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MooseAg03

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  1. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    This actually makes me feel much better since the average would be more like a historical mid 80s.
  2. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    We lost 5 out of 26 in T-6s and another in T-1s. There were also 2 who washed out of my IFS class. When the Air Force upholds standards, people do wash out. Now they are only interested in production so good enough is ok. Why do you think IFS morphed back into IFT?
  3. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I remember taking the BATs test which was supposed to judge hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills. There’s a newer version of it, but it’s still the same principle. A mentor when I was applying told me that some people just can’t hack UPT due to their lack of fine motor skills. I’m afraid this shows we will continue to push people through as mentioned above who lack these skills. It’s been said here a lot, but I think it means a lot more jets will be in the dirt over the next few years.
  4. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    This was my thought as well, my PCSM was a 91 and my AFOQT were fairly high as well. The officer recruiter initially told me I wasn’t competitive because I didn’t have 200+ hours and all of my civilian ratings. I always felt lucky to be selected during a competitive time, but damn that seems like dropping the bar pretty far.
  5. I’ll gladly take back pay for my Creech assignment. $400/mo would have been over $20k. Now it just makes me even angrier and want to separate even more. AIP ended right before I got there and now that I’ve left it’s coming back. Damn you Air Force.
  6. AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    When they cancel the light attack idea, the buzz phrase they’ll use will be “we need capabilities to win the next war, not the last one.” Even though we’ll be still fighting the last one when the next war kicks off.
  7. The new airline thread

    Can you elaborate on this one? I’m debating how long to wait before dropping PC paper work. Right now I’m shooting for 8 months prior to desired separation date (not including terminal).
  8. They are saying fly only guys will fill flying related jobs all the way to the staff level - training, Stan/Eval, flight safety, etc. I would expect a wing chief of Stan/eval to be a Lt Col whether he is fly only or not. If I were on that track and became a gray-beard tactical expert high time evaluator, I would also expect to compete for on time promotion to Lt Col, instead of being penalized for 2 years. If you’re choosing the fly only track to avoid greater responsibility then I agree you shouldn’t be handed Lt Col. I just want my increased responsibility to be related to the mission, not planning change of command or other queep.
  9. The Next President is...

    If the IRS was just doing their jobs why did Lois Lerner plead the 5th? https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lois-lerner-pleads-the-fifth-again-doesnt-testify-on-irs-targeting/ Maybe she was trying to avoid process crimes like we’re seeing now with Flynn. Or maybe she was part of a crooked administration harassing political opponents.
  10. Took the survey today. 1) They're targeting the wrong year group. They should be trying to convince mid to senior Capts that they want to stay past commitment, not change the minds of those with a foot out the door. 2) Current aviation bonus is too low. 3) "Tactical" and flying deployments. This means you're still up for that 179 to the CAOC. 4) Flying related jobs at all levels....including staff. They'll get around this by keeping you attached somewhere that you'll maybe fly once per quarter. 5) 4-5 years isn't long enough. If you want a 13 year Major, let him pick a base of choice and stay there until 20. That's homesteading. 6 & 7) Good 8) "Fly only" in zone to Lt Col would be 16 years which by my calculations is 2 years behind everyone else. Why penalize the guy who wants to fly by making him promote later? I only looked at the DOR chart for about a minute, so I might be wrong here. 9) Pilots who return to traditional track are still locked in for 20 years. Some good ideas here, but the biggest issue is that these "guarantees" are still dependent on big blue keeping its word. We all know where that leads.
  11. Drone Pilots: We Don’t Get No Respect

    https://secure.afa.org/Mitchell/reports/MP7_Predator_0811.pdf Worth the read if you’ve never seen it.
  12. I need some advice

    Keep in mind you are risking being non-vol’d to spend time in RPAs. I spent half of my commitment operating out of a shipping container. I was a UPT DG and upgraded to aircraft commander with min time. The manning draw to RPAs was just too great when I was up for my second assignment. Luckily manning was good last year and I made it back into the cockpit, but they are seeing their pilot numbers decrease and are looking at having to force guys to stay permanently. A lot of the 18X guys are coming to the end of their commitments and most are leaving for lucrative contracting jobs on the outside. If I had it to do all over again, I would go to the guard. My kids are older now and each move is harder on them, so this is my last assignment on active duty.
  13. The Next President is...

    So if it’s nothing, why was the argument made that its release was a danger to national security? I think everything should be released, then maybe we can see why the FISA warrants were renewed multiple times. I think the very existence of a classified court is un-American.
  14. The Next President is...

    I wonder if those charts are consistent unemployment numbers. We all know the Obama administration began reporting a more favorable unemployment rate leading up to his re-election to make the economy look better. This omitted those who had given up looking for work by removing them from the labor pool. Those numbers are still in use, so I wish we’d go back to the actual numbers. That’s another Obama legacy that could be undone to make our country better.
  15. The Next President is...

    A report from the DNI who perjured himself before Congress when he said the US government was not collecting massive amounts of data on all Americans? Forgive me if I take anything with his name attached with a huge grain of salt.
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