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  1. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    The problem is they haven’t tried retention yet. If I have to read another stupid article about the AF offering a “massive” bonus increase, I’m gonna die. They keep touting that $455k bonus without saying that it’s over 13 freaking years, when you’ll be working for half of your base pay for the last 5 years of that contract... yeah, what a deal. Push the bonus up to $100k if you care about retention, AF. Because we all know all of the QoL initiatives are complete bullshit and will not happen.
  2. T-38 Down @ DLF

    Dang...
  3. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    No, we actually didn’t. One of our guys killed a dude on his own. “We” didn’t have “our guys” do jack shit. Please, for the love of God, don’t ever be a commander of anything. I cannot stand narcissistic leadership that convinces itself that it must solve all problems with asinine micromanagement and mass punishment. Your mentality of “having to do something” causes one to make irrational and emotional decisions that do much more harm than good. Real leaders are much more thoughtful and intelligent than this. This type of leadership has much more to do with the pilot retention crisis than any other single factor. Incidents like these happen when you have 100k people in your organization. You don’t punish the 99.999% when 0.001% screw up. Unless you’re a dumbass. Then go right ahead, this Lt Gen will probably just secured his fourth star for this brave stand.
  4. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    You sound awfully similar to blaming rape victims. “You shouldn’t have been there that time of night. You shouldn’t have been wearing skimpy clothes. You shouldn’t have gotten so drunk.” I agree it’s smart to not put yourself in a potentially compromising situation by avoiding the very appearance of impropriety. However, that doesn’t mean someone has lost due process or the assumption of innocence.
  5. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    Cool. What about when it’s you being unfairly accused? What about your son or daughter? You would still be cool with the whole guilty before innocent thing?
  6. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    Here’s the problem with your take. If you always believe an alleged victim without investigating anything, you are potentially victimizing innocent parties. I understand a therapist or a SARC type always believing an alleged victim. But I’m very uncomfortable with commanders or prosecutors instantly believing an alleged victim. What if they are wrong? In our society today, nothing is worse being labeled a racist. I think the general would have been less condemning of someone posting messages sympathetic to ISIS. Now, luckily no single cadet was singled out as a racist. However, the commander lectured all of them as if they are potential racists, very publicly. It’s not right that they were treated as guilty by association. Their entire group was smeared publicly by its leader, no less. Commanders should stop being lazy and/or PC and get some facts before crucifying his people. Especially publicly, like this, literally asking for people to film you lecturing your troops. Do that in private, if you really feel it is necessary. It’s not about you. It’s about your people, and no commander should shame them, with no facts, for their own vanity.
  7. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    I’m not saying you’re wrong about Liquid because I don’t know him, but the attitude he showed with those posts was the same kind of toxic BS that is driving people out in droves. Maybe he is a “good dude”, but I sure wouldn’t want him as my boss. There are a lot of “good dudes” that the AF absolutely ruins by convincing them to do what it takes to be part of the management club. That’s when they stop living in reality and say and do shit that drives us crazy (N/N checkrides for talking about airlines). I hear the crap that leaders say, and I just say to myself that I will never be able to do that with a straight face. But these “good dudes” sold their souls to the devil and actually believe the shit that comes out of their mouths. It’s like they have no idea how we see right through the bullshit. And just what in the hell is with the AF’s irrational fear of the airlines? So many managers don’t want to acknowledge the airlines, or come up with some bullshit to tell us about why it would be such a bad idea to be an airline pilot. They imply we aren’t patriotic if we we discuss being an airline pilot. I think they’d rather me talk about joining ISIS. Instead of ripping on or ignoring the airlines, freaking show me some positive change. Show me just why in the hell should I stay in the AF.
  8. Does that 43.8% number include the 1-2 year bonus takers? My feeling is that many of the 1-2 year takers are already in non-UPT ADSC commitments, so they took the free money. If so, that number is even worse than it appears.
  9. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    Yeah I don’t really care about being anonymous. I mean, my home station ICAO is listed in my profile... 552 ACW, OG/CC, Tinker AFB, OK. Col Richard Land. He said what he said in front of all the officers in the group. He’s not hiding how he feels.
  10. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    That’s great and all that they genuinely care, but whatever changes they think they are making aren’t making it down to the squadron level. Until Big AF starts actually holding commanders accountable for making their communities better, nothing will happen. We recently had an OG call in which the OG/CC had a container where people could drop anonymous questions that he could answer for them in his speech. There was only one question. The note quoted the Chief of Staff’s memo that said the AF needs to get rid of additional duties, then noted that additional duties have been increased recently in our group rather than decreased, and asked why this community isn’t following the Chief of Staff’s guidance. The OG responded by giving a lecture about how we are all officers first, and we should be happy to help out by doing any additional duties that we are assigned. And if this pilot has a problem with that, they can let him know, and he will PCS him elsewhere. Until caustic leaders like this are fired from their jobs, nothing will change.
  11. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    “The Air Force’s pilot shortage largely stems from a massive hiring wave in the commercial airline industry, which sees the military as fertile recruiting ground. In an attempt to stay competitive, the Air Force has recently upped its monthly flight pay and offered massive retention bonuses of up to $455,000. The Air Force is also trying to improve pilots’ job satisfaction. But it hasn’t been enough.” What a bunch of propaganda. First of all... $35k/yr to 24 YOS is not a “massive bonus”, when you consider that for four of those years you’re working for half pay and losing massive amounts of money by losing 4 years of airline pay/seniority. Secondly, the AF is trying to improve our job satisfaction? Haha, right. The only thing I’ve seen is them talking about doing that, while doing everything they can to keep screwing us over. Has anyone here actually seen the AF actually do a thing to make our jobs better?
  12. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    So is this a voluntary or forced recall? If it’s voluntary, I don’t see how they’ll get more than a few guys. If it’s non-vols... I don’t think I want to be in a flying unit with dudes who are forced to be there. There are so many problems with that.
  13. Leadership at the 'Deid

    This. I get tired of hearing that phrase to describe the same old bad leadership. I don’t care if someone was a “good dude” before they get to the DO level. Let’s see how they are when they have something to lose. Let’s see if they’ll fight up or fight down, once they start becoming part of that Big Blue Club (BBC). For most leaders, once they start deepthroating, they become addicted to BBC.
  14. AFPC functionals and leadership

    Like ThreeHoler said above, you could crossflow into another 11R airframe pretty easily. That being said, I would still attempt to solve this problem right now by pushing for a different assignment. There are plenty of aircraft out there with more than one PDS.
  15. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    How far out from your separation date should you start creating apps?
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