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  1. The admission/enrollment side was friendly initially; the discipline-specific staff (dean, instructor) less so. Generally inflexible and hostile towards reasonable requests to maneuver within the bounds of a particular course's syllabus while still accomplishing course objectives. Much as propflux encountered students with no business being in the program, there are occasional instructors with no business holding that position or title. However, if you assess Brandman to be a good fit, my animosity towards them and their non-MBA-related program should not be a factor for you. Three caveats up front: 1) I haven't seen the following COA run to completion, so it is speculative and spears for me are welcome; 2) Attending WIC solely for the purpose of executing the following COA is the absolute wrong answer; and 3) AFIT NWEPP could be tough to get into if you don't work in the nuke world. All that said, if you go WIC/AFIT NWEPP-->Air University Online Master's in Operational Warfare or Nuke Weapons-->O-4 Select-->ACSC, this would allow you to min run IDE/PME and still get something out of it. Completing WIC/AFIT NWEPP reduces your Air University Master's course requirements to 6x8-week core courses, and then you are Master's complete. The AU Master's gets you credit for several ACSC courses, and then you do the rest of ACSC. Alternately, complete the AU Masters without WIC or AFIT, get credit for some ACSC courses, then finish the rest of ACSC. This keeps you flying the line, and saves your own money, TA, or GI Bill for a brick and mortar program later on if you want it.
  2. I recommend against Brandman. A close friend picked this school for convenience sake, though in fairness, it was for a different program than MAOL. There are some real pieces of work that are employed by Brandman and long story short they made it very difficult for my friend to remain enrolled and maintain steady progress through the program while handling several family emergencies. Ended up filing a couple formal complaints with both Brandman and the professional organization that accredited the particular school. I do recommend looking in to Washington State University's MBA program, which is available 100% online. I almost enrolled a few years ago but I got picked up for UPT and life took some other interesting turns. The program isn't fast or easy, but they will waive the GMAT requirement under certain circumstances, and it carries the credibility that nunya and Sua Sponte talk about.
  3. It's not too late to get into AFROTC. Call the detachment at your school on Monday. Put your best effort forward in everything you do with regard to applications, academic work, test preparation, and fitness. Not all pilots decided to go that route early on, and not all pilots have natural skills. Show what you are capable of, and leave the questions of worthiness to your instructors.
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    Latest and greatest out of the Air University's transition to Arizona State administration of courseware: You can't be enrolled in ACSC distance learning and the OLMP simultaneously.
  5. Awesome, thank you for keeping it alive! I will absolutely be digging in to the new material.
  6. @Zero I’ve been meaning to ask what became of The Crate. I learned quite a bit from your stories and drawings back in my cadet days - the Sandy upgrade ones were some of my favorites.
  7. Hey who knows, maybe there are customers out there for surplus 30 year old business jets, beat to shit by stan, with that sweet Alpine system
  8. U.S. Air Force's T-1A Jayhawk trainer takes flight with Collins Aerospace avionics Good thing we're putting in glass cockpits so they can fly one last RNAV into the boneyard with terrain awareness all the way down to mins.
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    Copy all. I'm not chasing O-6 by any stretch of the imagination, but if I can get some kind of masters out of the way for $Free.99 that seems like a good deal.
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    Resurrection to ask if OLMP is worth it at the present time and how long it took to complete, or should I just proceed with the Non Master's Program version of IDE (now at 7.0)? For anyone interested, there are now (were there always?) a few program options for those qualified: Edit: Joint Warfare Edit: Operational Warfare (WIC grads only) Nuclear (Requires completion of AFIT NWEPP program) Leadership (anyone)
  11. If we're active duty can we write letters to an editor? I'm feeling unusually compelled to highlight that f*ckstick's fascist ideas as such.
  12. There are AFRC bomb squadrons as well if the thought of blowing $hit up appeals to you. B-1 and B-52 will have CSOs on board for the forseeable future
  13. Agree on both points, and free time is something I don't exactly have right now. Also, paper trail is hard to establish when TFSC case messages auto-delete after a certain period of time. For the casual/inexperienced reader - make sure you screenshot/save every interaction with AFPC. You are the only one looking out for you.
  14. Odd situation/possible low SA on my part at the time: As a CSO with an expired CSO ADSC, I was eligible for the ACP that dropped late September/Early Oct of 18. However, well before that bonus was announced, I was picked up for pilot training. While processing my PCS orders, MPF/TFSC told me that in order to receive those orders to UPT, I had to sign an ADSC stating that if I completed pilot training, I would owe 10 years. Well, I went ahead and signed that, and they tacked on a 10 year UPT ADSC effective on the day I signed it, well before I ever left my pre-UPT assignment. So, months later, when the time came to apply for the bonus, it was of course denied because I had an existing (erroneous) UPT ADSC. This was 8 months before UPT graduation. In fact at the time I was too busy getting my shit pushed in in T-6's to bother trying to fix the ADSC issue. Once I graduated UPT, that 10 year ADSC was updated to reflect my grad date. I'm missing out on $225k of pre-tax bonus here, so does anyone think I have a chance of getting this resolved in my favor? Do I open a case with AFPC, Finance, Legal, IG? Lawyer up? Or do I just STFU and enjoy my window seat?
  15. Bump for the previous question and to add my own: I'm about to turn in my request for circuitous CONUS to OCONUS, skipping the rotator option. TMO filled in two blanks on the memo I got from vMPF. The first says "traveler is authorized a reimbursement amount of ____ ". In that blank, they wrote in the amount the government would pay to get me directly to the port where the rotator departs. It's only a couple hundred bucks. The second blank is "The AMC portion of this request resulted in the excess cost amount of _____". In that blank, they wrote how much the govt would pay for me to take the rotator to PACAF. That amount is over a thousand bucks. Just wanted to run this past someone who's done it before so I don't get hosed when I claim my commercial tickets and they tell me I'm only getting a couple hundred bucks because that's all that was written in the reimbursement line.
  16. https://countycomm.com/collections/bags/products/mid-range-bag-by-maratac This is a decent bag as well, slightly narrower than your dimensions but it holds up well takes up minimal space while still holding a lot.
  17. Stepped away from this thread for a hot minute, but just wanted to thank the recent posters for all the gouge. I have followed a good amount of it already and will continue to reference it.
  18. Thanks all for the responses, I have already implemented some of this advice as I prepare to head over there
  19. Thank you, all that is very helpful!
  20. Just found out I'll be headed to Kadena early next year. I would appreciate any/all current info on life over there, and how to navigate an OCONUS move. I have a few specific questions: 1. HHG - I know I'll get the brief on how this works, but I have it in my mind to sell or give away pretty much everything and start from scratch when I get there. What I have now barely fills a 1br apartment, so there's not much to get rid of. Alternatively, is it better to just ship it all and get reimbursed for whatever gets lost or stolen? 2. Electronics - will my stuff (laptop, stereo) work with just a socket adapter? 3. Housing - Having been TDY there once before, the apartments on the sea wall right by final approach into the airfield look awesome. Are these affordable at O-3/O-4 housing rates? Are they worth the daily traffic jams? 4. Finances - Any recommendations on how to access my money without getting charged foreign transaction fees? Do most places take Visa or Amex? 5. Personal documents - Single, 0 dependents, so I'm thinking of getting a safe deposit box in CONUS near trusted family and keeping it all there while I'm gone. Anything to watch out for with this plan? Thanks in advance for anything anyone has to offer.
  21. I'm on my third and final attempt at the AD UFT board. Currently an Instructor WSO with 77 PCSM, PPL, strong letter of recommendation, and hoping to be granted a TFCSD ETP. My next PCSM hurdle with regard to flight hours is 201+ which would get me to an 81, and cost me about ten grand. The AFOQT I took 10 years ago is dragging my PCSM down. It's been about that many years since I had a good grip on the AFOQT components that comprise the Pilot and Nav scores, so I'm pretty concerned that I'd tank it if I used my second attempt at it. It's anyone's guess if I can scrape by on the whole person concept, just wondering if folks would recommend that I buckle down and try to raise my scores or let it ride. If nothing else, a cautionary tale to the young dudes reading this with time left to affect their scores.
  22. My squadron gives tail flashes to departing members and I've inherited the job of building these. The inherited process is slow, expensive, and results in a shitty product. I want to improve this. I know there are one-stop-shop companies that do tail flashes but they all work in plastic or wood. At one point ours were built using real aircraft sheet metal from the maintenance shops. Those days are long gone, but I have still been restricted to using metal for the tails. Does anyone have experience with companies that make metal tail flashes? Is there a contact for salvage or Boneyard employees who could supply me with aircraft sheet metal? Any and all advice is appreciated.
  23. Revival. B-52 Nav/Radar Nav type. Any bag suggestions?
  24. Brand new Lt here, and a CSO candidate. I am due to report to the OSS at NAS Pensacola one week from today. I have been unable to find a phone number to contact the unit in advance, and the NAS's automated answering service has no options for the Air Force units. If anyone has a number I can call, as well as any information about what to expect when reporting, I would appreciate it very much.
  25. I'm also interested in this as it pertains to CSO types. I'm headed for Pensacola within the year (I hope).
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