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Karl Hungus last won the day on October 19 2016

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  1. Same reason the US is still in Afghanistan, with no end state in mind and zero incentive to ever win. ForeverWar feeds the jobs program that is the Defense Industrial Complex. As another poster pointed out- once you realize the purpose of the DoD is to spend taxpayer money, everything starts to make sense.
  2. You won’t be getting a “white jet to Tampa”. They won’t exist after next summer.
  3. There’s a form to fill out, 1881 I think. You just need to cite the applicable regulation and paragraph designating that area as CZTE, and then explain in plain English what you did. Retroactive should be ok... it usually took my finance several months to process, but they were used to processing the 1881s. We usually attached something as proof, like CED orders, flight orders, 781s, DTS voucher, etc. Not sure how it works going back years though. YMMV.
  4. You’re missing the point. It’s not about efficient use of taxpayer money. It’s about feeding the beast that is the Defense Industrial Complex. It’s not about winning wars, it’s a jobs program... too big to fail.
  5. Speak for yourself. I was smart enough to recognize how incredibly fucked up and toxic active duty is while a casual LT awaiting UPT over a decade ago. Perhaps it’s more of a challenge to do so for the brainwashed masses leaving USAFA.
  6. None of the bonus is “worth it”, in terms of an incentive to stay on active duty longer than you otherwise would have, with money being the motivating factor. It’s certainly free money for those who were going to stay anyway, though. The only reason it doesn’t go lower, or go away, is so that management can point to the low take rates in a couple years to help justify their request for stop loss.
  7. That’s intentional and by design. The defense industrial complex at its finest- too big to fail.
  8. The big gamechanger will be when they change the AD retirement so that you start to collect at age 60, matching an ARC retirement. It’s coming. Hopefully we will be “grandfathered” in.
  9. Agree with most of what you said, but I don’t think changing the 1500 hour rule will be as easy as AF management thinks, nor would it “shut the flood gates” for hiring at the majors. It would make it way easier for the regionals to hire civilian pilots at subpar wages and benefits, prolonging that failing business model for a while. Being able to adequately staff the regionals might result in less regional flying brought to mainline, but Delta (CS100 and 717), for example, has already brought quite a bit of regional flying in house. Doesn’t even come close to hiring for the staggering number of retirements at the majors. They’ll still hire a ton of mil pilots, whether the AF likes it or not. I too don’t think AF managers are stupid... nor would I call them “shrewd”. I think they’re piss-poor at management, and basically are incompetent at effectively running a large organization. They certainly aren’t “leaders”, despite referring to themselves as such. I do agree that they simply don’t care. I know the pro-management frauds on this board would have you believe otherwise, but the AF really doesn’t get their management right most of the time.
  10. Heard that you can get out of TAPS if you have proof of employment following AD- even had a friend get hired by a regional and use that to get out of it. What about the fact that you’ve got a reserve job by virtue of the Palace Chase? Good enough to skip this BS?
  11. Perhaps Liquid had it deleted. I’m sure the workload from giving all those no-notice ground evals for folks talking about the airlines at work was just too much. The APC forums are a far better resource anyway.
  12. BWI goes junior at SWA. IAD is fairly junior at UAL, with EWR an easy commute. Same at AA, only PHL is closer if you can’t hold DCA. Driving up to NYC is doable at DAL... and FedEx is arguably the most commuter-friendly airline of all, I’m sure you could make it work. All of those options are way better than active duty. Get an IMA job at the pentagon and get a retirement on the side. Unless you signed a bonus... whoops...
  13. I’d imagine he’s pretty busy giving out no-notice ground evals to every pilot he comes across. That’s gotta take up a ton of his time these days. Can you believe he actually said that nonsense? Liquid doesn’t think you should talk about airlines at work, or else he will no-notice ground eval you “We should not tolerate talk and actions related to post-service employment at work. Do the f*ing job you are paid to do and plan for your post-service job on your own time. Stop the airline conversations in the pilot shop and make sure people are earning their damn paychecks. When I was a Captain and encountered pilots chatting about their airline prep in the pilot office, I would give them a no-notice ground eval to check their systems knowledge and combat readiness. It was amazing how fast that reduced the around time and set the standard that we actually focused on at work. Remember, while you are planning your next career, there are plenty of other people in the squadron that will be there for a long time and could actually benefit from your experience more than hearing the details of how and why you are separating.” Not at all surprising he got promoted. Management at its finest.
  14. I wish more of your management buddies would participate on these forums. Would be interesting to see how delusional and out of touch they really are. Or, more likely, how much they really don’t give a shit, as it’ll be someone else’s problem after they leave. Sort of like how the Liquids and Learjetters don’t really participate anymore.
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