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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    To your point, I’ve seen AFRC guys who stayed way past 20 YOS mil due to the radiation burns from the post-9/11 furlough years. Can’t fault them a bit for keeping two jobs, not being sure how the airline side of things would eventually turn out. I also don’t fault guys for the often hated phrase “keeping doors open”. But simple things like doing (dumb) PME can keep the promotion opportunities open for many years, particularly on the AFRC side. Having done Active Duty for over a decade, I enjoy the relatively low bar set in AFRC for progression. A pulse and PME is all that’s required for O-5. Masters and PME for O-6. One the flip side of that, I also don’t fault an ARC baby who got hired at an airline in his/her first 10 years on mil service, starts making great money and having amazing time at home, and finds the inherent stupidity of PME insatiable, retiring as an O-4 with a smile. Different strokes for different folks. In my AFRC unit, I fly with farmers, police officers, firefighters, teachers, dentists, airline pilots, you name it. My family’s best plan has literally nothing to do your family’s best plan. The ARC does a much better job of embracing that mentality than anything I experienced on AD (i.e. everyone should be a CSAF in training).
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    That’s a no brainer. There are a couple former AD LtCs @ FedEx...punched at 18+ yrs for dumbass reasons like those above, got an employee number, then after IOE started retraining into another aircraft in the ARC. Mil safety blanket checklist complete, airline checklist down to the line, no 365. Gotta be smart with telling the gaining ARC unit on when to start the ground school, but it can be done.
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    Leadership at the 'Deid

    Tone on the internet = damned near impossible. Phasers set back to stun. Acquiring new worthwhile targets to show “what for”. - old man OUT
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    Leadership at the 'Deid

    Big Base Motherers? How about instead of accepting the bullshit saying “It could be worse”... we always shoot for “it could be better”? The mentality that I just have to deal with shitty conditions because someone else in the world has it worse is not valid. But leadership at these places sure wants me to internalize that. All along the same lines of taking a shitty assignment is good for my career, etc. In the past, I’ve had to struggle with not allowing the AF’s priority list to merge with my own list. This is just another example of guys settling for total bullshit because...it could be worse.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Yep, there’s an application process. From what I’ve studied (as a guy that is 1-2 yrs / 1 deployment away from this path)...it’s not necessarily competitive as you would equate with getting into a flying unit. I had to contact the POC and see what the individual process was for the region I’m considering. From there, it’s a question of paperwork and time. AFRC currently has some type of “stop-loss” type MFR out that states you can’t go from Cat A (a flyer) to Cat E until the next FY. So not technically stop loss, but there is some luck/timing involved with what AFRC policy will be in place when you decide to pull the trigger. I don’t think guys are getting turned down on the Cat E side for not “qualifying” for a points/no pay scenario. If anyone reading this has that experience, would love to read what happened.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Yes and yes. Reference the Cat E (CAP & ALO) thread for the former scenario.
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    The new airline thread

    “2”. For work, I intentionally steer away from United at all costs. I fly frequently on all major airlines as a pax. My personal experience with UAL has been abysmal, from sitting domestic coach to Polaris lie-flat across the pond. I honestly don’t understand the culture difference between UAL and all others. When I read that a UAL backenders coarse attitude has resulted in an animal death, I’m not surprised in the least.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Every word above is 100% accurate for my ARC unit as well.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Eloquent af my friend. THAT is bullet number one for every one of us who couldn’t say WHY in enough different way as we ran for the door. You’re a mind reader.
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    Wing Re-Org Test

    And “willing to move” will continue to be a no go. Finally turning into a buyers market in that respect...either go full time at the airline, or you let me lead / promote at my home station. I realize the ART world is a bit different, but the rules are trending that way too, at least for OG/CCs in the near term. Good stuff!
  11. Read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy...it will all become clear.
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    The new airline thread

    There is a thread started on that topic here. http://www.flyingsquadron.com/forums/topic/18929-irr-opportunitiespoints/?page=2 Would be nice to get a refresh from anyone doing this currently.
  13. No flight pay bump yet at my Reserve base. Finance told another pilot in my unit “It could take up to a year...the pay tables from AFRC aren’t correct” Not really sure why I expect anything other than gross incompetence from support agencies. Imagine if I flew an ILS (a routine task) like a finance guy files a voucher. Sorry, the system is down. Sorry, we went to lunch. Sorry, we’re closed for training. Sorry, you didn’t sign this on the correct date. Sorry, we lost the voucher. Sorry, you need to show me in the AFI where it says I have to do my job. More time is expended creating any/every excuse NOT to do a primary job than actually performing the smallest task. It’s OK though. Because they can never be fired.
  14. Check your LESs Reservists. The 12-22 yr demographic is having issues. I’m still on the old flight pay for Oct, and FM is telling us “it must be a table problem from DFAS, we’ll create a ticket and have them fix it”. Glad it’s actually working for the AD guys though. At least a few get what’s owed on time. Better than none!
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