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  1. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    This. Also know what your CC supports and so it may depend where you work (Sq v OG v Wg)...I've seen senior Capts/Majs show their cards 2+ yrs out to a great Sq/CC who helped work with them on their transition to ANG/civilian life, but they certainly pulled their weight for the Sq as EPs/ADOs etc until separation. I've also seen a Wg Maj show his cards inside 1.5 yrs and was short noticed to a 6 month desk deployment, strats removed from the OPR, and landed himself back at the Sq flying nights only for the last months until his DOS (tanker dude with both a bad Wg and Sq CCs at the time). Those are the extremes. You probably fall somewhere in the middle. Wait till inside 1yr to 6 months if you want to be conservative and avoid the farewell desk deployment.
  2. "smartly reducing administrative burdens on squadron commanders." Maybe for next year. PRFs were due to the group weeks ago in my corner of the AF....countless Sq man-hours already wasted. I'm sure most Sq's have started...maybe this was announced just in time for some? Hope it sticks around! PRFs are a waste of time.
  3. I've seen many classes in my career where only the top 38 guy was truly happy on assignment night and all others felt they failed as they just missed the mark. This program may allow a second chance to those that had bad luck and timing on assignment night (and I'm talking more about the 09-12 classes than the more recent Oprah "fighters for everyone" classes). This crossflow program is very limited (4 slots) and they will only pull from very high performing officers in and out of the jet in the MAF. Specifically, it looks like they are targeting some of the year groups that had low numbers go to fighters. I agree with others on here that this is likely to increase the 11F numbers for staff or other unwanted bills later. For the guys that missed their first chance but still hold on to that dream of flying a fighter I say go for it. Even if it's just one Ops tour followed by a staff or whatever other long term plans they have in mind for these dudes. I'm glad some guys might get to cross over to fly their dream plane, and also glad it won't be faipmafiaoffical.
  4. U-28 reported down IVO CVS

    A toast Prayers for the families.
  5. KC-46A Info

    "On new generation tankers, boom operators have to sit in front of 3D TV screens (and yes, theyre wearing 3D glasses) embedded in huge control control consoles that repeat stereoscopic video feeds from cameras mounted around the aircraft." Will the glasses work at the movie theaters too? In all seriousness: Is this already on the KC-30 and/or KC-767 or is this brand new, unproven and overcomplicated technology that is soley to keep the defense contract machine flowing with simulators and training as the article suggests? Do we gain a significant refueling advantage from 3D TV technology that a traditional boom window wouldn't provide? I could see this improving night refueling or other scenarios...if it works.
  6. One of these...or argue the T-37/T-34 you flew was replaced by the T-6 so they should consider waiving the prior training experience. If you ask 3 different support clerks, even in the same office, you'll probably get 3 different answers...find the answer you like
  7. For pilots: how many have graduate studies done beforehand with a engineering/technical masters/doctorate vs. non technical graduate studies vs. none at all?
  8. Water Survival information

    That could be it. I really don't know what the 1 day of training entails, it just seems like it could/should be done at Pcola, or at least was done there in the past from the previous post in this forum. I'll enjoy my free time in Spokane. Can't really complain, just want to make sure I'm not missing something because it seems weird to have to go to 2 locations. Noted!
  9. Water Survival information

    Anyone else out there recently go from a "non-parachute water survival" to a "parachute water survival" airframe? Apparently S-V86-A (parachute WST) is now 1 day at Fairchild and then the rest down at Pensacola. Does this check? It seems a little wasteful that I need to go to opposite corners of the country to get one water survival course done, especially when the Fairchild portion is likely repeat stuff from "non-parachute water survival." Guess I'll plan on enjoying some brews at the Steam Plant and the extra TDY $$$ for the time being.