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joe1234 last won the day on May 12

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  1. joe1234

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Technically, non-compliance can be punished. Just write crazy shit into your OPR and see how many times they kick it back before they get frustrated and do it themselves. Then do that same thing year after year until they learn their lesson.
  2. joe1234

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Seriously, I don't get all this hand-wringing over staying in a career where you're shit on, unappreciated, kept in the dark about your future, and probably being paid half what you're worth How many times do y'all have to eat shit and ask for seconds before you say enough is enough?
  3. First of all, never tell anyone that you're even .001% regretful for where you ended up. If the response from internet strangers is any indication, the people around you will be incredibly vindictive if you let that little bit of info slip out. It's fucked up, but that's how it is. There are plenty of commanders who will be personally offended that your life's dream isn't to be exactly like them, and will try to fuck you over because you're "ungrateful". No matter how cool he/she seems, never assume because the consequences can be devastating for you. Second, there's temporary ways out. For example, TPS if you're a prior engineer. U-2/Global Hawks/ALO/Foreign Area Officer/etc. You gotta do your research but you're not confined to your squadron for the next 10 years. But you really gotta dig. Ask people who have done it before. Call up your functional and see what's out there. Call up any mentors or former instructors. You can probably even crosstrain to a heavy while still AD -- it's much easier to go fighter -> heavy than the other way around. Third, once you get to the end of your commitment, you can join pretty much any unit and fly any plane you're able to get hired for. Or, you can even crosstrain to a nonflying job and just be a 9-5 AGR/ART type dude living where you want to live. If you have no desire to fly airplanes anymore, then, well, there's more than one way to get permanently DNIF'd. Of all the things the military can force you to do, it can't force you to sign for a jet and go fly. Yeah, there's consequences, but unless you plan on making a career out of it. And that's active duty -- once you go guard/reserves the slate is kinda wiped clean (unless you did something really fucked up). It gets better.
  4. Well, the age when most people go to UPT is the tail end of that "you can't tell me anything, I've got it all figured out" phase of life. So, I think it hits them twice as hard knowing that not only are they disillusioned, but everyone warned them beforehand and they still didn't listen.
  5. joe1234

    The new airline thread

    I get it, everyone says this. But, I just never see airlines actually slow down military hiring because of it. Delta has been giving military guys shit for taking leave for years and hasn't seemed to slowed their military hiring one bit. FedEx to a lesser extent. American and United don't seem to give two shits either way. Not sure about SWA/JetBlue/Alaska. And this is before the bulk of the wave. We're not even at the peak yet.
  6. joe1234

    The new airline thread

    You're supposed to show up and work the schedule when your airline gives it to you. You can take military leave on your airline work days to perform military duty, aka being on a military status. But if you're in a civilian status, you cannot submit mil leave for that purpose. If you're waiting for 2 months to start your flying training, then you are not "scheduled" for anything with the airline, so you can do your ART job, sell houses, mow lawns, go dance at a strip club, whatever (unless it's civilian flying b/c of FAA flying maximums). If you're an AGR, you can drop 5 straight years the very day after indoc. Yeah, it "looks bad", but guys do it all the time with no issues. Hell, I'd do it if I was still on first year pay.
  7. joe1234

    NFL Ratings are Way Down

    Wait....so you actually think college and high school players don't do those things? College ball is 100x more corrupt and shady than the NFL could ever hope to be.
  8. joe1234

    Retirement / Separation Considerations

    See, this is why friends don't let friends stay on active duty. Even if you're having a good run, your head is still in the guillotine, just waiting for that blade to eventually fall....
  9. joe1234

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Yes, you can do that. I ended up with about 3 months of terminal. Get your TAP class scheduled and knock it out ASAP. You miss a week of work and you don't want to be doing that shit while you're in the middle of PCSing, separating, and job hunting all at one time.
  10. joe1234

    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    Well, I'm not a fighter guy, but does it involve not irreparably fucking up your own training pipeline manning so hardcore that you have to get a bunch of MAF guys to come and bail you out? Is that lesson covered in IFF? I wouldn't know, because I never went.
  11. Skeptical about any of this. There's basically two Air Forces, the operation itself, and the bureacracy that exists to perpetuate itself first (and support the operation second). I can't imagine the bureacracy willingly giving up even a tiny slice of power in favor of improving the operation. I mean, the operation is literally in danger of failing due to a labor shortage because the bureaucracy is that powerful and unwilling to change. No way this plan sticks.
  12. joe1234

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    They won't revoke it all at once. They'll chip at it little by little, along with Tricare to the point where it becomes imperceptible to the general public.
  13. joe1234

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    You sure about that? But also, it won't get you in the left seat of a widebody making 350k+/year for 10+ years. Again, some people can stomach the risk and some can't. Do what's best for you and yours.
  14. joe1234

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    True, but having a low seniority number at a legacy airline makes life much easier too. Every time I see a guy break down the math of staying vs. going, they always come out much farther ahead by getting out ASAP. Like investing, you go with the risk you can tolerate.
  15. joe1234

    Military appreciation has jumped the shark

    Overhead bin space.