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  1. If only there was someone in charge of a unit that could determine if it's reasonable or not based on the unique mission of the unit and make allowances for the circumstances at hand in conjunction with general guidance from the HAF, instead of having an inflexible blanket policy for the entire Air Force... I've worked plenty of weekends/holidays where I was told by the scheduler that I was doing it because I was single and it didn't matter if I was home or not. Happy to do my duty I signed up for, but when I get tagged three weekends in a row for a weekend duty that's supposed to rotate across everyone in the squadron just because I don't have kids, or told I'm on the holiday trip because it doesn't matter if I'm home, it sucks. On the flip side, I've generally been able to take (non-chargeable) time off when I needed it. Things like taking the car in for service, leaving work early for a personal errand/event, etc when the mission allowed. That's not something that's universal across the military service, and I'm grateful that most of my commanders have been lenient on office hours.
  2. I think this is probably the heart of this argument. It's the whole "God, Family, Country" thing-different people will put those three things in different orders, and because of that, there will always be debate. For some that are considered religious, it may be more of a tradition than a deeply seated belief, so the sacrifice is easy. For others, religion may be more important than patriotism, and it may be enough to force them out of the service or skip volunteering in the first place; they believe they are already a part of something bigger, and more important, than their country. It's in the same vein is the BAH argument: why should someone with dependents get paid more than a single person of the same rank for the same work? Same with family separation pay. Not saying those should go away, but it's definitely not the same standard across the board for everyone of the same rank, so it's not "fair" to all service members (particularly the single people). As much as people like to say "country first," it's never that easy. We've all signed up for something bigger than just ourselves, but that doesn't mean it's our number one priority (at least not all the time). Just look at the healthy contingent of guardsmen and reservists in this forum. There are some AD folks that look down on the part timers as less patriotic, who are not able to fully commit themselves to their country (thankfully that attitude has been dying off, probably because retention isn't where it needs to be). However, it's great that we have a way for people to serve on a part time basis-it allows us to recruit and retain people in the service that are unable or unwilling to commit to full time active duty service. It works out to be a win-win: the AF retains trained people it can call up for way at a fraction of the cost of maintaining them on active duty, and the individual gets the flexibility to pursue other goals/priorities (personal, family, etc). BL is that it's easy to tell others to make personal sacrifices when our own personal values don't see those sacrifices as hard choices or important. Institutionally, the AF is now saying it will make reasonable accommodations where it can, because it sees value in retaining those people requesting the accommodations, and that the benefit out weighs the cost. Don't like it? Well, call your congressman to change the law.
  3. So I'm sure that you only wear your flightsuit when stepping to fly, and OCPs/ABUs when you are mission planning or doing office duties. After all, that's the AF "standard.". Or 2 piece flightsuits for all friends, but Bose your boots when you're not flying like army aviation does. Not saying we should do any of that, just pointing out that even with our daily uniforms it isn't standard, and aircrew are the exception. Plus it doesn't matter what any of us think. As a federal agency, we're required to make reasonable accommodations for religious beliefs, and it looks like the AF is implementing it
  4. What about different standards for different ages? Literally discriminating on age averages... Does it impact mission? If not, then why do you care so much? I can see a single standard for physical jobs like infantry, but there are so many other military jobs where it just doesn't really matter, so who cares? Just meet your standard and move on.
  5. What detriment? Don't know about you, but about the most physically demanding thing I've done in my career is bag drags on/off the jet. There's plenty of jobs in a modern milliary where running faster/lifting heavier isn't really necessary to do your job well.
  6. What medical specialty? If you're a doctor, might be worth looking into the pilot-physician career path
  7. Yeah, I don't know, but I've made my peace with it. Got some great advice from my then Group CC, that I've taken to heart. Straight up told that I probably wouldn't get an opportunity to command (wasn't really gunning for it anyways, and that wasn't a surprise anyways), but because of that, I don't have the pressure to play the game, so go out and find what makes me happy and do it. If I want to just fly, just do it, the pilot shortage isn't getting better. If I want to get out, the airlines are hiring. If I want to do something else, shoot for it without worrying about career progression. Lots of options still out there. And that mindset has given me some great opportunities since. I've found little niches where I can make make my corner of the AF a better place doing something I enjoy, so it ends up being a win-win for me and the AF. If I retire as a major, great, I went out doing what I liked to do. If I make lt col, great, that retirement paycheck will be bigger. My self worth doesn't rely on what's on my shoulders.
  8. That's about it. Crap happens, glad you have been fortunate enough to dodge it. Probably hurt having a long casual LT period (not by choice, ~1 year) followed by training with the Navy (last choice on my dream sheet, ~15 months because of how the AF prioritized classing up for training, so I sat casual again for several months), followed by a UPT contractor strike. So bad timing all around early in my career, and essentially 1 Lt opr short of what I should've had. Flew the line, 2x flying deployments + 1x non flying deployment, C-17 IP, airdrop AC, UPT IP. Played the "if I deserve an award, my supervisor should take care of me" game, so only had 1 quarterly award. Only real strat was from the OG as a top 20%-ish flt/cc on my top opr for the board. Nothing spectacular, but not bottom of the bucket. PME done, Masters degree done, no UIF or PFT failures. No missed end of tour decorations, no referral OPRs, no NJP/LOR/LOA. The only thing the promotion counselor had for feedback was not enough awards. So yeah, crap happens, better lucky than good, timing is everything, etc
  9. Cool. That's what they told me, and I got passed over for major in my first look (95% promotion rate). No negative indicators, SOS in res complete, flt/cc, etc, just not a lot of real strats or awards, but nothing that would've pointed to bottom 5%. All my leadership up through the wing were as surprised as I was when I didn't make it. Best part was that on the same board, a dude that was a FP (needed supervision to fly, failed to check out as an IP in MQT) in the T-6 that was getting sent back to his previous unit made it. Picked up second look with a DP though So yeah, glad you've been lucky, some of us aren't.
  10. You don't "have" to go to staff. If someone wants to just fly, go for it. But there's a price to pay for that choice-it'll be a lot harder to make O-5. That's not wrong or unfair, it's just the nature of the business, and the mid-level captains should be made aware of the rules of the game so they can make informed career decisions. Even when I was in college working on my PPL, my CFI (who had just retired from the AF and was an AF pilot that didn't command) mentioned that if all you wanted to do was fly, be prepared to retire as a major, but if you could could suck it up and do a staff assignment, O-5 becomes realistic (but not guaranteed). And that was 16 years ago when I had that talk. But it seems to check, the couple guys I knew in my career so far that just flew their entire careers retired as majors. Same goes for ACSC- if all you care about is flying your jet and staying in the wing, then yeah, ACSC does nothing for you and is a complete waste of time. But it is a requirement for O-5. Not saying you should do it as soon as you have a line number to major, but if you've had your 3 looks at school and didn't get picked up, maybe you should consider doing ACSC-DL. Then again, if you just want to fly and are okay with retiring as a major, then cool, don't do it. Just don't be surprised you didn't make O-5. Something about the more things change, the more they stay the same... I will say that the myvector assignment process is (hopefully) a step in the right direction. I was going to just stay flying because going to Scott to do AMC staff or TACC is something I have no interest in. But I was able to find a few staff jobs that sound interesting in locations I'd like to be in, with some of them being flying staff billets. Sent from my SM-T700 using Tapatalk
  11. There's opportunities out there, but a lot of it is luck and timing. Other opportunities I've seen were cross flow to gunships and bombers (B-52). Also the other white jets, like C-40/C-32. There's also the 89th for DV Airlift. 6 SOS might also be an option as an air advisor flying some unique stuff. MC-12s were an option when I was younger (but now they're gone from AD). Make the best of where you are, and be the best tanker pilot you can be. The common denominator in all these cross flow opportunities is that they want credible aviators with a good attitude, and you'll likely need to be at least an AC for many of the opportunities. But keep watching for the opportunities, they are out there. Sent from my SM-T700 using Tapatalk
  12. It's the staff. Or attending any number of the requirements boards they hold throughout the year. The problem with many good aviators dodging staff assignments to continue flying is that you then don't have good aviators doing the staff work, which means crappy guidance, and poor planning for the future, and the vicious cycle continues.
  13. Got it, so status quo. So long as they have a functioning economy and hate America, this'll never end and they will continue to export violence.
  14. Or it could strengthen their resolve, unify factions against a common enemy, and create a surge of patriotism/nationalism, making Iran a bigger problem, even if we smash all their toys. We're unlikely to occupy them, and I don't really see any surrounding countries itching to invade them, so the regime just has to wait us out, similar to Vietnam. Sent from my SM-T700 using Tapatalk
  15. Sounds like many other career fields-so how do we retain the good ones? A major acquisitions program is likely a once in a career (if not your whole career) program, so how do you train someone up for that? Or you lose continuity as people in the team PCS in/out. There's plenty of jobs for rated people in the acquisitions world, if you think it sucks, then do something to make it better instead of just throwing spears. Sent from my SM-T700 using Tapatalk
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