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Cooter last won the day on October 1 2011

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  1. Like Tac said, not defending just presenting the facts. It's a war, there's some risk, there's risk getting out of bed in the morning. If you are interested in FW/RW partnered advisor positions you can PM me as well with a .mil. Cooter
  2. I have one of my squadrons that flies 99.9% of their sorties AFG unilateral and the others are just as capable, we partner as needed but usually for dynamic mission sets not safety related. Green on blue is always a concern but that doesn't mean people are walking around jocked up all the time (mostly). As stated, it's better to have the facts from people in the know instead or running around screaming fire. Cooter P.S. I've got FW/RW positions open if anyone is interested!
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    There is a flip side. There are absoloutely jobs below the O-6 level that require -365s. Whether they are being employed properly is a separate discussion. Most can get by with -179 but some of them take 30-60 days to get into a groove. End game...pshhhhh! This thing is a cash cow that no one wants to turn off. Cooter
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    School Alternate

    We had a guy show two weeks after the rest of us because that's when he was notified and a friend of mine found out a week or so before RNLTD. Bottom line, all bets are off. I've told guys the last couple years , "if you're an alternate, plan to go last minute." There seems to be a trend of exhausting the alternate list as of late (weird...). Be careful what you wish for. After two months of school taught by wannabe Gen Patton's, and then to follow it up with 2 years of Joint tour (that's a post in of itself)? More instances in my career of, "just do [insert USAF paid advertisement] and you'll be set up." That's how I find myself back in the AFG, best choice I've made in 4 years is stick with what I love doing [J-O-B]. Personal anecdote so take it for what it's worth. Cooter
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Tac is not speaking from a position of ignorance, nor I, and I tend to agree with how he put it. There are non-6 SOS advisors with a fraction of their training (a couple weeks at most) doing partnered missions almost everyday. To say they are in harm's way is putting it mildly. As someone who was in the process of applying for the 6th, I will tell you my perception and reality were very different, which is why I did not go through with it. Flying combat missions is my jam and that was not the place to do it. Not knocking the 6th, valuable asset in high-demand but not what I was expecting from Combat Aviation Advising. If you want fully partnered combat ops advisor positions, they are out there, you just have to look for them and be ready to sacrifice a year or more of your time. Rewarding and frustrating at the same time. But hell of a lot better than spending time an effort to train and advise folks to only wave at them as they head off to get after it. Cooter
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Bashi I'm with you and have an expanded proposal... Participants allocate $$$ toward a fine bottle of scotch (more players the better the bottle!)... Although FY vs CY needs to be clarified. Propose closeout by FY21 since the decision is based fiscally. I'm rooting for LAA...but I LOVE scotch. Cooter
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    Not being a SNAP

    Marry a stripper...problem solved! Cooter
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    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    Jimmy keeping it real...proves you can be an actor and NOT have to be an ass clown! Cooter
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Nailed it! Hitters ONLY apply. I want the guys who want it for the mission not because it sounds cool or the location is great. I'd prefer there be no focus other than building a sustainable cadre for the future of the program. The last thing you want to happen with this program is it gets turned into some kind of goddamn flying club and screws the pooch for being a sustainable program well into the future. In a perfect world you'd put it at an austere location (outfield of Eglin...WAY out) and build a bunch of steely eyed killers to carry the reputation well into the future. Who knows... Cooter
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    AFPAK Hands- Opportunity Beckons

    Only just recently come in contact with some of these individuals...NOT impressed. I feel like they are individuals who either could not hack it in their communities or had the personality of a door stop. I'm judging from a rather small sample size I know but JeeeezUS. Cooter
  11. 2! I was planning on staying beyond 20 anyways so it was an easy kill for me. Little extra jangle in the pocket never hurts. Cooter
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    Retirement / Separation Considerations

    Whoa..that is a bit bizarre. Last I heard for -365s (O-5) they were starting with guys with dates of '03 (which I don't know how that's possible) so it sounds like yours at the local level. If it's a flying AA gig there are worse jobs from what I here. I'm headed out at end of the month so I'll know more after that I guess! Good luck. Cooter
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    Retirement / Separation Considerations

    If you’ve done enough deployments how are you getting tagged? different strokes for different folks, I sought mine out. Granted, not a pilot so my situation is different? Cooter
  14. Anyone know if you take your 50% while deployed, is it tax free?
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Why you gotta put that evil on me....? Cooter PS Still totally worth it
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