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  1. It was 15 years ago but I made it all work by leaving the active Army, going into the USAR and then processing the inter-service transfer to the Air Force Reserve. At the end of my ADSC I found a non-deplaoyable USAR training battalion. We had an honest conversation before they accepted me. Basically, I told them my big plan and said if this all works I’d like your support with the inter-service transfer, and if it doesn’t I’ll be the best staff officer you ever had. I had some AF Reserve interviews lined up and spent about 5 months in the Army Reserve before it all worked out and I was able to transfer to the Air Force. I was at UPT within a year of leaving active duty. I wasn’t an aviation branch guy. So, I didn’t have any wings at the time. I know 3 army guys who made the jump in the same fashion as detailed above. Each with a slightly different variation of the same story. If you have a USAR unit near you home it may be worth a visit and discussion. Good luck.
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    SGT Bowe Bergdahl Freed

    There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet, and the only way these people can get on with their happy lives is that they Do… Not… Know about it!
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    I eat racism for lunch.
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    Liberty, Rights, and the Constitution 2

    I've had to write that check before....a few times. It's painful. Like you said the only way to keep up is to file as single with no dependents. If you or your wife have a deferred tax 401k, max it out. The amount that goes into retirement will come off the top so you will not have as much income hitting the higher brackets. You want to minimize the dollars getting hit in the 25% and 28% brackets. You'll with not have to pay SS tax above 113K. If you pay into it after that point because you are getting paid under two different pay systems, one as a civilian and a second reservist/guardsman you will get that money back when you file in April.
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Too bad he didn't have an FE there to stop him from doing this stupidness.
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    Panetta to Lift Ban on Women in Combat

    If you ever have to bail out in shark infested water you'll care if you're with a female on the rag......and they also attract bears
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    History Friday

    Iraq 2003. The -60s and PJs are from the 301st the pilot is and A-10 guy.
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    Monitored Approaches

    I am a Herk guy in the reserve. I have done them but they are not standard at least where I am (I would guess 30% do it). The guys that usually brief them are the airline pilots. It seems to work well especially when the weather is realy bad or there is some other complication like a high runway offset, a strange missed or a place where the runway blends into the city (like Guat city). The nice thing is that when the PM calls field in sight they do not have to talk the PF's eyes on to it. It's not a big deal when you are landing a 10K runway here in the US but there are some places overseas that I have been where I think the transfer of controls saved the approach. Not that a missed is a big deal but the beer and girls are on the ground so the sooner you get down the sooner you can chase them.
  9. The process is the same for helos as it is for fixed wing. The 920th is reserve. The only helos in the NG/AFRES are in the rescue wings so the units listed above would be your only option for the AF.
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    C-17 SQ/CC gets 11 months...

    Why? You think you may have hooked up with ol' Stevie D on a Key West TDY? Dude, don't worry about it. It was probably a different C-17 guy.
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    24hr lodging "rule"

    I've been flying for 6 years and I have never even heard of PRIME KNIGHT. What the hell is this? The experiances above are the same ones I have encountered. We flew into Hill oncw wih an extra crew & 1/2 to pick up an airplane from the depot and depart to do some follow on stuff. There were abou 15 of us. We waited on the ramp for 45mins for trans. Got to billeting and spent.....i shit you not....2 hours getting checked in. They knew we were coming. Why couldn't they have our damn keys ready so we just swipe our cards and go. Every other hotel in the world does it that way. This is why I use the 24 hour rule every chance I get. Here is a money saving idea. Tear down the AF Inns. Leave only temp housing for PCSing people. No maint, no staffing, no upkeep.... The private sector does it better and it would help support the local economy during these tough times. Think of it has a hotel bail out. But, there is a larger question that I just heard about yesterday. One of the worse things I have ever heard....Is general rule 1 really in effect for all of SOUTHCOM?
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    C-17 Pilot on American Idol Tonight

    She has the angles.....the Myspace angles Callsign: Yeti
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    Air Force Heritage

    When I was in the Army I was at an formal function with officers from around the globe. I started talking to this Polish officer and he asked if I knew why the pants of the Army dress uniform were a different color than jacket. I told him I did. He said "Good hold on to your heritage, all our traditions were taken away in Sept 1939." I think there are times the Air Force trys to hard. In it's fight to separate itself from the other branches the Air Force has cherry picked the heritage it wants to keep. Which wouldn't be so bad but they keep changing what they determine is worthy of keeping. My eperiance with other branches is that they don't talk about heritage it's just kind of there. There are traditions that most don't even understand that a practiced today. The push to be different and the idea that we must somehow make the organization less military is what creates the "af weenie" image. We use terms like warrior but ask a guy to do a simple 1.5 mile run and he acts shocked like you just told him to bring his wife in for 'bukkake night'. Anyway after I talked to the Polish officer we walked into a bar with a priest and a talking parrot.........
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    Military in Uniform at Airport

    Since it is Sunday I would bet the trooper you saw was either guard or reserve. Prior to 9-11 the Army policy was that no one travels in uniform. After 9-11 when there was a huge outcry for security personnel on aircraft, someone decided it made the public feel comfortable to get on a airplane and see the Joes in uniform. Now I think it is part public relations part recruiting. It's not just people going to CENTCOM but troopers going to schools and CONUS TDYs. I travel weekly and I see them every time I fly. I not sure what the Marines rules are but I see them in their BDUs also.
  15. I did an interservice transfer Army (TC) to AFRes and went to UPT for HCs. 1. You keep your rank. The regs dictate that you transfer with your current rank. 2. The guard has a long lead time before starting training (2yrs or so). After starting training you have about 2-2.5 yrs before your finished and go to traditions reserve (TR) status. TRs fly a lot more than 1 weekend a month. I can't speak for -16s but we do 1 weekend a month plus 3-4 additions flights month. 3. Army exp. doesn't hurt as far as selection goes. It will depend person to person if it helps or not. The requirements for UPT are 1. a commission 2. a flight physical 3. a secret clearance 4. a PPL (not sure if this changed). When I went to meet with units about UPT I had all three. I "sold myself" as a guy who could go to UPT immediately after selection. This worked well with reserve units and after the board I was at UPT in 2 months (6 months after leaving the Army). With the guard this may not help as much because they have such a long lead time. You may run into 2 problems. 1. you must start UPT prior to 30 2. You can't have more than 5yrs commissioned service. The commissioned service starts when you raise your hand and does ever stop. If you go into the IRR the clock keeps ticking. You can still go you just have to get an exception to policy. The AF is a lot like the Army the more work you are for someone the less of a chance you have of getting selected. So you may want to push to start UPT prior to the 5 yr mark. 4. Active Guard slots are very much coveted and there is almost no chance of rolling from outside the unit directly into one. With that said a lot of guys get by on bumming at least on the heavy side. Hope this helps. PM if you need more.
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