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  1. Wow... a single tear is falling down my cheek. Not a single 11R last year took the devil’s money (long term bonus).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    So about that push for 1,600 new pilots a year...
  6. 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.
  7. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    11Rs are manning UPT bills very heavily in the spring and summer VML.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. The new airline thread

    It’s not science fiction.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. NAS Whiting training info

    I understood from my functional that this is no longer a thing, AF IPs at Whiting.
  15. Raise Taxes, Fire up the Draft.

    You guys advocating for this are crazy IMO. I get it... you all feel the general public and the politicians are ignorant of the realities of wars and entanglements. That’s true, and is a valid point. Yet it is not a reason to bring back the draft. If you look at history, it proves the opposite. The less freedom the military has, the more they get screwed over. Did having more vets in Congress stop us from sending tens of thousands to die in Korea and Vietnam, via the draft? Nope. In fact, when the AVF was proposed by at first a minority in Congress in the 1960s, the majority of vets in Congress and the Generals fought against it. The draft was necessary for national security was the main argument. Having an AVF would mean better pay and QoL, which they did not want to do. That would make the military a mercenary force, General Westmoreland said. The generals liked the steady flow of new troops. Pay was garbage. QoL was crap and not a concern. Because who cares? 90% of troops were in and then out of “service” every two years anyway. No need to keep them happy. Retention didn’t matter. You were just a number. It was today’s problems 100x. Incidentally, I think the idea of the AVF should be expanded more, because management still uses long ADSCs to get away with crappy pay and QoL. It’s better then the draft days, but still a joke. We need folks to be true volunteers every day of their military service, not just on day one. But you think pay and QoL suck now? Talk to a drafted Vietnam vet. This is a shitty idea that should be immediately shitcanned with prejudice. You guys need to think with your heads, and stop worrying that the world doesn’t understand you. Grow a pair. Stop thinking like a whiny entitled millennial. We are military officers and aviators. I don’t want a bunch of a pussies being forced into the service, just so I can be understood. F that. I want to be professional and elite. I don’t want a bunch of SJW screwing up the military even more than they have. Think with your heads guys, and put down the crack pipes.
  16. Air Force to begin testing enlisted pilots

    My worry is that the AF will label this experiment as a success no matter what. I can’t see how having dudes sit around and play fancy video games is going to do a better job of teaching them to fly airplanes than flying airplanes. But, this could prove a way for the AF to increase “pilot” production faster than UPT can, and then we can fill vacant cockpits with hordes of video gamers with wings on their chests. The slides at AFPC will certainly be more green. What could possibly go wrong?
  17. Promotion and PRF Information

    I just heard a rumor that the Majors board results won’t come out until March. How does it take 4 months to release results of a board that didn’t include PRFs and will only look at cases of candidates with negative indicators?
  18. It makes sense, they should be targeting senior captains and junior majors who are in the decision making part of their 10 yr UPT ADSCs. IMO, it’s too little, too late. Most have already made their decisions and this kind of money isn’t going to change much.
  19. I saw the DFAS pdf, which had the updated table on it. Is there something more official than that? I’d say I’d have a hard time believing they put an incorrect flight pay table on their military pay pdf, but it is DoD finance...
  20. So is this new table starting CY2018? I wonder why they increased it from just a couple months ago.
  21. Promotion and PRF Information

    If this has been discussed, I must have missed it. Looks like Big Blue is looking at static close-out dates for OPRs just like the EPR change, according to AFPC commander Lt Gen Grosso. Also, she said that OPRs are inflated and that needs to be fixed. I completely agree, but it’s not a numbers thing since we don’t have the “firewall 5” problem on our OPRs like EPRs. The inflation is in how we write bullets like everyone is a rock star. I’m not sure how that gets fixed without getting rid of bullets... which would be awesome. https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/12/23/new-in-2018-officer-promotion-overhaul-on-the-way/
  22. Promotion and PRF Information

    From Gen Robinson’s bio: She has “more than 900” hours in the E-3 and the E-8. I’m an E-3 pilot. For an ABM, 900 hours is about 2 years of flying the line in the E-3. She has been in the AF for 35 years. She also has zero air medals and zero combat hours. I know 1Lt ABMs with a more impressive flying resume than that. Lots of staff, school, and command though. She was put on this path long ago, before she flew much. Makes you wonder about how we develop our senior managers. http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/108119/general-lori-j-robinson/
  23. New BAH rates are out.

    Who’s the entitled one in this thread? Probably the one posting too-long-to-read whining diatribes about F-ing fairness. Grow up. Merry Christmas, by the way.
  24. Air Force to begin testing enlisted pilots

    None of which are A codes.
  25. Civilian T-6 IPs?

    $100k a year? Haha, you’re not going to get any takers. That’s a pay cut from O-4 pay. The market would force the AF to pay at least $200k to get more than a couple guys to do take that job. Again, a much simpler solution is for the AF to get its shit together and retain people.