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VigilanteNav

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  1. Situation: Years ago I was a member of the Civil Air Patrol/USAF Auxiliary. After several years as a CAP Officer I made application to enroll in the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Preparatory Program through Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala. This was at the time a current and valid program that was carried out at the unit level with instruction and oversite through AFR personal. My anticipation was that it could be a way to progress to the AFR. It was during the mid-1990’s and there was a lot of down-sizing in the military at that time so an AFR commission was not available upon completi
  2. I just finished an AFROTC tour as a Det CC. It is possible to go to the Guard or Reserves from ROTC although it is a small / not well advertised program. - Reserves option: will be publicized by HQ ROTC as either a Rated Board or Non-rated Board during your AS 300 year. Downside is that you are already contracted as an AS300 so if you don't get selected then you are still on track for AD. Guard option: you have to get hired by the Guard unit and then HQ ROTC will flip your EA (Enrollment Allocation) to a Guard EA. The hiring process is all on you and no one in ROTC will help you on this
  3. For your viewing pleasure....the link to the one stop shop to getting a flying (all rated positions included) gig in the Air Force Reserves. Current as of 7 April 2020. https://afreserve.com/downloads/AFRC_UFT_Guidebook.pdf
  4. For your viewing pleasure....the link to the one stop shop to getting a flying (all rated positions included) gig in the Air Force Reserves. Current as of 7 April 2020. https://afreserve.com/downloads/AFRC_UFT_Guidebook.pdf
  5. Scrolling only applies to AD and AFRC officers to the best of my knowledge so that's probably why no one on a Guard base has heard of it. (I've been AD, Reserve, and Guard in my career). In the Guard, Federal Recognition is the name of the game because you can't promote without that. Currently, I'm on AD in Air Force ROTC and scrolling is very important as we can't commission any cadets until they are scrolled. Here was one notice to us from HQ: On Friday, 27 Sep XX, SECDEF signed the AFROTC scroll submitted 6/20/XX for over 200 cadets. Sounds like you had some AD "leaders" trying t
  6. ROTC grad / Civil Engineering degree...rock solid pick and it's about time! 😉
  7. Hate to add to a rumor mill but I think my sources tell me the UPT backlog in FY20 is very real. In the AFROTC active duty world, we are hearing that all May 2020 commissionees will be waiting one year to go on AD orders to UPT. In plain english, even on active duty, you will likely wait one year so May 2021 will be the earliest you will start UPT. I'd imagine that hurts ANG start times too.
  8. I'm a current AFROTC Det CC so I have pertinent insights on this. You can do this but might have to educate the cadre (Det CC included) of the Det you are planning on joining. But, you'll likely have to do at least 3 total years in the AFROTC program (no short cut option now of doing less than 3 years in the program as a cadet no matter how close you are to getting your degree now). As I write this, I have a cadet in our program who already has a BA in Arts but is currently in school to get a BS in Aero Eng. I confirmed with HQ ROTC that the cadet can be in the program and even get a scho
  9. Honestly, it pains me to say it but the 2015 A-10 talk is getting stronger as we head towards FY21. See page 50 of the FY21 AF budget...ANG and AFRC A-10 numbers taking a hit. I'm a huge fan of the A-10 and got to control four of them once as they lit up a target tank column on the Barry Goldwater Range in AZ. Definite loss for the TACP. https://www.saffm.hq.af.mil/Portals/84/documents/FY21/SUPPORT_/FY21 Budget Overview_1.pdf?ver=2020-02-10-152806-743
  10. Ok, maybe went a little too strong on not betting any money on ANY future ones...but I'd still go with not many more. Point being, the wannabees should focus on other aircraft...IMHO. For those interested in some light reading, I point you to the latest AF Budget document. See page 50. It shows you what the AF wants to have each fleet size at in by the end of FY21. Notice how the B-1 #'s drop? Even if you don't want to consider that tid bit of info. Feel free to look up B-1 mission cape rates these days. I imagine the average Reserve B-1 pilot doesn't fly that much. Just FWIW for tho
  11. Nailed it. I'm quite positive that 5thGenProdigies don't quit when the going gets tough (like when they are up against swarms of lower gen Chinese fighters for example). This is coming from a Nav (who used to shoot the stars to get a three star fix) who has had plenty of pilots tell him to STFU Nav and other pleasantries. Buck up bronco and go get it if you want it!
  12. PM me. I know an ANG pilot who got a VC-### (737) position at Andrews recently so probably has the inside scoop on who they look for. Likely only current Rated bubbas need apply (he was long time 130 guy who was at NGB on staff for awhile).
  13. For you young Bomber wannabee pilots, I suggest scratching the B-1 off the list. It is on the retirement chopping block. Not a done deal but I wouldn't go to Vegas or even Atlantic City and put any money on any future new Reserve B-1 pilots.
  14. In real world Air Force speak, Recce is Reconnaissance. The post you commented on meant recognition so when they show you a picture of an aircraft at the interview you should be able to state what aircraft it is. And based on his comment, there aren't a lot of of units who would do that to you in an interview. So, you may not want to waste too many brain bytes on it but it still will be a good thing to work on as you proceed into your budding AF career.
  15. PM me. Long time ANG C-130 Nav with lots of insights on how the hiring process goes for fully qualified bubbas.
  16. Thread revival, any CSOs who just completed CSO school or in school now have the current gouge on the school as it currently exists? I'm an AFROTC Det CC with a CSO select who is about to commission and head to P'Cola this summer. And, I'm an ol' school Panel Nav (slick 130's) who went through P'cola in '96 so very interested in what the school looks like now.
  17. Not sure if someone posted this one earlier and I missed it but thought it was worthy of more discussion. Can we please stop having CC's who touch another officer's wife inappropriately at an official Air Force function? Is that too much to ask for? Do your F'ing job and just bang your own wife/significant other!!! https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/01/16/spangdahlem-group-commander-disciplined-for-inappropriately-touching-squadron-commanders-wife/
  18. No first hand experience but I have a buddy who just got picked up by Jet Blue and I know many pilots in the Guard and Reserves who fly for regionals and majors. Buddy at Jet Blue was a C-17 pilot with probably 2 to 3k hours but hadn't flown in the last 3-4 years of his AD time (he retired as an O-6 with 20+ years). He got hired by Air Wisconsin pretty easily and freely admitted to them that he was just going to stay with them until he got enough recent flying hours to get hired by a Major. I think he flew for them for six months before moving on to Jet Blue. So, basically the regionals ar
  19. Sorry about the delayed comment but I just viewed this post. The answer to your question is yes but likely only in the ANG. I was a 12M (C-130H Nav) and got hired to be an ALO in an ANG TACP unit. In AD, I haven't heard of any 1XM's becoming ALO's. The ANG is open to it because they need to be. My hiring interview went like this (edited out the stuff that didn't matter): Do you like working with the Army? Yes, I love to camp out under the stars and I have my air assault and army airborne badges. Response: you're hired. After four years of ALO experience, it's the toughest job you'll
  20. I'm a ROTC Det CC (CSO career field) with a senior (AS400) who is a CSO select so looking to push him info on the current details of CSO training experience at P'cola (other than hit Seville Quarter and the beach at the optimal times). If anyone has the current skinny on this, please post. Note that I went through P'cola in 1996 so the sharing of my experience is quite dated (yet, still love telling stories of my T-34 sorties with Marine Corps Pilots and my escape from the helo dunker).
  21. The Air Guard, MAFFS, and Herk communities (and world) lost three great heroes on Jan 23, 2020. Captain Ian McBeth (Lt Col, MT ANG), First Officer Paul Hudson ((Lt Col (Ret) Marine Corps)), and Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan, Jr. (18 year USAF FE vet) perished while fighting the fires in Australia. Personally, I was a Navigator in the Montana ANG with Ian for three years and I can't think of any pilot who I'd rather go into combat with. Please, do not speculate on this thread as to the cause of the crash. I just want this thread to be a memorial for those who knew any of these th
  22. Concur on all. Do not expect to get promoted early while on a VLPAD tour as the AD doesn't have any "vacancy promotion" process and you'll likely be placed in a position that is at your current rank anyway. Get a "drug deal" for getting rehired with your prior unit if at all possible! I'm six months out from the end of my VLPAD tour and so far so good on rejoining one of my prior ANG units. So far, my AD ISR (in-service recruiter) has been great and the 1288 is in process. Results vary with the ISRs though so I've heard others have been less than helpful. Absolutely do not do a VLPAD tou
  23. Yes, the entire program is under review. As a current VLPAD/ROTC Det CC, we were told that there are a combination of things going on that caused the pause in the program. First, the AFRC is not meeting total end strength numbers so they wanted a pause of all the VLPAD accessions to take a look at this and ensure they can continue to meet mission reqs. Second, the AD is already at their authorized end strength number for FY20 (as of Oct) so taking on new VLPADs only makes sense for basically the most critical fill positions. As of today (Jan 1st), I think ROTC was able to get at least one
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