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Seriously last won the day on May 5 2019

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  1. I would have done the same as them... but it looks like Bonnie and Rambo have never fired a gun in their lives.
  2. Buy a membership if you'd like to support what they do, not for any extra content. They already publish great stuff without a paywall. I only just recently started listening to some of their podcasts. Gen Dempsey gave a good interview. Whether you think it's "faux-edgy Beltway/academia groupthink" or not, what you're getting from this podcast is a look into the minds of senior leadership and senior strategists.
  3. Pilot or bust... that's one of the benefits of applying for OTS or the guard/reserves.
  4. Guys at Randolph are your best bet, but in case no one else answers, here's one from 2004. https://web.archive.org/web/20120329111254/http://www.t6driver.com/jsupt/jppt_jsupt_syllabus.pdf
  5. For sure. I started to write a diatribe about the inadequacy of our comm infrastructure and Big Air Force's focus on "the small things" meaning color of your sock when really "the small things" should mean being able to read encrypted e-mails on webmail, not having to fill out the same in/outprocessing checklist in 15 different ways, or the fact that it took me 48 hours to get NIPR access in a combat zone because of such problems as, "no sir, you'll have to sign the agreement digitally (pen/ink not allowed!) with your e-mail certificate" to get access to a system that I was just using at a base <1 hr away... a form, by the way, that will get filed away, forgotten about, and lost when the next sharedrive crash happens. ...but I deleted that rant.
  6. It's not that they don't care about you if you aren't a school select. A lot of school selects actually have to accomplish their master's degree through OLMP. I think that office is just grossly understaffed and underfunded, so you have to place a trouble ticket, send an e-mail, and then call them 69 times to get anything done.
  7. https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america Looks like we're flattening it. Hoping we're done with this shit by the middle of May.
  8. I've never heard anyone say it's a requirement. It most likely will help your application though. The advice generally given is you should pursue whatever degree you would want to have if you aren't able to become a pilot (for whatever reason).
  9. A great story of insulation instead of isolation.
  10. These next 2-4 weeks will be interesting to watch (I hope I'm not saying that again next month). Some projections have the US topping out somewhere towards the end of April, but that assumes full social distancing. I'm obviously an old man now because I want to kick all of the spring breakers in the ass who are ignoring the social distancing requirements.
  11. If you'd like a more in-depth explanation of what Jon's referencing, you can read about it here and here.
  12. The company doesn't save money through retirements. They save money by reducing flying operations. Those 70 pilots' seats will be filled by someone else who has already been with the company for more than 12 years.
  13. Everyone is going to give you their story and the stories of guys they knew, but those stories may or may not have anything to do with what you experience. Even within MDS's there are drastically different experiences all depending on luck and timing. I know guys who deployed every 1-2 years in the Viper and others who never deployed (Many went to Korea; some didn't.). Ops tempos change. Bases change. Leadership changes. It's a real crap shoot. My personal observations: Heavy guys are gone more than fighters. Deployments for the F-16 are decreasing with the increased F-35 deployments. Strike Eagles seem to be gone all the time. F-15Cs and F-22s probably have the best ops tempo right now. Bombers are still doing 6 month rotations to Guam and occasionally going to Diego Garcia. It's only for a few years anyways. If you get burned out on your first tour, you can always put in for a white jet assignment (recommend IFF before UPT). Later on in your career, you'll start going to school or a staff tour. While you and your wife are still childless, I would go overseas and enjoy traveling.
  14. Regardless... the interview isn't a formality, and guys making the leap are best not to carry the attitude of thinking they have it in the bag. There is still a lot of competition for those seats.
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