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  1. Doing away with BPZ also does away with the limitations of only being able to promote a certain percentage of your shiny pennies "BPZ". I'd like to think it will iron out, but without the speed limit I have a feeling you will just see more HPOs promoted earlier, and using the extended promotion window to fix manning shortages once things settle down. I hope I'm wrong and there is less pressure to select our generals based off SOS performance.
  2. Someone smarter than I once told me that generals don't like saying "no" to things, as they will look like they are responsible for the failure if it was the wrong decision. Instead of owning up to their decisions, they just "ask for more information" repeatedly until either the staff surrenders, it dies, or they move on to a different job and it's someone else's decision to make. Not sure if that's the case, but it sure makes a lot of strange behavior make sense.
  3. Home baked goods are the best, but they generally don't travel well or last long. Varieties of packaged snacks. Something to break up the monotony of items 1-20 you eat on a regular basis. Quality isn't as big of a deal as variety...for example when dudes from Japan send a box full of 100 yen store junk food, it's a pretty big hit because of all the weird shit they have. Also it helps to have a few things that have a longer shelf life to throw in the helmet bag for missed meals. One time someone sent a huge box of unshelled peanuts. It was a pretty big hit and the ops floor forever looked like it was a texas roadhouse. You could go to a bulk grocery store and fill up a box with mixes and misc things like that. Sauces or salsa are good too. You can spice up a lot of shitty DFAC food with some sriracha or BW3 sauces. Gum. Mints. Water flavoring packets, if they have caffeine it's a bonus. Think crystal light, or something like the true lime packets. Air freshener things like candles or something you can ship. Everyone stinks, they just don't know it until a female walks within 100m and you regain your superhuman olfactory senses. One time someone sent a box full of silly string canisters and 30 minutes later all the string was gone and we had to break up a fist fight. Board games would generally do well...check your local thrift store or garage sales for cheap ones. Holiday items work as well. Santa hats and beards, discount halloween costume items...there's always a squadron clown that will put them to good use at the most inappropriate time. Rubber snakes, spiders, etc. would keep things lively for a bit. After-season discount christmas lights. Coffee is always a hit, and so are a variety of teas. Tylenol/Advil PM is the poor man's ambien when you've got a stingy flight doc. Also Amazon has kind of revolutionized deployments with free shipping. If you have a unit's direct address you could easily just amazon random stuff to them cheaper than any USPS box. Keeping an eye out on slickdeals.net you will always see wipes, food, coffee, etc. that can be sent via Prime for a fraction of the price you could do it yourself. If it can be eaten, it will. Also there is space-a mail for cheaper rates if whatever you are shipping can last a few months in transit.
  4. It's not about whether the action was actually illegal or not, it's a matter of perception. He perceived there was wrongdoing, brought it up. He did the right thing. You want to judge the action based on your perceived outcome, but that's not how things work. You want people to voice concerns when they have them no? You will never have a completely impartial complaint. It's not a thing, but you all act like every opinion is immediately invalid because someone has a perceived a bias. Immediately throwing out or silencing all complaints with any hint of bias is going to lead to there being zero complaints. This guy isn't the judge...he isn't determining legality or punishment, he simply raised his hand and said he had concerns and was silenced. The problem here is the right wing media is painting him as a partisan hack, which then puts the military in a bad light and you don't like. If the media were to simply look at him as a person voicing concerns through an established process (which he is), then it wouldn't be dragging down the "impartiality" reputation of the military. This is a predictable cycle though, as anyone who gives even the slightest shred of disagreement with Trump is immediately eaten alive, even if they are in your own party. It's easy to get riled up over him when you look at it under these set of political circumstances, but instead imagine a similar situation happening with an IG complaint, sexual assault, a maintainer sabotaging an airplane...etc. You don't want people out there witnessing potentially bad things to be second guessing themselves and being afraid of reporting. Report it and let the authorities sort it out. He did.
  5. Yes he thought Trump's method of conducting foreign policy was illegal. He went through appropriate channels and was silenced. When another investigative body comes along and asks questions, you think he should just shut up? Is that your answer for anytime a military person thinks they see someone break the law? "too effing bad"...keep your mouth shut and if you can't take it then quit? Jesus I hope you aren't in any sort of leadership position.
  6. The rub is someone thought there was a problem and is using the proper channels to voice their concerns. This is what we should all want on either side of the aisle, and I'll take hundreds of dudes testifying in uniform over one Reality Winner thinking the only way to voice their concern is to jeopardize national security. One of the golden rules...don't make it hard to do the right thing.
  7. Regardless of the dude's views, I'll never understand anyone whose identity is so wrapped up in their military service that they need to put it in their twitter handle.
  8. Looking at your PRF I am even more frustrated with this system, if that's possible. In the spirit of open-kimono, here is my PRF. I made it, but was firmly in the "Grey". I was told my my WG/CC to be "cautiously optimistic", so I had been sweating it quite a bit. The past few years I thought things were good, and was always told not to worry, but after taking the bonus and shortly thereafter being told the above, I was a bit pissed because I would have made different life choices had I seen the writing on the wall earlier. If the USAF doesn't like my work, that's fine I can find someone else to pay me money doing something that doesn't continually fuck me and my family over. Needless to say despite making it the entire experience and past year has honestly been a bit jading on me. Here is the 1-star feedback on my entire record when I asked for clarification on my "P" and shitty push line: Early OPRs are mediocre--to include not being stratted on my first OPR post-grad USAFWS which led him to ask if I had any disciplinary issues then (I did not) Lacked any strats on early OPRs I went from sq to gp, to sq and back to gp, not showing good progression (due to "AF needs") At one point my strat actually went downhill a few %...one year X/XX, next year top XX% I have too many functional strats that are "all throwaways the board will likely dismiss" (VMs, EWOs, branch chief, etc) Strats were often strange coming from rater (Capt strat from rating Capt, Strat by a DO as a Maj, Strat by a GS-12 as a Maj, etc) Not enough awards of any kind Not having a MSM going into IPZ as a major is unfortunate Was called out for "speeding" on job titles, said it would raise eyebrows with the board I had too many OPRs not in a "W" prefix Overall he said I was a late bloomer, and the board will have to square that with my poor early record, and hopefully my recent performance resonates with them. He said that it likely is a 50/50 chance I'm not here to pour salt on any wounds. In comparing our PRFs in many ways yours is stronger than mine, particularly in the push. I think it goes to show how finicky things can get in the "grey". Hopefully all this helps someone recognize any potential weaknesses in their own records or where they actually stand in the eyes of the USAF, and can make life decisions accordingly. Good luck next year everyone.
  9. That's a long time to sit on a desk
  10. I don't believe it. I've been tagged twice in a month, and when I showed up the second time it was the same group of guys I shot the shit with a few weeks earlier. Given how the bean counters love to save a penny it would make sense, especially since the pop rate is relatively low.
  11. Ask McConnell. All hell will break loose when the TSA folks miss their first check. The can only make ends meet so much by stealing shit out of my bags, and confiscating the good stuff at security lines.
  12. Going head to head with Mattis...that's a bold strategy cotton, lets see if it pays off! I very much look forward to reading Mattis' book.
  13. Or an entire year of not constantly putting out fires, being home for dinner and tucking the kids. I know it's hard to imagine, but not everyone puts their "quals" at the top of their priority list.
  14. We are always going to protect you. And you just saw that because you just got one of the biggest pay raises you’ve ever received — unless you don’t want it. (Applause.) Does anybody here — is anybody here willing to give up the big pay raise you just got? Raise your hands, please. Ah, I don’t see too many hands. Okay, don’t give it up. It’s great. You know what? Nobody deserves it more. You haven’t gotten one in more than 10 years — more than 10 years. And we got you a big one. I got you a big one. I got you a big one. (Applause.) They had plenty of people that came up. They said, “You know, we could make it smaller. We could make it 3 percent. We could make it 2 percent. We could make it 4 percent.” I said, “No. Make it 10 percent. Make it more than 10 percent.” Because it’s been a long time. It’s been more than 10 years. It’s been more than 10 years. That’s a long time. And, you know, you really put yourselves out there, and you put your lives out there. So congratulations.
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