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  1. I’ve never seen anyone get in without a technical degree. I’ve seen several without technical bachelor’s, but had a technical master’s. There’s a fairly wide list of what can be considered technical though.
  2. Promotion and PRF Information

    The board results still have to be approved by SECAF and DepSecDef so it’s still going to take some time.
  3. Test Pilot School - AD vs ANG

    Honestly, the only guard bubba I recall see go through is a current student, and I’ve been here either on staff or attached as an instructor for 3.5 years. That said, if there’s a slot open, there may be less competition for it than on AD, because I’m guessing most guard guys aren’t interested in the commitment. As to airframes after TPS, I’d say it’s about 60-70% go back to your original airframe, for the first assignment at least. It’s all about timing. And that’s across all types of aircraft.
  4. Pectus Excavatum

    I have it and it never came up once in my initial or recurring flight physicals. It was looked at during my initial MEPS physical, noted, and that was that. I've also had several astronaut physicals, and flew high-g aircraft at Test Pilot School. So unless you have physical troubles due to it, don't even think twice about it. (And I'm actually fairly convinced it restricts my lung capacity, affecting my run performance...but I'm not dumb enough to ask the flight doc about it!)
  5. My plan is to be a really good gambler. Primarily poker and sports.
  6. Promotion and PRF Information

    It's not any different, and the strat system sucks now too.
  7. Promotion and PRF Information

    My guess is that the 100% opportunity is for IPZ only. APZ folks are screwed. Or blessed, depending on your perspective.
  8. Promotion and PRF Information

    While on the surface that seems like a good idea, the problem is that not all units are created equal. Nor do they have similar sizes. #9/10 in small elite pool might be equivalent to #3/100 in another, but there's no way to quantify that.
  9. Promotion and PRF Information

    There's nothing in the statements that indicate this will continue next year, much less in the future. For any of the "positives" to come out of this for both the upcoming captains as well as the leadership chain, this can't be announced year to year.
  10. RIP Doc

  11. My point was some of the specifics about that position (high responsibility, ability to work from home, salary, etc) more than likely have a direct correlation with his previous positions. I have no doubt that his intangibles also had a direct correlation with him getting those CC positions as well. The point is that the O-3/4 separating today has probably a 5% chance of landing a position similar to what an O-6 is able to land, barring extreme circumstances. Talking management here of course. Again, not taking anything away from what he said, and his details are much appreciated.
  12. Good info...unfortunately this right here makes your success story irrelevant to the 99% of us that don't have that experience/connections.
  13. Promotion and PRF Information

    I was in a test squadron for 2.5 years, then OGV attached to the same squadron for another year, prior to being an instructor. But I had some pretty crappy leadership who didn't take care of folks with strats and awards during that time, so I probably would have been better off in the schoolhouse! And I was one of the first two AC-130J CSOs, so how much sexier can I get?!
  14. Promotion and PRF Information

    That was mentioned in the AFPC feedback as well, because they don't see your whole SURF...they infer deployment history from the PRF and Decs. Mine was in both, but lack of recent deployment (because I'm a tester, not ops) might have hurt...but she thought what was in there was fine. On a slightly related note, our Wing has a new policy on OPRs that the first line of the rater's block has to have some sort of qualifier (strat like), in addition to any strat in the bottom line. Said it was due to what he saw in a promotion board he sat on, that it was a big discriminator. Anyone else hear of that or already have similar policy?
  15. Promotion and PRF Information

    Well considering my first reply about it was in reference to 12X promotion rates, pretty sure it was implied!
  16. Promotion and PRF Information

    That's correct, except the records are a random sampling of P's who were promoted...she doesn't know which if any are near the cut line. While she doesn't know what the specific board looked at, she has seen the "random sampling" over the last several years so has seen the relative strength increase, for what it's worth. Meeting with your senior rater (hopefully one who has sat on a board previously) is much more valuable than the AFPC talk, but it's not entirely worthless either. Wish they had that for the RIF too. Instead it was "too bad so sad see ya later".
  17. Promotion and PRF Information

    Y'all should see the facial reactions I get when I tell the story in person. :) I will say, my Wg/CC did say before this board that he'd grade my record as basically an average score, so it would depend on how the board valued TPS and rated, and where the cut line ended up being. AFPC feedback was that with all of the RIFs, Force Shaping, and voluntary departures, its left mostly stronger performers so the cut line has moved up.
  18. Promotion and PRF Information

    No negative discriminators. Well, except I was RIF'd in 2014, and then that was subsequently undone a year later (hence why I'm being my original year group). But I had all of that on my record in the RIF too...basically a function of being a 12M core and luck of the draw (I'm a 12S now). No one had any good answer for why it happened in the first place. But in any case, now I have an "OPR" (Form 77) that says "restored to active duty by order of the SECAF". The promotion board doesn't necessarily know why, but I'm guessing they can work it out by the dates....and it just looks weird. As for the rest of my records, I have a UNT DG, TPS of course, a smattering of quarterly awards, decent vectors, but not many strats at all (remember, competing against fighter pilots and other TPS grads...we can't all be #1!), and that's the killer. I have better recent strats (post-RIF) but not extraordinary. Meeting an SSB in September after getting another straggler correction fixed finally, so maybe the new board members will see differently. Or there's always next year!
  19. Promotion and PRF Information

    So datapoint within those datapoints for you...I'm one of those IPZ pass-overs this year (should have been IPZ last year, but that's another story). TPS grad, TPS instructor, and currently in a Sq/CC equivalent position. But not enough strats and awards (because I compete with a bunch of high performer fighter pilots and such).
  20. Promotion and PRF Information

    I don't have the numbers in front of me, but overall rates for the last few years for CSO's have been around 60-65%. In other words, pretty much the lowest rate of all the categories.
  21. PRF Recommendations

    Letter of Intent is the proper terminology, and is detailed in the Performance Reports AFI. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Promotion and PRF Information

    Umm, no. They can offer a year-to-year continuation, but it's very rare that they do. If they offer 20/24, you are guaranteed to that unless there's some other serious issue that causes an involuntary separation. As for the masking, it's really up to the individual board member if they pay attention. My SR told me last week that he recently sat on a board, and personally, he didn't look at a single date or pay attention to anything that would indicating I/APZ, and that was the direction given to them. He said the APZ's did pretty well on that board (couldn't tell me what board it was). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. Have they expanded the USAA cards to all states yet? Last I looked it was still pretty restricted to who could get it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Promotion and PRF Information

    Thanks. Although that's useful as well, I was specifically looking for specifics on different 12X, specifically 12M and 12S. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk