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osulax05

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  1. Checks.... both chambers passed their version in early July.
  2. Flight Pay increases

    My assumption is that if rated folks split from the LAF, only rated officers would sit on their promotion board. No guarantee that all rated officers would value "the right things" but it sure couldn't hurt.
  3. Flight Pay increases

    Splitting rated officers from the LAF below O-6 would probably negate the need for two tracks. It would alsokeep random MSG clowns from passing over WOs, SEFEs, etc for not checking all the right boxes.
  4. 1801 Handling Question

    Eielson is definitely less congested than Seattle but you'd have to deconflict with RF-A that consumes most of the summer time resources up there (airspace, threats, AGRS). I guess the point I was trying to make is that TCM can work, as long as you find fight airspace well outside the Class B and do some solid ATC coord in advance.
  5. 1801 Handling Question

    I wasn't a part of this exercise but it sounds like a lot of lessons observed from other large scale exercises. ATC can withhold IFR release for congested airspace and controller manning. I don't think it is because they are unionized. They have to have a certain number of controllers on shift to handle the number of aircraft flying. Note I said aircraft. If you have a 20-ship formation, their manning has to account for those 20 as if they were single ship. Nellis isn't a suitable fix for next go either. The NTTR is always at max capacity with Red Flag/DOE/USAFWS. LFEs at Nellis require ATC coord ahead of time to get folks into and out of the airspace efficiently just like any other location. Planners need to simply solicit feedback from ATC and adjust their flow in/out of TCM accordingly. A telecon 2ish months out never hurts either.
  6. Data point: House version of the FY18 that passed today authorizes bonus increase to $50K. I imagine that will quickly get squashed in the Senate.
  7. Promotion and PRF Information

    Senior raters have been read in for a while.
  8. General assignments questions

    Your SURF only updates once a week, so don't waste time checking that. I've had luck clicking through initial assignment notification pages on vMPF. The last page had my assignment a few days before I got the email or CC notification (which is a huge foul).
  9. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Hitme FTW!
  10. DFAS posted the 2017 paychart. No increase to ACIP.
  11. Any insight on if monthly flight pay (ACIP) is going to go up? I saw that the services CAN pay up to $1000 per month now.
  12. New BAH rates are out.

    Down $100 for O-3s in Little Rock.
  13. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    The standard mantra applies here, timing is everything. I left the viper (GLOC->FEB waiver) in 2010 and was offered nearly every AMC type aircraft to choose from; not an ISR platform to speak of. I'm now a C-130 patch. Whatever your circumstances, keep your head up and bloom where you are planted.
  14. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    In my corner of the AF patch wearers that become execs did not choose to do so. They were told that is their job. Not saying that is the case everywhere, just my observation so your take on WOs that would "rather" be an exec is a miss IMHO. I agree that the "best" use for a patch at the tactical level is in the Sq teaching the punks. However, I'd rather the Bobs be surrounded by folks who have the critical thinking/problem solving skills and a willingness to call The boss out that a 1ea patch has than the cock gobblers who would "rather" be an exec. The WG/GP exec is always going to get ahead and have the ear of the boss, who do you want filling that role?
  15. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I agree and wish new WOs in every community were given the chance to work in a true tier 1 billet where they will build, teach and lead the folks around them. However, I will never scoff at the idea of a WG/CC trying to improve the promotion/school chances of a patch. WIC grads for the most part have proven themselves to be the type of leaders we want running things in the future. Being an exec or DS is all part of the AF game to advance. We can hate on it as much as we want but very little will change until we get the right folks into WG/GP/SQ command positions. Positioning a patch wearer to fill those positions is never a bad thing IMHO.
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