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  1. Kenny Powers

    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    That's f-ucking bullshit that some ass clown wannabe ruined such a sacred tradition and a significant moment for a stud who has earned the right to be there. I don't know the details, but it sounds like it's also bullshit that some dudes lost their careers over it. Seriously, what kind of idiot would ever think that is ok? A naming ceremony is about welcoming a new fighter pilot into the pack. It's about having fun and giving them a proper name which they've earned. It's not about letting someone, who has no idea what they're doing, berate subordinates.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Not sure if serious or...
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    Car loans and interest rates

    Any cash I use to buy anything is money I cannot put into the market. If I can borrow your money for damn near nothing and invest all mine, I will.
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    Car loans and interest rates

    Why? Because you wouldn't spend your money on it? I bet most people spend more every month on Starbucks and fast food than I do on a car payment. The math is simple. If you cant understand it or if you aren't the type of person that is ok with debt, then fine. But you're crazy if you think I should use my money to buy a car vs borrowing money for super cheap, when my investments can out perform the interest of the loan by a significant amount. Regardless of the price of the car, the math doesnt change. Even if I was buying a car for $5k, I'm still better off borrowing that money.
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    Car loans and interest rates

    Explain. Define "money you dont have." As in, are you suggesting I should pull money out of investments or emergency funds when it's time to buy a new car?
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    Car loans and interest rates

    You're now arguing that people are dumb because they choose to spend their money differently than you? Should I save every dollar until retirement? Should I always just drive an old car that I maintain? Hell, let's grow our own food and make our own clothes. It's entirely possible to be financially savvy and have a $60k car. Just because I may choose to spend my money on different things than you, doesnt make it wrong. Especially when interest rates are so cheap. I'm a car guy, so I like spending money on cars. You might like to fish, hunt, fly, travel, etc.. should I argue that you're "comical" for spending money on those things? Or that it obviously makes you not financially savvy?
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    Car loans and interest rates

    That's a good point. People do what's comfortable for them, the "good feeling of not owing anyone anything", which is totally valid for the group of people who like that. Same for the guy who borrows $60k for a car @ 3% while leaving $60k in his investments averaging returns higher than that. I think the borrow vs not borrow mentality was a much different arguement 30 years ago when interest rates were much higher. But when I'm looking for a new car and the dealer is offering incentives plus 0.9% interest, that's difficult to argue. I spend more on alcohol every month than that 0.9% interest would cost me
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    Car loans and interest rates

    Have an emergency fund in savings that you're comfortable with, have your 15-20% or whatever you contribute to TSP/401k automatically come out of your check, and have healthcare and insurance. Take your net income after savings/investing, subtract your bills and basic needs to live the way you like, then spend what's left over how ever you want. I am a fan of borrowing money if it's cheap while leaving my money in the market. It's all a balance of living life while you're young and able and still having a solid retirement plan for when that time comes. Edit: my mindset on borrowing money for cars and what not might change if I didnt have the financial security of getting a paycheck every 2 weeks for as long as I decide in the military.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Your vote is automatically thrown out because you can't spell losing...
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Never been an IFF IP, but I would say no. You're probably at the point of diminishing returns after the first sortie for a student at that point in their training. Also, tanking takes time. Fight tank fight is great in the CAF (almost as good as a fight tank fight tank fight) but that would reduce the number of students you could fly in one day, as opposed to getting the jets back to mx and throwing another stud in. Plus, you probably need at least 1 dedicated AR sortie in the syllabus. I guess there's always an IP in the back that can take the jet and get gas if the stud is struggling, but I dont think that's desirable.
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    We have guys who get to the CAF that never tanked in the B-course and it works out fine. I'm not sure why they would waste time teaching it in IFF. Having the option to AR would be awesome though for all the other gigs we are currently using T-38s for.
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    VLPAD

    I remember seeing something posted a while back stating that Pilots that go VLPAD could be eligible for the bonus, but I have not been able to find anything about it. Anyone smart on that? For example, a Guard bubba that wants to do VLPAD . He is released from the Guard and isn't under any kind of contract with AD until he accepts the VLPAD offer. Does he get the bonus? I am also curious about consecutive tours. My assumptions is that, after your 3 year ADSC is up, you could just do another one. So, only accept a job living where you want to live and then every 3 years sign another 3 year deal. As long as the airlines are hiring like they are, the AF is going to have an experience problem, so I can't imagine them telling an IP who wants to sign up for another 3 years and stay at the same base no, but the AF has proven to do dumber things in the past. Anyone know of any verbiage stating you couldn't do consecutive tours?
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    Grumpy MC Driver

    It's not specific to just one community either, we are definitely seeing a lower quality product showing up in the fighter community as well. You can bitch about it, or you can step up and make these kids better. They're able and willing, it's on us to accept the challenge the AF has given us. Not defending the AF for any of the bullshit decisions they have made, but by the time the product shows up to my squadron, it's now my problem. I'll make them better and get them up to speed. Wont be easy but we cant accept anything less.
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    Grumpy MC Driver

    Damn it. You caught me, power clicked the CBTs.
  15. Kenny Powers

    Grumpy MC Driver

    Copy. Identifies as a "he". And all this time I thought those CBTs were bullshit.
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    Grumpy MC Driver

    I still have no idea WTF this thread is about.
  17. Kenny Powers

    Upcoming Boards

    Recruiters don't typically have any idea of how the hiring board selects candidates for interviews. They barely know how the process works at all, so just take what they say with a grain of salt.
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    How Long For New Studs To Be Disillusioned?

    All my best stories, amazing experiences, and life long memories are from when I was AD or ANG deployed/TDY. Those are also the hardest times because you're away from family. All the stories my wife and I talk about are from when we were active duty and we've seen it all. AD Enlisted, ANG Enlisted, civilian with great careers, now ANG pilot who's considering going AD. All in all over 15 years of service in some form or another. We never say "Hey, remember that time we all went out with that civilian company you used to work for?" Hell, I could barely get the guys on my team to go do a happy hour on Friday kind of thing, and I was paying with the company card! I also remember literally getting so bored at times at work that I got tired of searching the internet. Being in the military is tough, being a fighter pilot makes it even more tough. It's difficult, it's dangerous, and you're busy all the damn time. It's also not forever. I will eventually move on, so will everyone else. But flying through the AOR in the middle of the night and getting re-rolled to go drop bombs on ISIS to support the guys on the ground makes it all worth it.
  19. 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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    ANG to AFRES Questions

    What are the odds, as a traditional, that a reservist gets picked for a 179 or 365 somewhere? Does that happen still? I remember reservists in the B-course at Luke getting these 1 off deployments, as opposed to the Guard where you only really deploy when your squadron goes. I'm pretty ignorant to the whole deployment process for the reserves.
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    Upcoming Boards

    I always tell people that your scores, GPA, etc. are what get you the interview and they don't really matter much after that. Once you show up for the interview, we are trying to get to know you so we can make the decision based off the "whole person" concept everyone talks about.
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    Upcoming Boards

    It all comes down to the application, the meet and greet, and the interview. You need to win at least 2 out of those 3 to be considered, in my opinion. If you dont have a great interview, that can be overlooked if the meet and greet went well. If someone else nails all 3, then they'll probably get hired over you. If you don't do well in the meet and greet and you dont do well in the interview, then you're out. Sometimes it's also just really tough. The meet and greet goes well and the applicants interview well. So then it comes down to kind of our "gut feeling" about who we think would work out best in the squadron and go with that.
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    Upcoming Boards

    Maybe save the "Been rejected by a lesbian in a lesbian bar" story for when you are actually having beers. You can PM me if you need feedback. I have reviewed your application in the past.
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    Upcoming Boards

    Why would they? It might be happening but, just to remind everyone here, it's the exception, not the rule. So, unless your application is really awesome, most unit's probably aren't going to pursue one. Scores really aren't enough on their own, either. When we get 100 applications, I would say at least half of them have really good scores. So now I need to find another way to pick 12 or so people to invite to an interview. So I read through maybe the top 20 or so based on scores, GPA, maybe some other factors, and really try to figure out what kind of person you are by reading your cover letter, your letters of recommendation, and seeing what you have accomplished over the years. Then, we'll narrow it down to a dozen people or so and send out invites. My best advice is to try and find a way to make your application stand out and grab my attention. I honestly dont care how it's prepared but it should be neat and orderly, but no need to spend much money on it. It sucks when reading through the top 20 applications and they all read the same. Good scores, good GPA, and guess what? All letters of recommendation sound the same. When reading your cover letter, I honestly don't care what you type about why you want to fly with us. It could all just be bullshit that you just researched online the night before. I think it'd be awesome to see a cover letter, in bullet format, telling me about all the cool things you have done, the stuff the doesn't have a place on a resume. The stories you would tell your bros over a beer. And don't be a douche. These are all random thoughts after having a few beers. I encourage everyone to keep applying, no matter the odds. Age waivers are not common and I wouldn't expect a Squadron to be willing to work one, but you never know. You're application is really going to have to stand out and even then it's still a long shot. Use this information to make the best decision you can if you want to get in this business. Maybe the UPT ship has sailed, but there are other options out there that can still be pretty cool.
  25. Kenny Powers

    The new airline thread

    How'd you convince the pilots to let you do the flying?
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