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Merle Dixon

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  1. Merle Dixon

    And Yet Another Deadline Missed

    My current assignment: Layover in Frankfurt Germany. My functional (me) is telling me to enjoy some beer and feel sorry for you guys stuck in the active-duty clown show. I truly hope every one of you find an escape hatch to the Guard or Reserve, or, just bail entirely. Good luck folks, this cold one is for you! Edit: Before this 6-day trip, I had 11 days off. Every single day, playing with my kids, taking them to lunch, saw Incredibles 2, a few days later Ant Man and the Wasp, made them breakfast almost every day, lots of “quality” time with the wife, honey do list complete, etc, etc. After this trip, I have 5 days off. God bless you all. 🍺
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    Heavy guys instructing T-38s

    😂 Good one. Take a pay cut from your 13 to 15 day-a-month airline job to go back to the AF clown show, full-time, in Columbus, Del Rio, or Enid, flying two or three times a day, soaked in sweat in the summer heat?
  3. I like to hope, in the last 6 to 9 months, the CSAF or SecAF have personally called every single general officer and said something like this... ”Look Billy, our pilots are leaving in droves. The US civil aviation world is on a decade long monumental pilot hiring binge. The US civil aviation sector has never, ever had so many thousands of mandatory retirements. China, India, most of the world and Timbuktu are hiring an unprecedented number of pilots. You, me, and our fairy godmother will not change this. What we can do Billy is stop the stupid. We can stop the damn assinine additional duties. We can stop the mandatory fun. We can leave our pilots alone and let them enjoy time with their families. We can stop the numerous PowerPoint ranger pilot deployments. We can focus solely on the mission, just the mission. So, Billy, if you know of any DO, SQ/CC, OG or WG/CC messing with my pilots, fire them. If I find out you are making my pilots miserable, Billy, you are fired. Stop the stupid Billy, stop the stupid. That is all.” Click.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    “We can guarantee cash benefits as far out and at whatever size you like, but we can not guarantee their purchasing power.” -Alan Greenspan
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    With FedEx hiring ~500 this year, Delta hiring ~1,000, American and United hiring over 600 each, SWA hiring, Alaska hiring, Jet Blue hiring... Do any of you know any AF pilot that is staying past their SUPT ADSC? Im a reservist embedded in an active-duty squadron at a SUPT base and I do not know a single IP that isnt quitting. Also, there used to be grey beard O-5s that would stay in SUPT world to 23, 24, 25 years of service. Not anymore. Every O-5 is on retirement terminal leave at 19 years and 10 months and in airline indoc. Via my little microcosm of active duty AF SUPT world, no one is sticking around, no one.
  6. Merle Dixon

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    On Monday, one wing has a “safety” down day complete with green dot training from 15:00 to 16:00.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I’m not advocating douchery bro. But, when some AFRC window licking general tells you that you cant retire until 1 Oct or Nov so they can make some manpower/end stength spread sheet/PowerPoint slide look nice, please realize you CAN just walk away.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    No stoner, did you read my post? As a RESERVIST, once you are in your 20th year of service AND you have earned 50 points, you no longer have to work. You have earned your required 20 years of service. If you choose not to work anymore once you have earned your final 50 points, of course you will no longer get paid.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Via ArcNet, look up the phone number for the AFRPC retirement folks, call that number and ask them yourself. Trust me, 20th year of service and 50 points, you no longer need to drill, show up for MUTAs or participate whatsoever. Merle
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Hello, To all of my AF Reserve TR brothers and sisters... My squadron has a policy, once you are in your 20th year and you have 50 points, you do not have to work your last 6 to 8 months before retirement. You do have to show up for the mandatory UTAs once a quarter or once per half (we now have MUTAs only twice per year). Well, we had a douche nozzle CC a few years ago that tried to rescind that policy. He wanted guys to fully participate until their retirement date. So, two of my bros called AFRPC and spoke with a SMSgt. The SMSgt informed them that legally, once a member is in her/his 20th year and has accumulated 50 points, he/she no longer has to participate. Your squadron/unit is unable to force you to participate any further. The SMSgt said the only recourse the squadron has, if you refuse to participate, is that they can submit paperwork to place you into the IRR. Well, by the time the squadron gins up the IRR paperwork and submits it to the group, which submits it to the numbered AF, which submits it to AFRPC, which runs it through the wickets, 8 months or more just went by. So, the SMSgt said basically there is absolutely nothing your squadron can do to compel you to work your last 6 to 8 months (6 to 9 if you like :) ). My bros had a meeting with the douche Sq/CC and told him this. They told douche that they retire in 7 months, they already picked up a copy of their FEFs, a copy of their flight records and a copy of their med records, been nice knowing ya, adios! He huffed and puffed and got his g-string panties in a wad. The douche made a bunch of phone calls and guess what, the SMSgt was correct. There was absolutely nothing douche could do about it. Here is a surprise, the no work your last 6 to 8 months policy returned. So, any of you stuck in the BS AFRC stop-loss/no retirement/AFRC has zero integrity/mess, and you have 20 or more years of service and you have at least 50 points for your current year, tell your unit to pound sand. You are free. Braveheart William Wallace style, yell it dawg, FREEDOM!! Merle