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  1. torqued

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I'm in this for the long haul. I intend to stick around here and give my advice as to how the Air Force and its pilots should operate well into my retirement years. I'm pretty sure my best years are behind me and if I don't consistently remind you what a badass I used to be, you can't expect me to get any sort of validation in my sunset years as a gear puller where my ego isn't regularly fed a steady diet of online recognition? Geez, can't someone just admit this is the funniest exchange ever precipitated by an animated snowflake .gif? I mean, I'm working my ass off here to make sure everyone is having a good time. FFS.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Of course! Whenever I'm feeling blue, the first thing I do is call your mommy. Know what I call her? A Dirty Whore. To the back of her head. And she loves it. (Don't go toe to toe with me with your petty insults, old man. You'll lose that game . ) You're right, Bashi. I'll not ashamed to admit I'm way over-torqued. After my ump-teenth dirt LZ ERO clusterfcuk in Bashar's front yard over the last few weeks and I may be a little grumpy. I hit 20 years in 30 days and I don't care to read to what a retired O-6 who hasn't seen a gradesheet or AF cockpit in years thinks about what abuse pilots should be willing to accept from an out of touch OG. If he wants to talk about whatever it is staff O-6s do (did), I'll defer to him. If he wants to talk about actual flying, I haven't been out of the cockpit for more than 60 days since 1998. Let's discuss. Maybe he is a good dude, but realize it sure isn't apparent in this forum. Perhaps he intends to continue cashing in on whatever his reputation was back in his heyday by getting away with asinine comments as above but the truth is he is no longer in the Air Force. If anyone who matters cares what he has to say about the current state of the AF, he wouldn't be an airline probie. On one hand, I give my heartfelt appreciation for however he served. Part of me feels badly for speaking poorly of someone who mostly likely served honorably. On the other hand, an asshole is an asshole and it takes one to know one. If he's hanging around here to condescend to folks like me to satisfy in online social media ego and preserve his former Active Duty esteem within a BO.net sycophant lynchmob circlejerk, he can eat shit. (No offense intended to anyone who may identify as a member of the CH sycophant lynchmob circlejerk). Well, that escalated quickly. I hope no one takes this too seriously. I've been deployed for a while and feel as though I have nearly perfected bitching as a fine art.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Don’t tell me what it “actually” was because you have no more information than the rest of us. I trust the guy telling the story know more about whether the dude was being a prick than you trying to put words in another O-6s mouth while simultaneously bitching about caustic leadership. You need to figure out what your position is and once you do, do not make mistake of assuming I give a shit. I’m also not interested in what a new airline guy thinks will serve an 11 year airline guy well. The Air Force is different than when you punched. The desks practically fly themselves these days.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    About time someone recognized how special I am.
  5. torqued

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I'd love to hear a retired Colonel's argument, in his thread about the AF pilot shortage, as to why snowflakes (like me) shouldn't identify poor AF leadership or recognize a young IP's value to, and outside of, the AF. Just kidding. No I wouldn't.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Well, none of us were there so we're left to infer the context and tone with which the threat was made. The simple fact that a threat was made doesn't seem to be in doubt. Where did you read this guy merely told them to "be vigilant"? That's not what was written nor what I read. I will agree with you: not everyone should be an IP. However, having been an IP since 2004, I certainly understand the frustration that comes from being blamed for increasingly complex and broken process that an IP has no control over. If another IP's gradesheet is overdue because he's been flying an ad-hoc schedule for several 12 hour days because they can't find anyone else to get a dozen crewmembers current before they leave for deployment next week while the network is down, don't expect me to wring my hands in worry that you'll take my cert away. I'm also not going to bag on the guy because he went home for dinner instead of writing me an essay in GTIMS. An OG threatening me for his performance makes me think he's completely out of touch and expects all his IP have a predisposition for fcuking up. People tend to live up to or down to the expectations set for them. You are correct in saying a CC should set clear positive expectations and priorities. You are incorrect in saying a CC should set clear expectations, priorities, and make threats, especially over "paperwork". As an OG, If someone didn't do a gradesheet, you ask your SQ/CC to talk directly to that person. You don't personally threaten all the other IPs with being decertified. That type of leadership style has been rode hard the last few years. If you think it's an acceptable one, let's have a look at the situation we presently find ourselves in.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Threatening to downgrade an IP to an AC before they've even been cert'd as an IP for crimes that have not yet been committed counts as professionalism? If you're going to threaten me with less responsibility, less paperwork, and the exact same amount of pay for not being able to overcome broken processes (i.e. GTIMS), forgive me if I smile and shrug. The value of an IP cert on an airline app is declining rapidly.
  8. torqued

    The Next President is...

    If a US military aircraft participates in any airshow, it is by definition being sponsored (in part) by the Government. Should I assume by the implied conviction of your belief that you've never participated in or attended an airshow with military aircraft performing? I will agree that this parade thing is a bad idea. Not because of the funding, but because I'm afraid everyone marching will look like the USAFA cadets at the Trump inauguration - embarrassing.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    The AETC slides seem so bizarrely ignorant that I think something must be missing. Consider: the slides are from AETC and they most likely would not detail retention initiatives. Those slides exist elsewhere. Quality of life and financial incentives are likely being addressed by different organizations, and they may be separately trying to solve the crisis entirely, as AETC looks to be doing. I believe bonuses are in the works: http://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/fy2019/fy2019_m1.pdf FY 2018 Air Force Officer Incentive pay budget: $236,704,000 FY 2019 AIr Force Officer Incentive pay budget: $284,437,000 (proposed) $47,000,000 (20%) increase for all officers, not just pilots. In FY 2017 there were 574 CAF and MAF bonus eligible pilots ($80K per year each?) I don't know what the pilot bonus target take rate is ( I would think 100% at this point) or how the extra money would be allocated among officers. Would a 20% increase in pilot bonus be enough? Defense Budget Approximate Approval Timeline: February 12, 2018 – DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal Spring/Summer 2018 – Congressional committees submit “views and estimates” of spending and revenues. Summer/Fall 2018 – House & Senate Armed Appropriations Committees work on the FY2019 defense bill. Summer/Fall 2018 – House of Representatives and Senate pass their versions of the defense bill and negotiate differences. November/December 2018 – The House of Representatives and Senate pass the final version of the defense bill. December 2018 – The defense bill is signed into law
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    If these guys bust daily rides/checkrides, the IPs are going to be blamed. They'll get 88/89 rides and the CC will push them through because he's going to be evaluated on his ability to max produce pilots and send them off to be someone else's problem. Being an IP for during next few years is going to be soul crushing. ALL the focus going forward will be quantity, not quality.
  11. At least in my unit, the person doing the certifications/authorization is often at a desk, in an secluded office, clicking "approved" 100 times per day. There is no reasonable method to ensure validity of requests because you're likely to piss off 99 people to catch the one unscrupulous individual who doesn't have an alibi. We've simply added complexity without value.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    You're probably right. Not possible. As LiquidSky said, the Air Force is trying to their hooks into as many young people interested in flying as possible. They'll create a large pool of casual status lieutenants who will be doing busy work until the ideas proposed for ramping up production are implemented. Air Force assumptions: Production capacity isn't going to decline further in the near term. Pilot production ideas proposed by AETC will be funded and implemented quickly. Those ideas will work effectively once implemented. Casual status lieutenants are willing to wait possibly years for a training slot, and are willing to incur another 10 year commitment once winged. As is demonstrated again and again throughout the "pilot crisis" slides and memos: People are merely resources. They're going to stockpile these resources on the front end and treat them as though they do not have a shelf life.
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    LOL. Don't forget, "Thank you for your service." This killed me.
  14. torqued

    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    Curb your ISIS enthusiasm. Why did I laugh so hard at this?
  15. torqued

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    We must be more careful with our words. If we want our young leaders to be successful in macroaggressions during war, we must avoid exposing them to, and victimizing them with microaggressions.
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