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  1. According to the guys here, all funds are properly loaded, but AROWS is messed up, so we have to wait until it's fixed. Classic cross-finger pointing. Anyone had success with the updated AROWS?
  2. You can absolutely turn down the offer, but clearly you risk going to UPT at all (if you don't subsequently get hired by another unit). Do it before swearing in, and nobody should care that much (as you said, alternates), do it after and you might piss people off. It's your life, don't let a few people possibly being pissed drive your decidion, but also know if fighters don't work out and you're back applying for heavy units, I have to imagine you may face an uphill battle (the new prospective units will find out, whether you tell them or not). Hard call, good luck.
  3. Thanks...guess another trip to finance is warranted.
  4. Tried to log an AFTP yesterday and got something about funds not available, contact the budget office...before I could sign it. ??? abound at base agencies. Anyone dealt with this?
  5. I need some advice

  6. The new airline thread

    The two closest potential bases are 3.4 and 6 hrs driving, both with several non-stop flights each day out of my local airport. So, I guess about as reasonable as it can get without living in base.
  7. The new airline thread

    It is a TX+seasoning (~2.5-3 yrs total). Not co-located, but a "reasonable" commute.
  8. The new airline thread

    Valid...and no it wouldn't take me all the way to retirement, but it does put me closer. The "issue" is the AGR is tied to a TX, so unless I want to full up stop working for the guard and not TX, then I "have to" go with the 2.5-3 yrs AGR. I do recognize I could full up quit the AF or move to another location to forego a TX, but neither are something I or the family want to do, regardless of what we are considering for the next job down the road. Thanks for the info dudes, glad to be smarter on the whole thing; certainly have some thinking to do.
  9. The new airline thread

    Copy shots...I was not aware there was profit sharing, etc. immediately following hiring. In my mind it was purely a number on a spread sheet and nothing more (e.g. no loss for the company in the short term); now I'm more educated (but still pretty dumb on the whole process). I don't know exactly when the orders will start, but even if I'm hired quickly, I probably wouldn't be able to get through more than 4-6 months of probation. Is at least some amount of probation OK or are you guys saying do all or don't even try for the airlines until you have the full year (or more) to commit?
  10. The new airline thread

    Orders for ~3 years. Makes sense what you guys are saying. Seems like a company would benefit by spending very little on a guy to lock him in down the road, i.e. another body on the books which isn't going to a competitor.
  11. The new airline thread

    How do the different majors look at/feel about mil leave IRT timing of indoc/training? Part of me is starting to think it'd be a loss to not get the foot in the door now, but on the other hand I'm not ready to be a part timer, at least for the foreseeable future. Meaning, I don't want to go fly the line for a year, then drop orders, preferably would do it far earlier than that. Is that a pipe dream? Depend on the company? The alternative is shitcan the idea, but then I'll likely be 40-something and wishing I'd done it earlier (get a line # that is).
  12. B-1 (Bone) questions

    And there's the problem, people think sniper/litening pods are good for CDE scans. Real big picture sure, but FAR from the fidelity/accuracy of scans accomplished by the guys who actually are meant/built for such a thing. A buff should never be doing those scans, and its overselling capability to say to the Army a sniper/litening can effectively accomplish scans (especially to the level the army wants/expects). Again, we need to tell the Army to fuck off and play each asset to what it's for, not try to make everything persistent ISR...those assets already exist.
  13. B-1 (Bone) questions

    Honestly CAF/AFGSC assets should generally stick to sniper-like pods. Of course we should continue to improve capes, but keep in mind the mission of said assets. We are not here to read license plates or PID douche69 in a bazaar, there are many assets who are meant for that/good at it. We need a TGP to PID larger targets, self target weapons, get BHA, etc. The Army trying to use every AF asset as if it has a MTS-B has been nothing short of idiocy/FWA.
  14. The govt pays for two of them, you pay out of pocket for the third...and I assume the two cats can go in the cabin with you anyways, so it probably won't cost you much at all. As far as the civilian "housing emperor" knows, you only have two pets. It's not like you have three large dogs; this should be easy to keep on the DL. Or solve the root cause of this problem and shitcan the cats, a win-win.
  15. AD vs ANG

    If your tune is "I would love a full time job, but I will gladly take any job you can offer...if it's part time I am looking into X and Y for civilian employment," you'll be fine. If you say, "I will only accept full time and if you can't provide it when seasoning is up, I'll likely look to transfer somewhere else," you will probably shoot yourself in the foot. Remember, just because the question is asked, does not mean that is the behind-the-scenes plan, they just want to know you can plan ahead and if a time did come up where you had to do PT for a little bit, you're not going to be a "feed me!" problem.
  16. AD vs ANG

    The guard inevitably has more "unknowns" than AD; the grass is not all greener than AD (but much of it is!) Right now as Evil said, full time is much easier to secure than it traditionally has been in the past; that's not very likely to change on your timeline (assuming...) That said, you absolutely still need to have a plan B/C, and if you don't have one at all, that may crush your chances of getting hired at some units. If you want "no risk" of not having full time, then go AD...but there's hundreds of pages on here alone that can tell you why taking a small risk in the guard just may be worth your consideration.
  17. B-1 (Bone) questions

    JTAC passed friendly grid in 4/6, aircrew didn't recognize/process that fact (and clearly JTAC didn't intend to do it). Turns out plotting shit on a map is a still a good idea; it's a team sport, back each other up out there.
  18. Overseas PCS and your cars

    Definitely do not bring to Japan...plenty of cheaper cars to buy when you get there. You get one car storage paid for in the US..keep the one you want, sell any others. And you do not have to use the govt storage places, you can use a private one if you want.
  19. Trends in Air to Air Combat

    Fly eagles, make a video, each "friended" crew chief is a bonus point.
  20. More Uniform Changes!

    I know guys who have flown with the green massif for years, but according to our AFE guy, "they" just recently took them off the fly list, for no apparent reason considering their flame retardant properties.
  21. The new airline thread

    Because in theory he could have made a joking statement like, "fuck you AF FO guy, I'm going to tell the passengers how badass I was in the Navy and why I'm such an awesome pilot"..."Manchester." And then he made good on the claim, thus slapping the FO. A quick lesson in Manchester...also nearing zero pk that's actually what happened, hence my sarcasm.
  22. The Next President is...

    What were the demographics of the polls? I'm not a health insurance expert by any means, but from my family's experience, the ACA has fucked over the middle class big time. Examples of that is small business was hurt (e.g. my in-laws had to let their employee count drop because they could not afford ACA mandates) and my parents' premiums and co-pays went up substantially, to the point I think they're very close to being in the same position as some others' family members mentioned above. Even the blue collar world has been affected to some degree (reference less jobs available in my in-law's town). Now, I do know there are a lot of blue collar/choose to be on welfare types that love ACA (again, referencing my in-law's town). It's damn near free health care for them, why wouldn't they like it? That crowd also doesn't care about less jobs in reality because they're happy to stay on welfare/suck at the government's tit for the rest of their lives. Bottom line, healthcare is fucked and needs an overhaul, and it blows my mind that anyone in the middle class with sense thinks ACA is the answer.
  23. Airline ticket without DTS

    " 1035 APPROPRIATE ACTION FOR FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE REGULATIONS A command/unit is expected to take appropriate disciplinary action when a traveler and/or AO fail to follow these Regulations. Disciplinary action should be for willful violations and may be in the form of counseling (oral/written), non-judicial action, or other appropriate personnel means. Disciplinary action must not be through refusal to reimburse unless no authority exists or is so stated in this regulation." 1. Is your CC REALLY going to give you counseling, NJP, etc. because you didn't use your GTC, or booked your airfare through delta.com instead of DTS (especially when the ticket price is < the govt constructed cost for the city-pair), etc? I'd wager not in all but the most bizarre cases. I could see those types of things if someone was defrauding the government by submitting doctored receipts, loading cinder blocks in their trailer for a DITY, etc. But we're not talking about obviously bad stuff like that, we're talking about you getting reimbursed for airfare you bought to go on a TDY you were given a couple day's notice on right before a weekend (no time for the standard DTS timeline). 2. If GS-15 d-bag is the ultimate AO holding the key to your unit's LOA, then shouldn't he be the guy approving DTS? Sounds like you're saying TSgt Smith is an AO, approves your DTS, but because "god" didn't know about it, he won't reimburse. So I think you have two COAs... COA 1: Shove 1035 in his face and say no JTR portion was violated and you had authorization/orders (notice there is no where in the JTR that says there is rank among AOs...though FM can trump an AO, but he's not FM, so his argument is DOA). COA 2: Don't write bullshit emails, just use DTS normally and refuse to go on anymore TDYs until your GTC is paid per the JTR (hypothetically saying this happens again). Saw a bro who was fighting the finance reimburse GTC battle, he said fuck it, he's not going on any more TDYs until it's fixed (and this is a guy who has a lot of necessary TDYs for his job). He missed a couple big TDYs, nobody could officially fault him, problem was solved shortly after. I personally like the idea of simultaneously executing both COAs.
  24. The new airline thread

    Maybe he won the manchester; unfortunately the camera was turned off before he delivered an epic bitch slap to the FO. At least that's what I hope happened...or he's a giant douche.
  25. Airline ticket without DTS

    I book airfare all the time not through DTS. Also, it is in violation of the JTR to not reimburse your personal card...though you could avoid the issue with your RA by using your GTC to self procure airfare. Clearly you have a good reason for doing so. And in the end, the catchall in the JTR is they CANNOT "punish" you via non-reimbursement. Finance MUST reimburse you - the JTR essentially says they could tattle on you to your SQ/CC, at which point your SQ/CC could "counsel" you, but doubtful even a shitty CC will do much more than hit delete on finance Amn's email.