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  1. I would avoid PODS. This was our experience with PODS after they refused to honor their contract to deliver to Ft. Leavenworth. They said it was an inconvenience to deliver to post and would put them behind schedule, but they said we could pick up our stuff from the facility if we wanted to. The facility was over an hour a way.
  2. I must have fat-fingered the quote. I meant to reply to your post. Stupid fingers!
  3. Your strats, as stated, do not appear to be middle-of-the-road. That said, do you think there is a chance he meant middle-of-the-road as compared to other BPZ records? Given that your record only competed for an aggregate DP against other BPZ records, he may have meant that your record was "average" among the people all being pushed for a DP BPZ. Note also that the BPZ promotion rate is generally <5%, thus even with your strong strats, the odds are not high at being picked up BPZ for any officer.
  4. Unbelievable. The fact of the matter is that those officers did earn it, through dedicated service over their career. For that reason alone, they merit recognition. That year group simply did not have their records compete at a board. Even though one of my guys and I knew he would make it, I still took the time to call and congratulate him. Making any rank is not insignificant. That “commander” needs to know it is and has always been about the people, without which, the AF cannot execute its mission.
  5. Attached is an AIAA article written by Bill "Evil" Gray, USAF TPS Chief Test Pilot, about the new-at-the-time selection process. It is a good read for learning more about what the test community seeks in aspiring test pilots. USAF_Test_Pilot_Selection_for_the_Next_Generation.pdf
  6. I need to check the latest PSDM for the TPS selection board, but I am fairly confident that Engineering Management was not considered a qualifying degree.
  7. And if you graduated with > 3.5? Whether you received a GPA above or below 3.5 is somewhat immaterial in the grand scheme of things. The question you need to ask yourself is: even if I don't get into TPS someday, will I think my time spent working on a Master's was worthwhile in its own right? If you enjoy learning and think you can devote extra time to an advanced degree, in a relevant field, then pursue one. If, on the other hand, you are merely trying to grasp the golden ring that is TPS, I would advise against such a pursuit, but I have a different philosophy. To answer your question, having a Master's will generally help your package regardless of undergraduate GPA as long as the Master's GPA is sufficiently high (above 3.25 or so) and in a relevant field.
  8. I have not heard that and have recently hit card anniversaries on two cards plus an additional cardholder without fees being applied. About three months ago, I was reimbursed for three years of fees for a different account. This does not mean they have not changed policy, but my experience suggests that they have not reversed course.
  9. Thanks for bringing the app back to working order. Of note, the app does not keep me logged in like it used to. It seems if I go more than 15 minutes the app logs me out. Even more odd, the app shows I’m still logged in despite behavior (i.e. nothing showing in unread; no reply capability) indicating to the contrary.
  10. Hylete makes a limited line of workout apparel that I have found to be durable and useful for the gamut of my workouts ranging from powerlifting to sprint exercises. I would normally refrain from referring on this site, but Hylete offers 40% on all purchases to military members. Shameless referral link: https://share.hylete.com/x/LDeAx1 ETA: The above link gives 40% off for the initial purchase. To get 40% off for all purchases (50% off for 15 or more items), you need to sign up with their Service League. Much like AMEX's SCRA verification, you enter your name and email, they verify your affiliation and you are good to go.
  11. According to the Kadena Air Base historian, none of the above is true.
  12. My first question: what exact problem are you trying to solve? Sent from my iPad using Baseops Network Forums
  13. You will receive a Known Traveler ID when you get a Global Entry pass. As long as you enter this number when you make your reservation, you should be good with TSA Pre-Check. Just note that not all airlines participate in TSA Pre-Check. Sent from my iPad using Baseops Network Forums
  14. Historically, USAF TPS has been an option only for AD. I cannot access myPers right now, but I think last year's call for applications may have allowed for Reservists to apply as long as they were willing to reenter AD (or something to that effect). This year's board message is not out, but given the state of pilot manning, which mirrors the AF writ large, I doubt AFMC and TPS will entertain using slots for ANG/AFRC that could be used for AD. ETA: The above represents the current state of affairs. By the time you qualify for TPS, about eight years from now, the policy could change. If TPS is your ultimate aim, then AD provides your best bet.
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