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  1. I'll roll the dice and not do ACSC. If I don't make O-5 without it and with all the other things on my resume, I'll happy drive off into the sunset with an O-4 retirement. If my life depends on $300 per month when I'm 60, something went terribly wrong.
  2. Civilian T-6 IPs?

    I feel all of these random fixes are the result of clueless go-getters looking to put their name on some new program to better their careers without a clear picture of what the real problem is. That being said, I actually don't have a real problem with former military pilots acting in a civilian role (GS-??) teaching UPT studs how to fly the T-6. It is a way to harness and take advantage of a lot of experience out there. It does, however, bring up quite a few questions. First, how much are you going to pay these pilots and how are you going to incentivize it? As cool of a job buzzing around in a T-6 may seem to be, the airlines are still hiring full-bore and you couldn't pay me GS-13 pay to teach in a T-6 vs. work for the airlines. Of course everyone's career goals and what will make them happy is different, so they may find a few who want to live in Columbus, Del Rio or Enid for the rest of their lives that'll bite. They can keep that as far as I'm concerned. The other big question is, UPT is not supposed to be a commercial pilot training program where everyone is touchy-feely and professional. There is a level of discipline that is only possible between members of the military with rank. You mean to tell me a GS-13 is gonna tell a Lt or Capt to "sit the F%CK down!!!" during standup or scream at him from the back seat of the 6 when he's jacking up his rejoin? I'm sure these civilians aren't going to wear a uniform with rank like ART's in the AFRC or ANG do. Of course this could all be solved with policy and understanding that these guys and gals hold the authority to hand you your ass during the program just like anyone else.
  3. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Are those for sale?
  4. 11-217: should it stay or go?

    Get rid of it.
  5. Yes, all GS-2181's in the ANG get 30% locality pay (unless your actual locality is higher like NYC or SFO - then you get the higher of the two). For most units in areas that fall well below the 30% locality, it's a pretty good deal. For others that are in the higher cost of living areas upwards of high 20% and into the 30s they don't get much of a bonus at all. The National Guard Bureau last year approved to giving Pilots bonuses above and beyond the 30% locality. In my unit it was 25% per year for instructor Pilots. Of course the funds for these bonuses come out of the civilian pay pot which means units weren't getting any extra money to fund the bonuses which ultimately means less temp-ART's and Less on the spot bonuses for everyone else. The "whole picture" is that the ART program sucks and needs to go in favor of an all AGR fulltimer force. Of course I'm sure they're just all banking on the next airline industry crisis when everyone crawls back to an ART job and shrivals away in their chairs into their late 40's and past the point of no return. :)
  6. Are you a pilot? This is a temp-ART position, correct? Is this ANG or Reserves? I find there are a lot of inconsistencies in the HR's between the two and even amongst different airframes/units in the same branch. I really don't get. It all spells disfunction at the NGB/MAJCOM level. We hire all pilot ART's as GS-13's; even temps. There was a "short-lived" point in time when HR used to make us hire anything less than an IP as a GS-12. GS-9 thru 11?! YGTBSM! Your standard "Admin Officer" position in the ANG is a GS-11 thru GS-13 depending on the requirements. Most of them are at least 12's. At this time of mass-pilot-exodus on the full-time side of the ARC, I cannot fathom the mentality of hiring someone less than an 11 or 12. Even a copilot. The sooner you get a young'n seeing those "big" LES's as a 13, the less time he spends (in the short term) comparing his GS-9 salary to the regionals.
  7. It went through NGB to fill the hole and NGB must have ran a MilPds query on who was qualified.
  8. I know a guard tanker WIC grad who got tapped for a 180, involuntary mob and a Sq/CC fresh out of commander school who got tapped for OG/CV in CENTCOM. The WIC guy put in for retirement and the Sq/CC got creative and was able to get out of it, but it's definitely getting to that point...
  9. Looks like they're starting to tap guard guys with command stink in MilPDS for 6-mo command tours in CENTCOM... involuntary mobilization. Looks like Big Blue is getting desperate. I remember the days they wouldn't let ARC staff anything over there to preserve PRF bullets for the AD. Oh how they change their tune real fast. The ARC will bleed just as badly if that starts to be abused.
  10. 5,800? Was that a typo? The number is a hell of a lot larger than 5,800. I had thought it was upwards of 30,000.
  11. I'll give you one reason. Airline pilots have one job; to be professional pilots. 100% focus (or at least the opportunity to...) on flying. Flying in the Air Force is an additonal duty. Being a good pilot is all about proficiency and experience (and a lot of genetics along with it). From what I've seen over the years, there are a lot of pilots in the AF who could take or leave the flying thing and it sometimes shows in the cockpit. I'm sure this varies from community to community, but I would agree that basic airmanship is a weak area in the AF. Of course by the time you ever have a chance to peak in the cockpit, it's time to push paper. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
  12. The Grass Is Always Greener... sometime that's 100% true and sometimes someone comes and pisses on your grass when you least expect it. Life is all about timing. For some of us going to the airlines right now is what I would consider very good timing. For those that are still wet behind the ears and have at least 10 more years ahead of them in the military - you have no idea what the airline industry is going to be like in 10 or 12 years when you're ready to make that decision. The airline industry could very well be in the crapper in 12 years like it was 12 years ago. Join the military to fly military aircraft and be ready for everything that comes along with that. I think we'll see things get better in the Air Force because I don't think our leaders have a choice anymore. Will it get better during my career? Probably not, but I'm guard now and have a little bit more flexibility with my military career. I can say though that it's to the point where coming in and doing the military thing is just for a paycheck and for a retirement at this point. It's just not that fun anymore and that's unfortunate because it's supposed to be one of the best jobs in the world, right? As far as the IP's go at UPT, I'm sure some of it is airline pilot envy. I'm sure a lot of it is jealousy because they're not in the right place at the right time so it's Human Nature for some to put something down that you can't have. In reality probably somewhere around 40% of airline pilots are veterans of the military so I'm not quite sure why they would take the time to put airline pilots down. In a lot of ways airline pilots, even ones that weren't in the military, are vastly superior aviators. On the other hand constant talk about commercial flying and insinuating that the Air Force is going to be your stepping stone to the airlines can be a distraction and at the end of the day you're there to learn how to fly military aircraft and eventually focus on your MDS/WS mission. Do your time and do it well because the country and quite frankly the rest of the world depends on you. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
  13. So when are we getting more of these made? Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
  14. This is just classic.... Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
  15. This is a great idea, but we have to make it an easier, less frowned upon process to transfer people from AD to ARC without it being such a cluster f*ck and end up not worth the hassle. I know there has been people who have tried to Palace Chase and get denied and then get twice passed over and kicked out. By that time they get their major airline job and say, "F*CK IT!" to the military for good. Another thing we are seeing in the ARC is former AD pilots are using the Guard and Reserves as a 2 or 3 year stepping stone/insurance policy and then bailing or taking non-flying positions. People are tired and the ARC is not exactly a cake walk these days depending on the airframe. There needs to be a signing bonus and an enforcable service commitment to the ARC. 5 years? Sure. We'll give you $25-30k up front to sign for a 5 year ARC tour. By that time, most people will stay ARC until 20, although there's still not much you can do about the people who just don't want to get their asses kicked anymore and decide they want to go IRR or pick up a non-flying position. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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