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  1. As long as we're basing major life decision on what a child thinks is best, a lot of kids grow up wanting to be a dinosaur. But it has to be a T-rex, I mean, no kid grows up wanting to be a f-cking brontosaurus. Or at least, very few do. Just stop sitting there and pretending like a triceratops is anywhere as cool as a velociraptor.
  2. Glad I married a low performing woman. Life is so much easier without expectations.
  3. At my airline, you'd just bid a line, drop leave the days you knew you'd be on alert, maybe add a little slop time, and then show up to fly your trips at the end of the month. They literally do not give a shit that you're double dipping as long as you actually show up to fly what's on your schedule. Meanwhile other dudes are getting threatened with being fired. Fuck that. The company you work for matters.
  4. It's like watching a bunch of homeless people fight over a ham sandwich that someone threw in the trash.
  5. One often forgotten thing about tankers is that you work with almost every single other flying community in the AF. You have a piece of the fighter mission, conventional bombers, the AE mission, AFSOC, mobility, secret squirrel ISR, C2, TACAMO, Naval carrier defense, test pilot stuff, CAS, homeland defense alert, nuke bombers. You get a taste of several different parts of the flying world. Pretty much everybody except slick herks and helos. On the airlift side, you tend to work a lot more with ground troops. Tankers have almost zero interaction with the Army. So if that's your bag, then go after it. The most common guard/reserve heavies are herks and KC-135s, followed by C-17s, then C-5's, then finally KC-10's which only have 2 units, but honestly it's not that hard to transition if a unit is willing to hire you. But I guess what I'm saying is you're more likely to find a nearby tanker unit for your commute than you are a C-5 unit or something.
  6. Yeah....that's why you don't do hiring for Google. I'd put my money on that college kid being able to run circles around some government trained IT troop when it comes to coding. That kid was probably staying up at 4am every night in Palo Alto or Pasadena smoking weed and coding apps and video game mods with his buddies for the past 6 years, instead of having to worry about dorm inspections and showing up at 0600 for squadron PT or something.
  7. Fair point, but having to even care about a 5k/yr difference in retirement pay is not exactly my idea of "success".
  8. I truly believe that the guys up at headquarters understand that there is a manning issue, but the truth is, nobody above them is really clamoring for them to fix it. SecDef doesn't seem to care that much, and POTUS obviously has enough on his plate. The wars and high priority missions are getting flown and fought, we're losing an acceptable number of jets (enough that it doesn't make the news), and Congress is getting money flowed into their districts under the current status quo. I mean, let's all be honest, manning numbers are pretty much notional as it is. Until we start losing lives and jets because the few pilots that are left can't safely fly 200 hours a month, you're not going to see any revolutionary changes in the way we do business.
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    Not only would I not upgrade, I would start giving away trips.
  10. Depends on the person. But let’s not sit here and pretend like the military route is always the right (or the best) choice. For a lot of guys, it turns out to be a mistake, though an ultimately profitable one.
  11. I see no reason why anyone should ever feel guilty for min running their unit. The fact that we burn so many TP's on top of our normal UTA/AT requirement to stay current is plenty. But if you're chronically NMR then yeah you need to shit or get off the pot.
  12. If you live in an area where both your mil job and civ job are located, then IMO it can be a pretty good deal to stay in the reserves. In a situation where a guy who got out might stay in a narrowbody to maintain their QoL with relative seniority, a DSG/TR can maintain a similar QoL while bidding up to a higher paying seat.
  13. Widebody reserve F/O living in base. You could realistically block less than 100 hours of hard time in a year and earn 250k. Personally, I blocked around 340 and credited 850, and only dropped about 20 days of military leave last year on a narrowbody. Not making huge bucks, but I'm not working very hard either.
  14. Personally I like PBS. I don't have to browse a bunch of lines.. I just tell it what I want, and make it less restrictive for the next bid, and so forth. Sometimes a few gems will fall through the cracks. But, I just trade into what I want if I don't like it anyway.
  15. What's there to get? You extrapolated your personal bad experiences at Travis into being a MAF-wide problem, and how life is better being in U-2's. Which, I'm sure your new life is a great experience and all, but the problem was never the MAF, it was your priorities. I somehow managed to exist in the same MAF as you, at the same time, and had a much different experience. Because I had different priorities. It reminds me of the dudes who choose career over family and then bitch and then complain about how the Air Force ruined their marriage and estranged them from their kids. Like, no dude, that's your own damn fault.
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