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  1. I almost found out. I took the bonus to put me at 24, because I already have a PhD commitment until then. But when I got passed over and they initially only offered 20, AFIT threatened to kick me out of the program because I'd only have one year to pay back. I could have tried to fight them on it, with the fact that big AF made the decision. But I signed all the paperwork knowing what would probably happen on each end so it was hard for me to fight that in good faith. Sent from my SM-N960U1 using Tapatalk
  2. Confirming the confirmation on this. Once I got the corrected offer for 24, it also had the option to only accept 20. Whichever one you select, they give you an automatic DOS in the system. So no ADSC's can push you back. However, any ADSC inside of that is fair game, so if you PCS or do some type of training it could impact the ability to punch between 20 and 24. Sent from my SM-N960U1 using Tapatalk
  3. olevelo

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Does anyone have any insight into the AF Student MLR process, and what NO push lines look like? Are NO PRFs allowed to have strats from the previous SR on the push line? Just wondering how level the playing field is at the student MLR, and if that’s unsuccessful in pulling a DP, how the NO PRF’s stack up at the actual board. Also, anyone ever write a letter to the student MLR? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    I’m confused as to why they made a call and said hook him up, if they didn’t think he was worth being a Flt/CC in the first place? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. We lost a great one this weekend, Chris “Hook” Dupin. He was a board member here (although not active for awhile). Hook was a an F-15 WSO, TPS grad, and about to separate to the Reserves (I don’t think it had been finalized yet but I could be wrong). He owned a flight school in Destin and was really building it up, which was one of the reasons he was separating. Hook was flying with a student in his RV-12 (I actually flew with him in it the day after he bought it for the company) and crashed shortly after takeoff. He survived the crash but succumbed to his injuries a few hours later. I’ve been at a complete loss for words since I found out a couple days ago. I didn’t know him as well as many (and it’s obvious from the posts on Facebook about how loved he was), but I knew him well enough to know he was one of the best officers and men that I knew. We started a charity together a couple years ago to help send vets to flight training that some of you may remember us posting about here. He loved flying more than anything (other than his wife, and even she questioned that!). Sometimes I really hate airplanes. https://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20181119/victims-identified-in-niceville-plane-crash-photos Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. olevelo

    Blue Skies and Tailwinds Hook

    For those who would like to contribute, here’s the GoFundMe page for Hook’s family. https://www.gofundme.com/chris-quothookquot-dupin039s-memorial-fund There will be a memorial service on Saturday morning, 1000, at Eglin’s King Hangar, followed by a reception at 3rd Planet Brewery in Niceville. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Blue Skies and Tailwinds Hook

    That’s the Champ that he donated as part of our charity raffle. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. olevelo

    Promotion and PRF Information

    For everything but the push line, yes. But there’s about a 0.01% chance a senior rater is going to give a DP or a good push to a guy who just showed up. Unless the previous senior rater makes a phone call and says look out for my guy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Blue Skies and Tailwinds Hook

    One more...just a few days ago Hook posted this video to Reddit. I’m sure you’ll all appreciate it! [emoji482] Hook! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Blue Skies and Tailwinds Hook

    This was a Reddit post from one of the CFI’s who worked for him with some more details. There’s lots of good words about him on several Reddit threads and on jetcareers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. olevelo

    Military Pilot Shortage and Aero Clubs

    You are mistaken. You can only use it for “professional programs”, ie a commercial license through a 141 school. There might be some programs that it’ll pay for that would cover PPL through commercial all inclusive, but I’ve never heard of one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    This top/middle/bottom bucketing doesn’t help anything other than reducing the time it takes the OG and Wing to nitpick the numbers. How is it fair to the guys in a unit full of rock stars to get stratted as a bottom third guy? That’s even worse than it is now where they just get no strat so you can’t tell if they’re 25% or 75%....or getting an alternate strat (#1/69 mop holders). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    You’re making the assumption that those “leaders” intentionally gave you bad push lines, and not that they just didn’t know what they were doing. I’ve been amazed at the O-5’s, and even O-6’s, that have no clue how to take care of people...even Sq/CC’s. They probably got there because they had leaders who did know how to take care of them, but didn’t pass that knowledge along. When I got the news that I was twice passed over, the O-6, who was a former MSG/CC, said she had no idea what the process was because she had never seen an officer get passed over. It’s folks like us who actually know and understand the system, far better than many “leaders”. Of course we had to take our lumps to get that info... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. TPS always had the 3 year ADSC. However there was a loophole that was getting exploited more and more recently where guys were punching less than a year after graduating. That caught the eye of AFMC/A3 and was one of the instigators in the AFI change to get rid of the loophole. IMHO, 3 years is nothing to pay back for what you get at TPS, and every single person who applied knew that was the deal, and it was completely disingenuous of them to pull the loophole card to take their patch/degree and run. I know some had some legitimate family issues that came up, but there’s other ways to deal with that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. You can separate any day on or after the end of your last ADSC. At that point you’re just a free agent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. olevelo

    Promotion and PRF Information

    So that’s another wrinkle in my situation. I have bonus to 24, because I expected to get continued to then, plus my PhD commitment will take me there. But if I only accept to 20 now, but they fix the glitch on the next board to 24 like they’re supposed to, so they stop my bonus now, or once I hit 20? Such a pain... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Yup! In regards to two line PRF’s...I wonder how they would handle those of us in school that have narrative only PRF’s written by our previous SR. Push them through as is, or would they just take the top and bottom lines and that’s all they see? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. olevelo

    Promotion and PRF Information

    I’ve never heard of a single employer looking at OPR’s, and when I was briefly out a few years ago, no one ever asked or even hinted at wanting to see one. They look at your resume, and maybe talk to some references. So make sure to give them ones of guys who like you! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. olevelo

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Unfortunately no. Basically everything but. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    They gave me the authority to stand up a new test unit and do O-5 things, but that experience doesn’t really matter apparently. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Yup. Granted, I wasn’t in the program yet when the board happened, or even have a push on my PRF to say I was going, because it was a very last minute program. So I have a small amount of hope for the next board since supposedly they’re supposed to be emphasizing it more on the boards now (which was the whole reason the program I was I was stood up in the first place). Even more baffling though is that I was passed over with a Sq/CC equivalent position the last two years (no C-code, but OPR and PRF say it), and a #1/69 Major strat from the OG. But you know all those strats I didn’t have as a captain while I was at Test Pilot School are the death knell. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hurricane Michael

    Y’all obviously didn’t actually watch the video.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hurricane Michael

    I can’t believe they left all those F-22 Joint Strike Fighters there when they knew a hurricane was coming and they could fly them out of there or put them on a truck... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Yeah, as said above it should have been mentioned in the letter if you were 1APZ. You have 60 days to accept. On myPers, under Promotion, then Selective Continuation Information, there’s some general information, then at the bottom a link to the specific 18B Major’s Board for this particular board. That’s where it lists this board’s critical skills, such as all pilots, a couple of CSO’s, engineers, and a few others like folks in degree programs. Those are the folks that are supposed to be offered 24 years, everyone else just 20. However, I fall in two of those critical buckets and my letters only said 20 and everyone’s trying to figure out why. Yes letters, because I got one from my previous Wing CC, one from AFIT, and one from the ROTC Det CC at the school where I’m attached to while in school! And yeah, the 20 versus 24 matters because I’m trying to make sure they don’t kick me out of the PhD program if I’m continued to 20! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. olevelo

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Much less than a coin flip. Almost a 1 in 3 chance now. I feel like a couple years ago it was around 45-48%, but maybe I’m thinking of the O-4 board. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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