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Kenny Powers

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  1. Not retiring, just considering flying part time for the Guard and doing something other than the airlines. This has probably been covered but, do things like LinkedIn help with networking? Are there other tools? Or has this all been from people you guys have met over your career? That's the thing about the guard, with the exception of TDY, you see the same people for 20 years haha. For example, if I wanted to work for a company like Lockheed/Boeing/Raytheon, there has to be more to it than searching their job postings hoping to find a match, right?
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    True, but ideally those guys would learn solid formation and admin habits in -38s, then start fine tuning those habits in IFF, then have admin and wingman 101 type stuff down solid by the time they get to the B-course. When they dont have solid admin, they become a hindrance to the formation and tactics suffer. Not that non fighter guys can't teach the basics to a certain standard but they just lack the experience to understand how mistakes in admin can snowball into larger problems down the road, i.e. a new wingman almost hitting his flight lead on a radar assisted trail recover at night because he wasn't taught solid habit patterns.
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    I don't pretend to know what it takes to make a good co-pilot or AC in the heavy world, so I don't understand why non fighter guys think they know what it takes to build a solid wingman in a fighter squadron.
  4. Has anyone used any recruiters/head hunters for transitioning to something other than flying? My father talks about how many job interviews these kind of companies got him and fellow officers leaving the military back in the day. Seems like it would be easier to find opportunities that might be more aligned with what you want to do vs randomly shooting resumes out to companies.
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    ANG Non-Airline Jobs?

    Agreed with the above comment. If it's a short enough drive/trip and you could easily see yourself making the trip a few times a month (worst case), then go for it. If it's a decent length of travel but you think you can make it work, you might be able to, but you probably wont be happy doing it. In a Fighter Squadron at least.
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    F-35 Lightning info

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    China & Chinese Shenanigans

    You can't access it.
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    Latest Movies

    Down range and need some movie recommendations from Netflix or Amazon.
  9. Searched a bit but no good info on how the process works if someone wanted to transfer from an ANG unit to AFRES. Been in the Guard a while but know almost nothing about AFRES. Location of the AFRES base and proximity to family is the motivating factor. Currently rated in a fighter and would be going to another fighter if it happened. Is the process similar to getting hired in the guard? Are there any major drawbacks going to the reserves? Part time vs. Full time work better in one vs. the other?
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    Sanity check - Should we buy our dream home?

    It's just an investment vehicle you'll be plugging money into, whether you live there or not. If it's a good price, buy it. If not, then you're buying based on it being you're "dream house". If you can't see yourself selling it a few years after you move in and getting you're money back, or being ok with the loss, it's probably not the right decision.
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    Latest Movies

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    Sanity check - Should we buy our dream home?

    Are you familiar with the area? Have you lived there? Are you going to rent it out for 1.5 years before you move in? Is there someone there who can maintain it while your gone? A lot can change I 1.5 years but if it's a good deal and someone can maintain it for you, go for it.
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    Blended Retirement System Puzzle

    Do you have the option? I don't know the details of who is eligible to opt out. Anyways, here is something you need to consider - things change. Some day you may not want to do this job anymore, regardless of how you feel about it now (pre-UPT?). That's a difficult concept to wrap your mind around, but just trust me. As you get older, your priorities change too and maybe you'll decide to leave the military for some reason (i.e. Family) even if you enjoy it still. That being said, BRS is a great option if you want flexibility. I don't know the math because I'm over 15 years in but, if I was a new guy, I would totally jump on BRS so I had options instead of opting for the traditional all or nothing retirement.
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    Does an ANG CSO need Top Secret SC?

    Why don't you just ask the dudes you'll be flying with? Or take your commanders word for it? If they don't have one, you probably don't need one. If they have one, you'll probably get one.
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    Chances for Fighter Units?

    Can absolutely be over looked, which is why I don't recommend you blindly get a masters What I meant is, if you spend a year applying and don't get invited and feel like it's your GPA holding you back, then a masters is a way to bring it up. Scores and GPAs can become a factor when there are a significant amount of applications. For example, my unit isn't going to look through 100 applications page by page. We might rack and stack them by scores and GPAs to narrow it down to the top 30 or so, then read through those thoroughly. And then what happens if the top 30 applications all read well? You gotta sort them somehow.
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    Chances for Fighter Units?

    Confirm you have a 2.2 GPA, 25 PCSM, have never interviewed, have only applied to 1 board and been to 1 meet and greet, and are applying to a fighter squadron? All while you are telling a guy with significantly better scores and a better GPA to look elsewhere? Shack, definitely troll status.
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    Chances for Fighter Units?

    Buckley Douche, how about you shut the up since you have a 2.2 GPA and 25 PCSM, according to your other thread about trying to get hired with Buckley. Fakedicck, go for it. You have stats to get hired with a fighter squadron. Are there dudes who have better scores? Yes. If a squadron has a lot of applicants, they might select interviews based on GPA and scores. But they don't always get a billion applicants. You'd be surprised sometimes how few applicantfs we can get, then other boards we get a ton. Keep working on it. You're 23, you got time on your side. Don't sweat your GPA, it's fine. EDIT: misread, your GPA is lower than I originally thought. Not the end of the world, especially since you're 23. If you suspect it's keeping you from interviews, go work towards your masters and bring it up. MBA or Technical masters will certainly help you in your civ job as well, so not a wasted effort.
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    Chances for Fighter Units?

    Go with your stats, then STFU.
  19. Ask questions if you have them. Be a real person. You'll have plenty of time to STFU if you get hired.
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    Columbus AFB Information

    Now you have to buy a car. CBM IPs are going to be looking for the new guy from California that starts in Sept with no car or a charger. And I doubt there's any Eagle bubbas teaching there, so showing up in your prius ain't going to do anything for ya.
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    Questions on TPS (Test Pilot School)

    And if you graduated with > 3.5?
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    Dream Sheet Advice

    They're all great. Except Eagles, they're gay. Now we're back.
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    Trends in Air to Air Combat

    1. Both 2. No 3. That picture is only 180 deg of a high aspect engagement showing your shots of opportunity. Anyone who quits turning there to run away is getting killed.
  24. I saw some extra cash on an LES too for the same time period but it seemed it was logged as something else. We've been directed to just standby as our finance is working it.
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    F-16 Students skip Phase III

    I thought it said CFI was a requirement but looks like desired. So a degree from a 141 school, instrument and multi engine ratings.
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