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  1. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Thanks for this little gem! It made my morning.
  2. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Where are these undermanned AFRC & ANG units and what do they fly? From my experience all the units I’ve talked to have the drawn-out, picky, secret-decoder-ring hiring process. Must live local and have three first cousins in the unit to be considered.
  3. Help with a Divorce

    Contact your grad flight commander ASAP so they can work it with AFPC. You are NOT the first person that needs to move a formal training date due to life issues! Do not hesitate or feel bad asking for help from the chain on this one! If you get push back just keep trucking up the chain to the ADO, DO, CC, etc. in the STURON/OSS (depending on where you are).
  4. 200th Airlift Squadron

    Word on the street is that they are losing their airplanes this fiscal year - their funding was/is missing from the 2018 NDAA. Hopefully the NGB and/or COANG pull a rabbit out of hat and restore funding. Barring that, hopefully those in the unit have a soft landing elsewhere. (I'm a second-hand source, no affiliation with the unit.)
  5. I need some advice

    Go fly jets in your 20s while you still can. The finance industry will still be here when you're done. Unlike some industries (ex: airlines) finance is not purely seniority-based. Get the best of both worlds and go Guard/Reserve. Don't let @Duck get you down. He'll still be on BODN and bitter long after he's out and managing the Chick-Fil-A of his dreams.
  6. Ordering Patches (name, morale, fun meter)

    I use nametags4.com for leather A-2 name tags. No BS, website from this millennia, modern payment options. Just make sure to specific it's for an A-2 jacket and they'll do the standard brown leather with a black leather border.
  7. Promotion and PRF Information

    So... anybody have intel on if/when Congress might approve the O-4 promotion list for the 2008 YG? The first batch is set to pin on "1 Oct or Senate confirmation, whichever is later."
  8. It's only good for 1 or 2 years. Don't count on the ability to sign up again for a longer duration or a higher bonus (without more strings/ADSC attached). You'll be at the mercy of the 2018/2019 program later f you so choose. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network Forums
  9. The 1-2 year option may be a boon for those seeking the airlines, especially if they are non-current or not competitive for a legacy carrier at the end of their UPT ADSC. Those folks could sling gear for a regional for $38K/year or keep flying for Big Blue for $150K/year with the bonus. I know which one I'd choose to build my resume, especially if I was in a line flying squadron. A 1 year bonus ADSC would preserve the 7-day option for a PCS while keeping the 365 risk (window) small. Thoughts?
  10. 3 year ADSC for advanced flying training if you are getting a Form 8 in an airframe new-to-you. (Doesn't count if you flew it in UPT.) Starts upon graduation of that syllabus. Too lazy to cite the AFI so take it with a grain of salt. That's the ADSC. When the AFPC trainer functional will release you is a whole different story. Here in my corner of AETC we are all on 4 year tours (3.5 years post-PIT) before reaching escape velocity.
  11. Track Selects and Assignment Nights

    EN 17-01 was previously covered here: http://www.flyingsquadron.com/forums/topic/4486-track-selects-and-assignment-nights/?do=findComment&comment=416551 EN 17-02 drops in a couple of weeks. Side note: I could not have run my T-6 student flight without the outstanding efforts of a cadre of T-6 FAIPs -- God bless 'em all. It's difficult to differentiate performance at at the Lieutenant level regardless of MWS/white jet. Some people will get their dream follow-on and others with get the opposite. Welcome to Big Blue.
  12. Take rates for FY16 as of 12 Sep with 18 days left until the program closes are shown below. Highlights: 45.6% take rate for pilots overall. Early takers for FY17 are at 25.9% and, as recently alluded, the FY17 ACP isn't likely until Spring at the earliest.
  13. Changing/Switching airframes

    Major General Allardice, is that you?! Nothing helps morale like have a two-star say that exact thing to your face as an impressionable junior captain. That kind of stuff is what happens between year 1-8 -- in addition to marriage, kids, and changing priorities -- that make CGOs want to punch so badly.
  14. Track Selects and Assignment Nights

    MAF school houses are much shorter than CAF school houses. Some -- like the KC-10 -- are in-house at their respective bases. MAF co-pilot courses are typically a TDY enroute to a PCS which is why MAF assignments typically come with bases attached. Yes, the C-130 school house is typically a PCS -- just barely. CAF courses are a PCS where you find out your first operational base sometime during your B-course. As for the FAIPs, well... HOW ABOUT THAT EN 16-08 DROP LAST WEEK... ANYBODY?!
  15. Track Selects and Assignment Nights

    EN 16-08, anybody? I think their drop was this past Thursday night.