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ViperStud last won the day on November 6 2017

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  1. Problem is that the initial PTN trainees were heavily screened, accepting something like 10/200 - only the best candidates. Let’s see what happens when the average stud goes through the program before we talk about it cranking out a better product. IFF, as originally intended, is dead. The writing on the wall is that, should PTN go full-scale, IFF goes away. The washout rate is way down and we at the FTUs have had to drop the hammer where they have failed. We’ve washed out several punks over the past few years that simply didn’t belong in a fighter FTU. We called back to the 435th about the last one and got a canned “he met the course requirements” answer. IFF is simply under the thumb of AD leadership and their “graduate more” mandate. Rant sw - off
  2. Thanks for the offer. There is one surplus store I’ll checknout. I’ll PM you if I’m SOL. Already found one set they the bro network. Need to track down a second set and one for the hat
  3. The problem is my closest base doesn’t stock any of it and my old bags have Capt rank. The uniform sales dude told me no one carries them anymore, but I’m thinking he’s full of it and it’s just this location.
  4. Time is the single most important variable to most of us young-ish types. We just got a nice jump with locality and retention bonus on the tech side...but still have 22 open tech jobs and AGRs filling as soon as they open. I’m “ahead” dollar-for-dollar as an O-5 AGR on the bonus, but the real thing I care about is that every day is a point toward 7300. If I could make another 25k annually as a tech, I wouldn’t do it. There’s no end to the tech game and the intangibles, especially medical if something goes wrong, are significant Not a whole lot of dudes under 50 want to keep flying for Uncle Sam until they’re almost 60. We want to close out our 20 and move on to a better QOL and put the “What’s wrong with the AF” stuff in the rear-view mirror.
  5. Looking for 3 sets, but beggars can't be choosers.
  6. ViperStud


    Truer words have never been spoken. It’s amazing the crap we’ll put up with when we think we are doing it for the right reasons. It’ll be painful in the short-term, but if you learn from it and really think about what’s important for you in the future, you will end up far happier than you ever thought possible.
  7. We used to go TDY from Lunke to Mesa for sims. At the time the official line was that anything outside 50 miles was outside the local area so this process was standard.
  8. After all these years, I've found new issues with finance - currently engaged two circle with losing cues. Anyone have experience getting the following reimbursed: Citi Cash Advance Fees, ATM fees and a Visa overstay fine? Big picture: TDY OCONUS to a country where cash payments were the only acceptable form of payment for lodging and driver. No one has a problem accepting that; the issue is with getting the associated expenses reimbursed. City CA fees: found a pamphlet (not JTR) that mentions they're not reimbursable. Nothing in the JTR that finance or I could find. Their default position - no reimbursement, regardless of the fact that payments could only be made in cash. ATM fees: there's a blurb in the JTR stating they have to be approved by the "Secretarial Process" by O-6 or greater ahead of time. My OG approved them. Finance chief says the "Secretarial Process" means routing approval to SECAF for my ATM fees, but says she doesn't have that in writing anywhere. YGBFSM. Visa overstay: issued a 30-day tourist visa in my official passport upon arrival and overstayed it a few days. Embassy gave me a MFR asking immigration to waive the overstay fee. They won't (standard slightly-underdeveloped country cash grab) and there is no reference of anything like this in the JTR. Their default position - no reimbursement. Pile-on: CPTS wants to use a website called OANDA for daily conversion rates. I kept meticulous notes of the overall cash I withdrew against the GOVCC and have an overall conversion rate that I realized. Using OANDA instead of the real conversion rate nickel and dimes me on every transaction. When pressed, they said there is no guidance to use OANDA anywhere but it's what their training courses used so it has stuck. That's a best practice, not guidance. This is the smallest of problems (monetarily) with this voucher but I want to fight back out of priciple. Anyone have experience with the expenses above?
  9. Star Fox, we could give you much more sound advice if we know what we’re dealing with here...
  10. This story is about 5 years old. First and foremost, AF doesn’t give AF about soon-to-be anything. You’re either married or not. Couple went through UPT at the same base with her about two months ahead. Both went -38s but she excelled and he did not. Flight CCs had some heart-to-heart discussions with them about being realistic; ie, he wasn’t going to get a fighter. When it came to decision time, they made two moves. First, she put Vipers number one and got one. Second, they pulled the trigger and got married. I don’t know how many times I heard him say “we’re hoping I finish up well and the AF does the right thing.” That rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. He ended up getting what he earned, which was not a fighter. Two years later the divorce was already final. Lessons learned: they were not on the same page. There are realistic aircraft assignments that make it easier, but typically not the most sought-after ones. Really love each other? Have her go to Toners and put KC-135s as number one. That’s true love. If you want fighters: Unless you can both perform well enough to be top third of T-38 track, you are ball-walking. Vipers would be best bet out of sheer numbers, but you’d both better kick ass. With her being 6 months out in front, you’ll realistically have no idea about your own performance before she needs to make decisions (track night, dream sheet). Have her fall off her scooter, break an ankle and roll back a few classes. That’ll increase your ability to make informed decisions. Edited to answer your questions bluntly. What happens to you is a function of (A) your performance and (B) how realistic you two are. I don’t doubt there were rare CCs who bent over backwards, but UPT is the most merit-based system we have. You will not be gifted an assignment if you don’t earn it. Yes, if she gets a rare assignment that hurts your chances. Bases do trade aircraft between them when drops go down, but it’s based on merit. You have more control of your destiny if you target assignments that aren’t as sought after: think FAIP and tankers at the top of that list. You guys need to think about what is top priority: relationship or chasing the dream of a specific aircraft. Having both is low PK.
  11. You’re on point. I rolled my ankle playing hoops at ASBC eons ago. I asked my flight CC if I could skip one or two of their retarded “kill the bunny” exercises and just do everything else because my ankle was black/blue and hurt like hell. It was a bad sprain. After “consulting” with the SQ/CC they thought it best that I just go home and come back again later if I couldn’t do EVERYTHING. I told the captain that he and the CC were clueless (which he didn’t appreciate from a Lt, if you can imagine that), sucked it up and stayed. AF leadership hasn’t changed much in 16 years. Sad.
  12. I’ve never been to a naming where neither the CC nor DO were present. If both are unavailable, it gets rescheduled. There’s a reason for that...and it’s what we are talking about right now. Fail
  13. Pawnman, stop fellating me bro. Bashi might get turned on and not know how to handle it. /s
  14. Thanks for the advice. I’m obviously not in the 87th but got the story from someone at XL. Some good dudes got caught up in this, no doubt. Here’s the thing Bashi - sometimes good people fvck up. When that happens, sometimes those good people get canned. Good CCs know how to find the sweet spot between letting people burn the place down and micromanaging the shit out of them. Sounds like someone couldn’t find that sweet spot. Might be a great dude, but by definition not a great CC. Don’t let one of those cloud your judgment of the other. Before you respond that I don’t know all the details - you’re right. I’m not there day-to-day. The details I do know, though, warrant someone getting canned. It’s too bad there was so much collateral damage.
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