that fuels the notion the Army gets that the Air Force is disconnected and uninterested in supporting the warfighter. You say this to some Ranger riding in the back of a Chinook to the X night after night or to the poor bastard that’s rolling down Route 1 doing yet another IED clearance patrol and you get (and largely deserve) a complete scoff. To think otherwise means Kuwait is a Deployment, active combat operations actually ceased, and dudes getting IDF’d at Dahlke we’re tragic victims of some accident as part of a forward deployed “supporting effort.” Is it perpetual and self serving, absolutely. Does our collective leadership seem to be writing its guidance in sand/crayon... no doubt. Are we still actively engaged in combat with a military force who seeks to do us harm both there and abroad... to deny otherwise would be foolish. And no that attitude isn’t exclusive of service. God knows the Army Fobbits turning people away at the Independence Chow Hall because they have dirty uniforms don’t understand it’s a war either. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 1 point
    For some reason it’s only the name/AF tape Velcro that sucks. Taking a patch off the arms is about as hard as getting your drunk recently divorced buddy to leave the strip club.
  19. 1 point
    They did “sue” the Navy over that exact COA (and somehow won which I don’t get). Really the Marine thing is just stupid. They did the equivalent of the kid that gets handed the candy licking it all and saying the other kids couldn’t have any. Especially considering all they did was steal a Canadian pattern and with the help of some Army money “develop” and patent a unique pattern like we hadn’t been wearing the same pattern at the time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. 1 point
    I’m still at my RPA squadron but I am PCSing to a cockpit after the new year, got my assignment a few months ago, finally dropped orders today. I was a UPT D from the round 3 years ago. As a recat your only option is white jet, so with your med status T-1s are probably your only bet. Hopefully you can snag a jet. I here the AF is looking to ramp up UPT, going to require more instructors
  21. 1 point
    Currently in UPT and have heard rumors of unsponsored hires being able to be assigned to the reserve squadron after graduation if said persons couldn't find a unit at the end of training. I highly highly doubt a reserve training squadron will sponsor somebody and send them to UPT though. Best bet would be go unsponsored if unsponsored boards are still happening.
  22. 1 point
    I’ll tell you that being a Patch should not mean you just PA to O-5. I’ll also tell you that you do not have to be a Patch to be a shit hot tactician. Some of the most lethal aviators I know are not Patches and some of the most garbage officers I know are Patches. Don’t let labels define who you are in the AF.
  23. 1 point
    The one who gets irrationally angry when someone wants the standards upheld? No, I'd agree you're the commander and I'm the guy trying to be the voice of reason.
  24. 1 point
    One year ago today. Stuck was a great guy.
  25. 1 point
    Part and parcel with one of the cancers that has been growing in AF leadership over the last 10-15 years: nobody wants to make a decision, lest their superior disagree with that decision and it reflect poorly on them. So, we have raised an entire generation of "leaders" (really "managers") who have to "run it up the chain" for absolutely every decision. And this attitude is reflected, now, by the superiors themselves, who expect this kind of "mother, may I" out of their subordinates. The grand result is that nobody is really empowered to make any decision, and few commanders have the balls to just make a decision <gasp> and risk their bosses not liking it.
  26. 1 point
  27. 1 point
    There are other folks who currently fly for them, ahem, and haven't heard such a rumor.
  28. 1 point
    As long as the American public allows themselves to believe that the current conflicts cost them nothing more than an occasional “thank you for your service”, nothing will change.
  29. 1 point
    Afghanistan is definitely a war. What is the timeline when a war becomes a conflict in your mind?

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