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joe1234 last won the day on May 2 2016

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  1. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Yeah, it certainly feels that way when half the line flyers in your squadron get non-vol'd to deployments and stupid AFPAK hands bullshit, while the other half are ladder climbing bitches eagerly volunteering for wing exec, aide-de-camp, and Phoenix whatever bullshit, leaving you and like 3 other dudes to fly the entire schedule. Glad I'm out, haha.
  2. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I imagine part of it is that they over-produced mobility pilots for a few years, back when maybe only 4-5 guys in a class of 30 drop T-38's, combined with sending a bunch of T-38 trained dudes to heavies. 11M has been overmanned for a long, long time.
  3. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    This is an interesting conversation. The answer is, if you're in Okinawa, you're just a pawn in a much bigger game being played. The government of Japan wants us there but has to placate the Okinawans and convince their own citizens to look the other way. Committing a crime -- any crime -- makes them lose face. So, the U.S. does curfews and punishments. It saves face at the cost of pissing off the pawns who justifiably bitch about it being unfair, but they are pawns and who gives a shit what pawns think. You guys complain about bad management and poor leaders, but the truth of the matter is, the vast majority of the military will eat shit and ask for seconds no matter how badly you treat them. You can't be that shocked that most leaders will take advantage of that fact.
  4. Promotion and PRF Information

    It is very common Perhaps not in the circles that you run in, but there are tons of guys doing anything they can to escape from Big Blue. The desperation is real. We're not just making it up.
  5. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I wish every time someone filled out a survey, they just simply said "fuck you, pay me". What about a career intermis-- "fuck you, pay me". How about enhanced promotion opport-- "fuck you, pay me".
  6. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Maybe I'm skeptical, but I think this is just a way to keep the rank chasers "on the hook" until a little later down the road. So, instead of finding out if you're going to be a fast burner like 1 year before your commitment ends and bail, you stay in and find out once you've signed the bonus and they already own you. Not that I'm sympathetic, since rank chasers can all go get fucked. I'm just surprised it hasn't happened earlier.
  7. Air Force/Airline Meeting

    You can't change USERRA, but you can change who even gets orders in the first place. There's nothing stopping the Air Force from, say, denying long term orders to a name that appears on a legacy seniority list.
  8. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I get that it's the military, and pissing contests/butthurt fragile egos/red tape dominate the entire way of life, but.... why can't we just have flyers/ops be in charge of flying and running wars and battle staffs, and then have support guys dickfight each other over school, volunteer crap, and high vis non operational staff gigs. Its the bullshit fake equality that needs to go. Anyone who no-shit flies, fights, plans, runs, or deters the air war needs to be put in one box (where their worth is measured in ability to contribute to the war), and the people-herders need to be put in another box and be measured by their ability to support the mission. Do that, and I promise you, you would see more young flyers burning the midnight oil to come up with insane new innovative ways to win wars, rather than writing bullshit essays for a degree that has no relevance to their job.
  9. Honestly that was my biggest problem. Being told over and over again that we're all the same and contribute equally. I'm not saying pilots have to be treated like divas, but when you're competing a 11F and a loggie in the same bucket, and then pass over the fighter dude who was 1000x more costly to train in the name of fairness, then your flying organization is hopelessly fucked. That would be like a hospital firing neurosurgeons and cardiologists to make room for more accountants and HR people because they had more volunteer hours and face time with the administration. The brass is starting to painfully admit that the line pilots are their rainmakers. Hopefully the young dudes get a better deal than we got. But I do reserve the right to take such joy and happiness in seeing these generals squirm and suffer in the process.
  10. I'd say we're about prototype plus 20 years out from single/zero pilot ops, and the reason is that the airlines have far too much capital already invested in their current fleets that it would take about 25 years to feasibly cycle those new jets out. I'd imagine it would take at least 10 years from the prototype stage just to get it on a production line, 5 years of extensive testing and government certification, and then 5 more years for it to prove itself viable commercially. More than likely you will see LCC's/regionals/cargo with smaller, cheaper jets/retrofits to prove the concept as profitable. The successful ones will get flying contracted out by the legacies as they put the hammer on unions to gradually allow scope to erode. I think ETOPS flying might be much more difficult to get certified with 1 or 0 pilot flying, though. Too risky for the lack of divert options over a vast ocean.
  11. Promotion and PRF Information

    DOPMA was passed in 1980. Since then, the Air Force has had to increase the pilot commitment to an absurdly long 10 years (1999 or 2000) due to the fact that the attractiveness of a full military career has absolutely plummeted. If it was still 6 years, this wouldn't be a problem, but the rather than fix the problem, the military just used the AFI as a hammer to keep people longer. When you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.
  12. Promotion and PRF Information

    The aforementioned method of getting out early absolutely works. And continuation requires a positive, written response from the member. In other words, once twice passed over, only the non-selectee can stop the separation process by agreeing to continuation. Oh and you also get invol sep benefits, other than the pay. So, TAMP, 2 years of commissary/BX access, 3 weeks PTDY, the right to file for unemployment, etc.
  13. I've been searching for the answer to this, but the internet seems 100% focused on initial accessions instead of guys who transfer from AD to reserves. Basically, let's say a pilot gets out and goes guard or reserve -- what is their obligation to stay in (assuming no formal training schools, etc)? Is there a time commitment, or is it like putting in a two weeks' notice and saying bye? Also, is it possible to get forced to stay in? Like, if I was planning on staying at a unit for 2-3 years, marked the end date down on my calendar and was definitely transferring no matter what happened, and all of a sudden something gets kicked off and we're activated, am I now forced to go on that deployment despite previous plans of severing ties completely?
  14. Promotion and PRF Information

    This quote basically sums up the reason I'm getting out. I'm content to indirectly watch the AF implode through my friends' Facebook posts, all while from the safety of my snuggly DD-214 blanket.
  15. A tanker works with almost every other airframe/mission...fighters, bombers, paxlift/airlift, AE, AFSOC, C2/ISR, Navy, Marines, nuclear, foreign military, etc. Because of that, the missions are going to be very diverse. In one month, a crew could go from supporting a fighter exercise one week, sitting nuclear alert the next week, flying an aeromedical evac mission the week after, and then supporting up gunships to finish off the month. The tanker is actually very cheap per flight hour and has very long legs, so you get some interesting taskings that you would never expect.