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  1. The AF released a press release, giving his name and picture to the press. Your point is invalid. The AF made no attempt to respect his privacy, they did the exact opposite. So let someone submit a FOIA request. Don’t rush to the press in an attempt to save face for the AF. “See? We did something. We fired this guy. Focus on him.” Protect your people, not your image. Valid, but do you need their name and picture? Why not just fire the guy, and say a commander was fired (if anyone asks)? Here’s the thing. The AF, in the minds of most of its pilots, lacks trust. It’s about that word leadership likes to use when crushing morale - optics. This is another case of bad optics. I don’t trust the AF to respect me and my privacy if one of my airmen (or me) screws up. Maybe this guy deserved to be fired. More than likely, he’s a scapegoat for an embarrassing story. I believe that because I have seen gutless moves by AF leadership time and time again. Throwing people under the bus to protect the institution, or higher leadership. Regardless, there’s no reason for the public shaming. Do you need any more proof that you’re wrong?
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    1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    Any idea how many pilots have or are in the process of returning to AD under VRRAD?
  3. I’m really sick of the AF publicly shaming its people like this. Why the F would I stay in and jump through the wickets needed, at the expense of my family, only to have the AF drag my name though the mud if some A1C under my command effs something up? No thanks.
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    Columbus T-38 down

    Thank you Martin-Baker.
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    OCPs Arrive Oct 1st, 2018

    I don’t know about you people, but wearing a bag is one of the few things (other than flying), that I love about my job. I’m simply not interested in wearing OCPs or any other wannabe army uniform. I’m probably an elitist, and that’s totally fine. But I don’t want to look the same as a finance officer. No thanks AF, I’ll keep the bag. I like being a zipper-suited sun god.
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    Afghan Caravan (208) 365

    What are the background requirements for a AC-208 gig?
  7. I recently volunteered for a UPT assignment after receiving an email from group leadership saying they were looking for volunteers. I told my Sq/CC I was thinking about it. Before volunteering, I emailed my functional to ask some questions about the assignment (timing, ADSC obligation, etc.). The functional asked how interested I was. I said I was, and would think about it. She said to let her know if I wanted the assignment. I emailed her back a couple days later, saying that I was volunteering, and that she should hear about it through my chain of command soon. I emailed my Sq/CC and let him know I wanted to volunteer. He said ok. Well, today he pulls me aside and says I really pissed off OG leadership. They think that I went behind their backs to get the assignment and didn’t use the chain of command. They thought I should have asked my questions to them. I always thought that it was the job of functionals to keep you informed about assignments, amongst other things, and be there to answer questions. That’s exactly what I did. I still kept my chain of command on the loop as I was thinking about it, and when I made the decision. Now I’m slightly worried that my OG will bone me over, even though my functional said I’m g2g for the assignment. Did I do anything wrong? Is this something I could go to the IG with if they screw me over now?
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    I don’t get this at all. If they’re going to review every candidate, then why get rid of the PRF, especially since they got rid of the PRFs after they were already written? I assume they are now sifting through stacks of OPRs to second guess all the commanders’ decisions... What in the bloody hell.
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    Pilot Math

    I use the clock method to determine XW component. Just picture a clock with tick-marks at the quarter hours... 15 min(1/4 of clock) 30 min (1/2 of clock), and 45 min (3/4 of clock). If winds are 15* off runway hdg, you take 1/4 of the wind speed as your XW component. 30* off is 1/2 the wind speed as your XW component. 45* off is 3/4 the wind speed as your XW component. Anything above 60*, take the full wind speed as your XW component. Interpolate as needed to get more exact. For example if winds are right at 60 off, I take the full minus 2. If winds are 70 off, I take the full minus 1. Using this technique, I’ve never been more than 2 knots off estimating the XW component, and it takes about 2 seconds to calculate.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I disagree with this analysis, based on my anecdotal experience. I see saltiness creeping into the perspective of newly minted copilots in my community. They get into the squadrons and are stunned by how little flying matters in flying squadrons. They are disappointed in being shackled with additional duties. I’d say half of our pilots are firmly in the GTFO pool before they finish the first 5 years of their ten year ADSC. Of the half that do stay blue into the mid-level Captain stage.. this is when they get shackled with flight commander or shop chief level add’l duties. They also start getting hit with non-flying 179s. They are still 2-4 years from their UPT ADSCs, but firmly join the crowded GTFO pool. I’d say 8/10 pilots in my community are there by year 8 of their commitment. Around the senior Capt or junior Maj level, you’re down to the the shiny pennies who would rather masturbate to their OPR strats than fly. And some guys who are awful pilots and won’t get airline jobs. These are the few who stay in.
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    AFSOC Leadership Drain

    My community is similar... we have roughly twice as many CGO 11Rs than CGO 12Rs. However, we have almost no 11Rs above the ADO level of management. Lots of 12Rs at the squadron and group levels.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Completely invalid and caustic attitude. You don’t justify unnecessary risk by saying “Well, some people choose to do dangerous shit anyways. So this should be fine.” You sound like leaders trying to tell everyone to overlook their shitty leadership by saying “well, Marines in Nam’ had it harder than you guys, so don’t complain”. It’s lazy and it’s no excuse for crappy decision-making or leadership. No, you don’t love flying more than pilots without unsafe attitudes. As a pilot, you should have enough maturity and judgment to override your enjoyment of flying, when presented with undue risk.
  13. Wow... a single tear is falling down my cheek. Not a single 11R last year took the devil’s money (long term bonus).
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Pay isn’t in AETC’s wheelhouse, sure. But retention absolutely should be. Your lack of accountability for them shows how leadership has gotten away with being so toxic. Commanders at every level should be held accountable for how their actions affect pilot retention. Maybe if commanders were actually being held accountable for how they treat their people, we wouldn’t be in this mess. But that’s not how leadership works in the AF... you get rewarded for taking care of your boss, not your people. In fact I’ve been told by management that excessive pilot morale is bad optics because it makes non-pilots feel bad about themselves. Until leaders like that, in AETC and elsewhere, are shitcanned, retention will continue to plummet. As far as your point that this half-ass plan doesn’t mean that other AF leaders aren’t focused on retention, I call bullshit. Show me. Show me the AFs plan to retain us. AF leaders, above AETC’s level, are not focusing on retention at all. So when they come out with all these measures to improve the non-problem of production, they deserve every ounce of shame and ridicule they get.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Cool. Can you point me to the AF slides that detail how they plan on improving retention (pay and QoL)? I’m all for a multipronged solution, but the AF is only working one side of the problem, and it happens to be the side that isn’t an actual problem (production). So pardon us when we don’t trust AF management to fix the self-induced problem they can’t even admit to, let alone fix.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Nah, it’s totally Congress’ fault that I spend 40 hours a week on OPRs, awards, decs, making trackers, making trackers to track the trackers, making slides, staff meetings, responding to every single made-up tasker invented by some level of leadership, CBTs, SAPR training, commanders calls, FOD walks to make Mx troops feel validated, planning parties, attending parties, planning retirement and promotion ceremonies, forced attendance at awards ceremonies, mandatory PT sessions, forced mentorship sessions all tailored at building the next Chief of Staff which nobody wants to be, getting non-vol’d to watch other dudes dicks as they piss into cups, sitting Sup, sitting SOF, and any other 60-90 completely valid tasks. Oh , plus the 15 hours a week that I actually devote to flying related stuff. It’s kind of like a hobby of mine. But this is all due to Congress and funding. Nobody would think that any of this crap is self-induced. I trust my overlords to fix the problem they created, and cannot identify.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    So about that push for 1,600 new pilots a year...
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Is it just me, or is there no plan in those slides to improve retention? Seems like they have given up.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    11Rs are manning UPT bills very heavily in the spring and summer VML.
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    Contractor UPT

    This is all effing stupid. The AF would save millions by doing a few simple things to retain people. 1. $100k/yr bonus 2. No 365s 3. 4-5 year assignments 4. Hire civilians to manage 95% of queep in each squadron These “solutions” the AF are pursuing are terribly expensive, and will cost much more than retaining your experienced and trained pilots. Plus, what could go wrong with an AF full of inexperienced pilots with nobody there to mentor them?
  21. I don’t care about the rank, I care about the pay. Make me a Capt to 20 for all I care, and let me just fly the line. But you better give me a fat bonus. Much more than the beans they’re currently offering.
  22. The devil would be in the details... - What is a “flying-related”deployment? Is working at the Deid CAOC or the Al-Dhafra safety office “flying-related”? Or are talking about actual flying deployments? - What would the flying track 0-5 promotion rate be? Would passed over O-4s be guaranteed continuation?
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    The new airline thread

    It’s not science fiction.
  24. What’s that word that management always uses as an excuse to decrease morale? Like when my squadron was told not to go TDY to fun places because it looks bad for us to have a good time on the road? Oh yeah. Optics. It goes both ways AF. I’m the midst of a pilot retention crisis, not paying everything that Congress authorizes you too? Bad optics.
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    NAS Whiting training info

    I was there as a stud in 2010. Based on what I saw, QoL and ops were pretty good compared to AF UPT, but that was a long time ago now. I’m glad to hear it’s still a thing.