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Chaff

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About Chaff

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  • Birthday 03/08/1987

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  1. The application is the same for all related AFSCs. You won't get selected for a container you don't check. I have heard of them offering the option to accept another rated field if they didn't have enough applicants check that container but with no obligation to accept. If you're at Ellsworth go make a friend at the MQ-9 squadron. Someone should be willing to talk to you or show you around. PM me if you need a contact.
  2. Possible, but very unlikely.
  3. 18x pipeline QA post is a good place to start.
  4. Getting into the AF Academy

    Don't enlist AD in an effort to get a slot at the Academy.
  5. Drone Pilots: We Don’t Get No Respect

    RUMINT is that team of 50 recommended a 4 month on 8 month off AEF cycle to match deployed type ops tempo with other MWSs. Allegedly Holloman will meet the output requirements for that sometime in the next 1-2 years. I also hear that 80% of said team was not aircrew. Maybe finance and MPF have secured a way to make themselves less accessible to shift worker.
  6. Enlisted Drone Pilots

    Everyone at home is flying real world missions. Half the time MQ-1/9 Red Flag is canceled because ops units are unable to produce crews, and that doesn't require us to TDY at all. Home station training outside of initial qualification is something like 95% getting dudes launch and recovery qualified so they can deploy, 4.9% Weapons School and 0.1% continuation training. I have flown 1 local sortie in the last 3 years and the squadron average over that time is much lower than 1. If we had the crews to support going TDY to fly they would just cancel it and add 2 more ops lines.
  7. Enlisted Drone Pilots

    Plenty of experienced SOs think they could probably do the job. However, I have yet to meet one that thinks enlisted should do the job.
  8. Ops Sq life is rough and going to get worse before/if it gets better but you really think its worse than all that guineapigfury lol.
  9. The 18X community sounds much worse on these forums than what I have actually seen in the squadron. Shift works sucks no matter who you are, but 18Xers generally seem to be motivated people who enjoy what they are doing, especially when they are single Lts living in Vegas. There are nowhere near as many cranky fvcks around as there were 3 years ago. Still mobility senior Capts / new Majs who have been in RPAs for 3-5 years trying everything they can to get to a manned aircraft but they should soon to be the minority. All the previous UPT directs have been sent to manned aircraft or have decided to stay. All the figher dudes who were good medically and wanted out are back in a fighter or have orders for a fighter assignment.
  10. Drone Pilots: We Don’t Get No Respect

    From enlistment to initial qual would take 1 year of training. Then that 1500 drone hours required to get looked at takes 16 months of flying in an ops squadron. By the end of their 4 year enlistment they could likely be qual'd in two aircraft, Launch and Recovery (if the AF continues to not but auto land) and the hard chargers will be instructors, potential even evaluators if we compare to how SOs and Officer pilots progress now. Unless GA looks at a dude without a degree differently that's 150k+ as a pilot by the end of your 4 year enlistment. I don't know how you turn that down with only four years invested to re-up or take warrant officer pay. But Nuke dudes stay in the Navy so who knows.
  11. Drone Pilots: We Don’t Get No Respect

    In my squadron the only pilots who don't fly shift work are the Patch, DO, CC, and DS. Shop ADOs still fly 6-8 hours a day on shift. Most of the good O-4s that show up get put in charge of a shift fairly quickly. They are like mini DOs in charge of two flights and still fly that 6-8 hours a day.
  12. Drone Pilots: We Don’t Get No Respect

    Why is opening a second RIQ/RFC squadron at Randolph and giving more RPA slots to ROTC and the academy not a better solution? They don't even need to pull RPA dudes to run the squadron. Most of the instructors are contractors and it didn't seem to hard to find Air Force pilots willing to live in San Antonio and teach dudes how to fly IFR in the sim.
  13. Drone Pilots: We Don’t Get No Respect

    If you are interested in getting RIF'd RPAs is probably not the place you want to be, at least for the near future. There are plenty of people in RPAs who wanted out last go and would have gotten released had they been in another MWS. I agree with guineapigfury. If you want to TDY and deploy as little as possible it's a good place. There are plenty of low time C-130 dudes around Creech. Most are pissed off non-vols. The ones who volunteered seem happy.
  14. Drone Pilots: We Don’t Get No Respect

    I would be interested to know where you looked that up
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