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  1. Aren’t doctors already doctors (for the most part) when they get here?
  2. FY20 is a year and a half away. Much can change between now and then. Did the VCSAF mention offering the bonus this year and next? Or is it understood to be dead with the “chance” congress will approve something well into the future?
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    Raise Taxes, Fire up the Draft.

    Is it only slavery to you if they go to prison or for any negative reprisal? A forfeiture of voting rights for non-compliance with the draft is another way without inundating the prison system. I’m not advocating for any of it, just playing Devil’s advocate. Pun intended. Also, Devil, would you recommend implementing a selective draft or mandatory service for all? Significant difference. I don’t believe someone running on that platform would win, maybe. But it could very likely get the conversation started about the issues at hand. My biggest gripe with the platform is that once taxes are raised they will likely never recede, even if the increase is slated to pay down the cost of war. A temporary tax increase coupled with a reduction in spending sounds more appealing to me. Just my $.02.
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    The new airline thread

    There was a span where they were DAV64 coding dudes which essentially shielded them from deployments. It was a quarterly process and went up the chain, I believe AETC/CC, for approval. HAF/A3 got smart/pissed and stated the DAV64 no longer protected individuals if mission failure was on the line. Obviously, mission failure for Deid PowerPoint deployments is a debatable topic but General W won and got his white jet deployers back.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Dream...I wish that your experience was more of the norm. Unfortunately, in my experience leadership has typically passed the buck on making the call on many under-performers. I am not talking about individuals who force commanders to take action after a DUI/e-ticket/etc, but rather those who just aren't performing in the top 85% but do just enough to get by, legally. Does the CSAF still want those individuals promoted? To me it is obvious not to promote those with a UIF (though I know not all UIFs are equal) but it's not obvious what the Chief's expectations are in his latest comments. My original comment was tongue-in-cheek...I've worked for some great commander's, many that I consider close confidantes a decade plus after I worked for them. One of which is lauded by many in this forum for his AF viral blog. The weakness I witnessed by each of them was to nip poor performance in the bud. Maybe I am a bit jaded, but I have a gut feeling that going forward without any regulated accountability, commanders will not "be a f$&king man" and choose the path of least resistance. How long was fire-wall fives a known problem? Everyone knew the right thing was to mark individuals down to truly depict many individuals records but the top 85% were firewalled! I expect the negative connotation to "be a man" and have an individual without a UIF or any obvious negative discriminators passed over, even if it's the right thing to do, will outweigh their decision to speak up. Just my .02, not how I would handle it, nor is is how I want it done.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    So at what point prior to the next board is the AF going to provide CC's the spine to truly mentor and state an individuals worth in the squadron to their face? This is a novel concept by the Secretary, but I posit that it will not happen in the next 4 years. CC's typically let someone else do their dirty work or have become all too accustomed to utilizing PRF subtleties to eliminate an individual.
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    Goldfein advocating FAA 1500 hour rule change???

    Dude...you sound like you want to speak precisely but offer broad generalizations. WTF does "in the ballpark of millions" mean? Come on now. Further, your example of the quarter mil made as a senior captain is flawed unless the individual is not earning retirement, a paycheck, or any other compensation elsewhere. Then I'd buy it. What does a retired O-6 make in retirement? What will they likely bring in in their second career (airlines or other)? How short of the "senior captain" pay will they be at that stage in their life? Not likely as short as you seem to think. If you want to quote the RAND study then do so, but your statement is flawed at best.
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    Goldfein advocating FAA 1500 hour rule change???

    You're on to something here. There is a "baseline" pay/compensation that the AF is failing to meet for the job required of its pilots. This "baseline" is currently set by the airlines. The bonus is nothing more than an extrinsic motivator. Typically individuals solely motivated by a carrot in front of their nose do not perform to a high standard. Many have thrown around the idea of a flight pay increase, THIS will help meet the baseline. The biggest issue, and the most difficult for the AF to fix is getting peoples hearts back in the game. I'm not sure we are anywhere near getting the masses to the level of intrinsic motivation to remain to fix the problem. That said, the bonus (current) is icing on the cake for those who were already motivated to remain. Daniel Pink's book "Drive" covers the psychology of all of this. It's a great read, that believe it or not, was recommended by 2 GO's that spoke at ACSC this year. They're reading the right stuff, the big AF is just unable to figure it out. But like you said, the bonus money is nice, but it is not everything.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Possibly, but wouldn't it also increase the rush to get a PRF written on a brand new dude fresh from school? The school MLR is pretty successful. DPs are still given (to some, same allocation % as big AF) with great success to P's. 100% IPZ promotion this year at ACSC anyway.
  10. AlphaMikeFoxtrot

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Your ability to write. That's all it measures.
  11. AlphaMikeFoxtrot

    Promotion and PRF Information

    From my time as an exec the data would show up from the FSS to our office. They would provide a letter of congratulations/regret that would typically be given to the Sq/CC's for dissemination. The letters would be signed by the senior rater and he would invite a time to discuss the results if anyone was interested. Also we would notify the non-selects first before the selects. I don't remember there ever being a NET release date. We would get the info out ASAP, usually a couple of days from receipt until all were notified. It was understood that folks wouldn't make it facebook official until the time of the official release. I have seen other senior raters hand the letters out themselves. This typically delayed the notification becuase finding a block in their schedule large enough for the LTC or Maj board results is difficult.
  12. Chang...please stop with the rhetoric and oversimplification of the repercussions of stop loss. You challenge the patriotism of individuals who HAVE served and separated from the AF. You have no knowledge of their level of patriotism or sacrifice. Are you an advocate for conscription to fill the void of other such manning shortages? What's the difference? Stop loss, for all intents and purposes turns an all volunteer force into a selective draft. I would argue drafting or applying stop loss to individuals to become power point rangers or bullet sponges is an effective technique because patriotism be damned their morale is likely in the crapper anyway. Now apply that logic to aviation, where individuals are FORCED into a position responsible for multimillion dollar weapon systems. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. Be sure to add a line to the ORM matrix for stop lossed aircrew members. Don't put the past screw ups of your beloved personnel world on the shoulders of aviators who departed the fix for greener pastures. It is amazing that you cannot see that YOU are the problem and the solution is NOT to ask more from those that you need. Fix your world, demonstrate your accountability, fire your leadership, and then maybe you will have an influx of VOLUNTEERS to come back and demonstrate the patriotism that is within each of us. Until then...fuck off!
  13. AlphaMikeFoxtrot

    Promotion and PRF Information

    I think he's just picking and choosing strats from his ROP. Nothing states that those 2 strats came from the same OPR and each can make it onto the PRF. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's how I read it.
  14. If you are in town stick to the neighborhoods around the lake or what everyone affectionately calls the "Reservation." There are some newer/larger homes just north of the Res in Ceniza Hills (where we lived). Houses up there can get a bit pricey but they are nice and typically sit on a large lot. I loved the community, but you'll recognize the places you don't want to live fairly easily. There's nothing out by the base unless you're a FAIP or a student. I can't really speak to the bar scene, spent most of my time with my 2 lil kiddos, but Doc Holiday's is about it from what I understand. Lots of house parties and base functions. Graduation and drop every three weeks! Let me know if you've got any other questions.
  15. Congrats! I just left there and loved it. I know I'm an anomaly. It's close to home for me (New Braunfels), the lake is awesome, and there is pretty good hunting all around. As far as places to live on the lake with direct access there are two fishing communities on the north side; Box Canyon and Amistad Acres. They are also close to some public dove hunting areas. These are a bit of a drive but the fishing, in my opinion, is better in that area. There's subdivisions closer to town and on the lake but they use public ramps and are usually a bit pricey. If you live in town I recommend the Reservation (all roads off of Arrowhead Tr.). Warning though, re-sale of the houses on the north side may be difficult. You have to find someone that has the same desires as you. Not always easy, most people are fine with cramping themselves into a tiny home on the base and suffering through 3-4 years in Del Rio. The commute to the base from anywhere by the lake and the north side of town is easy now with the loop. Let me know if you have any other questions. BTW, I would take my center console to Sargent and Galveston's West Bay often. Pretty easy drive. Never took it to Port A. Will be there this July though for a tournament though.
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