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  1. MTC

    C-130 down near Savannah, GA

    Man, tough times for Puerto Rico.
  2. I think this is still only part of the picture. The Net Present Value function gives a very different picture for your decision making. The NPV of the $1.37M in your example 40 years from now at 7% interest, compounded monthly could be achieved with an initial one time deposit of $84,082. There's many ways to calculate and a lot of factors to consider, but I recommend keeping the NPV function in a variety of financial calculations. It's available in Excel or from various sites online. Cheers.
  3. It's actually not too hard to get that STRD moved. I think that we have the technology and shouldn't have to force it ourselves, but until that's fixed I'm keeping mine up to date. No MPF at my location, so I email PDFs of the paid travel voucher and the orders to my servicing MPF. That removes the "awaiting verification" and moves the STRD. There's a few briefs floating around that go into more detail, but not needed for the quick fix. You can also take those documents in hand and go to the MPF and sit there until it's done if you're concerned it won't happen. There was a message recently about DTS cleaning out docs older than a cutoff, (2007, 2008?) so might be worth saving those now. I don't want to derail the thread, so PM if you have more questions. If you get desparate you can also download their reg on e-pubs that explains the STRD. Ironically, I'm on a short tour now (but it was voluntary - they're not all bad) so I could have just not bothered updating any of it. At this point it's just habit.
  4. MTC

    1801 Handling Question

    I've heard of ground handlers in Africa looking for "Capt Onfile, where is Capt Onfile?" for a signature (or cash). Our guys would just roll with it. Amazing how many Capt Onfile's there are flying around.
  5. MTC

    PME and Career advice

    And that's why I read here. Thanks for the time-saving advice. Cheers.
  6. MTC

    PME and Career advice

    I'm looking for good info on JPME II, and there isn't much on this forum. That leads me to believe it's not a great option for aircrew. Can anybody confirm/deny this? Is it a good time? Any boost for promotions below O-6? Thanks for any tips.
  7. Yes Botswana is an option as somebody mentioned. I will speak to the embassy positions only here. For the embassy positions you'll still have a day job. Attache as several mentioned, but not always. One of the others is in the office of security cooperation, under DSCA, where you'll work Foreign Military Sales, International Military Education and Training, etc. You will likely fly with Army or Navy guys in addition to AF. You won't get as many hours as a major mobility MWS. To answer a few questions above, and some things I think are important, it's not the type of situation you'd want to bring an EFM family, and joint spouse assignments most likely won't work. Embassies are different, but many have very few military members. Some wives complain enough at regular bases, so if yours is prone to that, avoid. It's a downer to have a small community and a couple wives who complain about being homesick or stressed all the time. On the other hand if you're adventurous and outgoing and like to party there's a good network. But if you do a little research and ask yourself if it makes sense, it will probably be just fine. If you have kids check out the school situation, many mil people happily have kids in these situations. Obvi many of the embassy people have kids and they do fine. There are international schools, but these vary in quality by location and age. There's some perks like FEML plane tickets, US and Host Nation holidays off (if you aren't flying), housing and bills provided but you won't get the BAH. Usually no Tax free. In many places you can have a full time or live-in house keeper and gardner for a great value, which is awesome. You may have a rater from another service for instance. You may have a very small pool of aircrew to share the plane, so good luck, hope you get along. The assignment can be a great experience, but depending on your job and location it may not be as good for rank progression as other more traditional options. But that varies by your time away from big blue, and varies by which promotion board you're looking at. For those that understand and welcome that fact going in the assignment can be an incredibly enjoyable time, a great break from big blue, a look into Dept of State/Embassy life, and immersion in a foreign culture. It can also motivate you to return to a regular AF assignment. It may be an option as a second assignment, but I think 3rd is more common for the embassy gigs. Tour length also varies, but I've seen 1 year unaccompanied or 2 year accompanied. You may be able to extend either of those for a year. You can't take your spouse everywhere, but when you do take your spouse they may have the option to work. The DOS has a system similar to GS (but different incase your spouse is looking to combine time) where family members have some options to work at the embassy. This can range from part or full time Community Liaison Officer work, to other full time jobs around the embassy. Hope that's helpful. I definitely recommend it to those that think it's a fit. Good luck!
  8. From FAR 61.155 Perfect, that's the paragraph I was looking for in the CFRs. Thanks. That said I still plan on taking it next week. Anybody have experience with any Little Rock places? I have heard good things but only third-hand.
  9. You might be right. I have been under the impression that as long as I took the written before July 31 I would have two years to take the practical and would not have to ever take the ATP CTP, since it is a pre-req for the written which I took a couple months ago. So the question is after 1 Aug will the Flight Check look for my CTP completion too, or call it good if he sees my written is done? Anybody have a solid answer here, or are we all just speculating? I'm stationed overseas but headed to the SIM very soon, so I guess the safest option is to take a few days of leave after the Sim and get this knocked out somewhere. The Memphis place or Jasper, AL would be the most convenient.
  10. I unlocked my old iPhone before I PCS'd, then bought the 15 euro T-mobile pay as you go, which is really a plan without commitment. It charges you 8 euro a month, but with that you get unlimited T-mobile to T-mobile calls and texts, and 100 mb of text per month. Standard fees for calls to other phones, something like 15 - 30 euro cents, don't remember. I'm TDY a lot and most people I need to call or text have T-mobile. I don't surf the internet much on my phone, but check email, stocks, weather, translators, whatever as much as I want. I end up only paying about $25 (or 18 euro) average per month. Every 2 or 3 months I stop by any T-mobile store downtown, or the one in the BX and add another 50 euro which lasts till the next time. So for me it's a great deal.
  11. I've been using LTP for a little over a year and am very happy with it. I paid $75. The program used to crash and close more often but most of those bugs have been fixed now. It's got some nice features that I like - checking 30-60-90 hrs, limits, notes for planes, count the number of times you've been to airfields, etc. It took some time at first to set up all the fields to my preference, but now I can quickly input each flight in both the way it will matter post Air Force and also with the Air Force specific categories. I like having something that is accurate rather than just trusting G2 and the flight records shop. On that note, some have mentioned finding errors in their time. First, I think it really doesn't matter a whole lot in the end if some of the times are wrong, it will all even out. However, if like me you do want your records to be tight just incase that ever matters just record your flights using some method, whether LTP, excel, or keeping 781s. Then take your annual flight records review seriously and actually look them over one by one and compare. I found about 15 errors last time. Also take a second look at the 781 before you turn it in, or the next morning before SARMs inputs the record.
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