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  1. Doing Well in UPT

    I'd say the only thing worth studying beforehand is the boldface/ops limits. Maybe if you have some extra time and are really bored, the Air Force (UPT) traffic pattern and priorities (though it helps to have someone explain it). Outside of that, take care of yourself and your family beforehand, since once you start it'll be busy. You'll have classes on everything you need to learn, as well as your class to study with. Same advice I gave my casual LTs when I was a T-6 IP not too long ago. Edit to add: All learning the boldface beforehand does is free up time so you can learn/study other things when you start instead of worrying about stupid capitalization and punctuation.
  2. Military Equivalency Process

    Each FSDO is different, and may ask for different things to meet the CFR requirements. It may be worth the money to pay someone to deal with them if you don't want to spend the time doing the research/make the calls/visit/etc As an aside, if you're at Vance, Wichita FSDO is much easier to work with than Oklahoma City FSDO.
  3. It was funny a year ago when we were dropping 2 RPAs on the Tone side listening to the studs complain about how this is the first time RPASs were dropped at UPT. They were caught off guard when I mentioned that RPAs were in the drop back in 09 when I was a student, were not limited in number given, and were given to both 38s and Tones. They didn't think their situation was quite so bad or unique.
  4. Foreign Exchange Flying Tours

    Shut down for students, but not instructors. Now I just need to figure out how to get there... Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  5. Promotion and PRF Information

    Continuation offered is a maximum, not a minimum. Just because they offer continuation to 20 doesn't mean they can't decide to separate you earlier by changing the continuation criteria and reboarding your record for continuation again based on needs of the air force. If you are authorized X majors, you have to have a process to get rid of the excess majors (either through promotion, separation, or retirement). Up or out was one way to force separation of people to keep the end strength for the grade where it needed to be. The continuation board would be the logical place to assess which officers should be separated to maintain end strength, as the records are there for consideration already. Welcome to the hunger games. Plus, IPZ/APZ has been masked on the last few majors boards already, but board members can tell if you are APZ (count OPRs, look at dates, etc). Sent from my SM-T700 using Tapatalk
  6. Promotion and PRF Information

    It would mean that each continuation board will essentially be a RIF board to make room for the guys on the new promotion list. DOPMA doesn't care about year groups, just total number in each grade. The only way I see this working is if there are quotas on AFSCs promoted to ensure a healthy balance, especially given the pilot shortage (does the Air Force no good if only mission support guys are promoted, or if no cyber/space guys are promoted, etc)
  7. Lost Another - Pilot OK

    That's what a wingman is for
  8. Promotion and PRF Information

    I also thought the call was worth my time. They'll go through your record to see if there are any glaring problems (depth/breadth of assignments, etc). They don't have notes from the board, but they have 10 records from the gray zone that were above the cut line to compare against yours. The two things I was told that they could guess as to why I didn't make it was no awards, and I didn't have the words "definitely promote" in my push line. I also talked with my senior rater afterwords- he didn't believe in putting "definitely promote" in a push line (there's a checkbox for that), and was somewhat surprised to hear that it was a common thing in the sample of records afpc had to brief from. In the end, it all worked out and I made it on the next look.
  9. Promotion and PRF Information

    It's roughly a year-ish. More precisely, it's until the next selective continuation board for your rank, which occurs immediately after the promotion board you are considered for APZ, until you hit high year tenure. Each board could have different instructions on who to continue. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  10. 5 people in one room? Sounds like a fire code violation...
  11. It looks like there were some deleted posts removing some questionable recommendations
  12. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Nah, it's just cheaper to keep pilots as continued captains. Plus they can fix the glitch again once there's no more shortage by stopping continuation since it's only a yearly extension up to a specified max. It's not like pilots have any better job opportunities outside of the military right now...
  13. Round 2 of no AirBnB/Crashpads

    The difference is the intended use. One is personal, and one is as a commercial property. Different rules/regulations/laws. Same goes for taxi vs uber. Drivers license vs commercial drivers license. Private pilot vs commercial pilot vs ATP certificate. Part 91 vs 135 vs 121 flying (what kind of flying am I doing) It comes down to liability and risk acceptance as a society. Not saying it should be a reason for denying payment for using "non-traditional lodging", as they have no problem with me staying with a friend/family in their private home, so its not a matter of type of dwelling.
  14. Air Force/Airline Meeting

    I think you're right, I guess that penguin did fall off after all