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  1. Contractor UPT

    Anything new on the Maxwell thing? Man between that and the F-35, Montgomery might really get quite an economic boost.
  2. Future T-38 replacement?

    Anyone have any new gouge on the decision timeline?
  3. RUMINT: AD FTU F16s to Kelly Field

    You should see what the Army is capable of, it's almost impressive in a sickening way...
  4. Draken / ATAC

    I wonder if any of those companies have anything against you working for more than one of them. That way you can take whatever gigs make themselves available. That should help mitigate the relatively low and intermittent pay that you guys are mentioning.
  5. So you're only about 27 now? How far into your ADSO from West Point are you, 3 years? It looks like if you were to start talking to guard and reserve units about one year out from your release, then you should be fine to get out and report to UPT ASAP before you turn 30 (I reported 4 days before my 30th birthday!) It's a long shot but as you get closer and you find out you need to get out a bit early, a short polite email to the J-1's office (currently Brig Gen Margret Burcham http://www.jcs.mil/Directorates/J1|ManpowerandPersonnel.aspx) regarding your situation may be warranted, simply mentioning that the AF is short pilots and you would like to transfer ASAP, that could maybe trigger the office to talk to the Army's manpower and reserve affairs office to let you get out early. That's how I managed to get out in time to start flight school without a waiver but it was already after I was told I was accepted by a guard unit so I had a statement from them that I sent up along with my request, and that probably helped build my case. Doing anything like that now would probably be putting the cart before the horse. I managed to get 2 years off of my Army flight school ADSO, and I know another guy who got 1 year off of his but man that's rare, and I think the J-1 email and the fact that a unit was already willing to hire me made the case. I was also going to be 31 if I had to wait for my ADSO to end, and you'll only be 29.5 and won't even have to go to OTS first so they might not care and tell you to just wait and let the AF figure out how to get you into UPT in time. Definitely take those tests sooner than later. I'm not 100% sure what the differences might be for someone who is already commissioned, but as as Warrant I had to take both of those tests in order to go to OTS. Not sure if you don't have to if you're already commissioned but they get pilot aptitude scores from both of them so I'd imagine you would still need to take them, if for no other reason than to show a guard or reserve unit's hiring board. They're not too bad but you should definitely get the study guides and take all the practice tests you can and time it. I'd say your time is something like: Take the test and get as high a score as possible, I think they're good for 3 years so be sure to take them at an appropriate time. Continue to build hours, preferably instrument time. Volunteer for a full SERE-C course (you're going to hate me for recommending that but it'll help you get hired and get it out of the way nice and early while you're young). It's something you'll have to do anyway if you want to be an AF pilot and it's quality training. I think it has a year ADSO so the sooner the better. Start talking to guard and reserve units (1-2 years from the end of your ADSO) about your situation and timeline and how they should be able to get you into UPT before you turn 30 if things are set up in advance but you'll probably need a commissioned service waiver (if over 5 years as a commissioned officer at the time of release) but those are easy to get, especially for heavy units.
  6. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    I sure hope the T-X uses LOX. I haven't heard of any issues recently on any aircraft that uses it.
  7. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    I'm not sure but what I can say is we lost one from my 38 class in UPT, one from my IFF class (about 5 months ago) and there was a washout in the IFF class before ours. Kelly washed out 2 B-Course studs a couple classes ago.
  8. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    KAUS man, that's baptism by fire! You better learn them radios real quick son, we ain't got time to fuck around! Either say it right the first time or just put yourself in a penalty container for the controller!
  9. T-38 Down @ DLF

    Flew with Captian Barbour once, good dude.
  10. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Nope, I'm at Kelly now, not a thing yet. They're just talking about the prospect of there being up to 2 per class some time in the future. Lots of folks asking what it might look like and how they would do it if it were a thing.
  11. 11-217: should it stay or go?

    Dear god yes, revise and consolidate everything as much as possible. It's like the damn U.S. Tax Code.
  12. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    Who knows what they're thinking anymore these days. VRRAD...coming back for a year to fill a staff position? You just can't make this stuff up anymore...they spent $6.9 Mil and 6900 man hours on a study like that and their solution was something fit for The Duffel Blog.
  13. A lot of Guard tanker units are working with situations like that right now. That's probably your best bet.
  14. In short it's all perfectly legal, but here's my advice: I've seen some prior Navy and non-rated crewmember guys wearing both and it kinda looks dumb, the AF guys call any double wing wearer a "Dragonfly". I've seen some prior Navy and Marine guys wear AF wings mon-thurs and then their Navy wings with their callsign patch on Friday, which I think is a much more tactful way of doing things. I spoke to a pretty chill wing commander fighter type at my B-Course and he basically recommended waiting until I was officially named and then get Army wings on my callsign name tape if I want like the Navy guys do. In UPT I started with nothing and then wore my Army wings on my student name-tape after my flight commander said that I should. I then wore my AF wings once they were earned with no other wings (the couple other Army guys I knew there did the same). I originally had my AF wings with my CAB but it looks kinda funky and no one has any idea what a CAB is. I wore Army wings on my blues and dress mess along with my CAB before I graduated, and then at graduation I had my mom take my Army ones off and my wife put my Air Force ones on. I think the dragonfly thing looks kinda dumb. You can wear airborne if you want but people are gonna assume that your just an Academy guy who's proud of his 5 jumps from a Cessna. My advice would be to play the humble card on that and just wear it on your blues, and then when they say you never told them that you were a zoomy you can explain the Army Airborne school process.
  15. Pilot watches

    I've been trying to find a nice watch that has atomic timekeeping and tritium glow hands but a can't find one to save my life. I just had a thought though: Does the tritium interfere with the atomic time radio signal? That might explain why I'm having such a hard time finding a watch with that combination.