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  1. SGT Bowe Bergdahl Freed

    Yeah, it's not like these guys have a record for brutality against, well, really anyone not in their immediate group, going back since before Elphinstone started marching out of Kabul in 1842.
  2. PRK and LASIK Information

    You can try to get an Exception to Policy, but it ain't gonna happen unless you've got some pull with a US Senator or the President to push the right buttons for you.
  3. Buckley 2018 UPT Board Difficulty?

    I'd guess you probably aren't going to get an interview for fighters without a PPL and a better PCSM. You don't have to be the best qualified on paper to get hired, but you do probably need to be among the top twenty or so applicants.
  4. UPT Chances

    Yes, a lot of squadrons will let you apply when you're withing a year of graduation.
  5. Painful and Honest Opinions for Fighters

    Definitely agree. Scores are not good enough right now to get you an interview. But you can get an interview in other ways, and if you do your scores won't be what holds you back.
  6. SGT Bowe Bergdahl Freed

    They charged him as if he deserted in peacetime, so that the death penalty was off the table.
  7. Not exactly ideal, but shouldn't you be able to mil-comp your CPL and go tow banners or something along those lines?
  8. It'd probably take a flag officer flying around basically reenacting the role of the Bobs from Office Space ("What is it you'd say you... do... here?"), but it could be done. I'm surprised the Navy doesn't have something similar for alleviating their shipboard manning problems, just a rear admiral going from shore posting to shore posting finding the manpower that's been squirelled away for some reason or another.
  9. Age Waivers

    Don't know about the age waiver, but as I understand it Lasik/PRK only has a six month wait now.
  10. Seeking Feedback - chances for Pilot or CSO

    How many hours to get your PCSM into the 80s? I'd say if you can get it there you have a much better shot. Retaking the AFOQT and TBAS after you get some hours might help your scores as well. Especially since you're going to need an age waiver, and a relatively "big" one too (you'll be 33, at least, by the time you start training).
  11. We've been under a state of emergency for the past 38 years due to the Iran hostage crisis. Last I checked, those hostages were returned a while back. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Emergency_Economic_Powers_Act#Current_subjects_of_IEEPA_emergencies
  12. Can anyone give recent FC1/MFS Experience?

    The technician at Wright-Pat told me that so long as you weren't significantly over the height-weight standards, you'd be fine. I busted my limit at MEPS (by 1 pound!) so I was sweating it a bit. Seems like they really only weigh you to make sure you're within the T-6 weight limits (I think 245 lbs?).
  13. Brutally honest opinions please about my chances

    I've seen some squadrons that allow applications as far as a year out from graduation, so you've got some hope there I suppose. I'd definitely be taking summer classes and trying to graduate ASAP so that you avoid as much of an age issue as you can.
  14. Chances for heavy unit?

    Asks advice on Friday, gets hired on Monday. That's a pretty fast result! Congrats.
  15. Chances for heavy unit?

    Agreed, your scores are more than good enough to not be the thing that doesn't get you hired, if that makes sense. Interview well, hang out with the squadron for a bit and be cool, and emphasize that your PPL will be done very shortly, and you'll do fine. People are getting interviewed by heavy squadrons with zero flight hours, so don't sweat it, really.
  16. August 2015: Start seriously getting things together for applying to squadrons. December 2016: First visit to MEPS, interview with squadron, get word I'm hired. June 2017: Approved by AFRC board. July 2017: FC1 (approved exactly six weeks later). September '17: Swear in to DEP. December '17: Inprocessing at Randolph. Jan '18: OTS. I had about two months of MEPS paperwork delays, without those I'd probably have made it into one of the September OTS classes and been almost exactly one year from hire by the squadron to arriving at UPT.
  17. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    But the first law school in the US didn't start teaching until 1780. Some were lawyers, but they were self-taught or apprenticed at best. And the concept of judicial review didn't come from the founding fathers, it came from the Supreme Court in 1803 (Marbury v. Madison).
  18. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    The problem is that too many people have been convinced that the Constitution is something that can only be interpreted by a Federal judge, or at least by someone with a JD and a background in ConLaw. In reality, the Constitution was written by farmers and merchants, not one of whom went to law school, and it was meant to be a document for the people.
  19. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    That case is a wonderful example of why the Supreme Court should not be treated as some sort of "legislature of last resort," because they generally lack technical knowledge and don't have the power to consider testimony by experts (because, theoretically they're an appellate court). In Miller, the Court decided it was OK to ban short-barreled shotguns, because they had no military use, despite the War Department issuing 40,000 of them just two decades prior for trench fighting. People who want gun bans need to start a movement to repeal the Second Amendment, not see it invalidated in court. But that would be horrifically unpopular, so they try to backdoor it through training requirements, "genuine need," lawsuits against gun manufacturers, etc.
  20. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    The level of firearms proficiency required by police officers is pretty minimal, and is usually (always?) mandated by liability-insurance -driven departmental regulations rather than actual force of law. I don't believe the Constitution allows the government to mandate safety classes for firearms any more than it allows the government to mandate safety classes before you can print a newspaper or post on a blog. As far as legal ramifications of discharging a weapon in public, I guarantee you that a police officer is always going to be held to a lesser standard than the average citizen for firing a gun. Practically, if we allowed states and municipalities to require "common sense" training requirements, you'd have places like Chicago saying, "Sure, you can have/carry a pistol, you just need to hit three bullseyes on the target with a pistol, and the target is on the dark side of the moon." Warren v. District of Columbia said that the police have absolutely no duty to protect individuals. In the case in question, they were called repeatedly about an ongoing gang rape, showed up multiple times, and left with no resolution after knocking on the door and getting no response.
  21. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    My thought is that Americans should be able to freely buy any weapon in use by their local / state police department. Police weapons are (theoretically) solely for self-defense, which means anything they're issued has a legitimate self-defense purpose. If California thinks that scary-looking semi-automatic rifles have no self-defense use and wants to ban them, they can explain that to their local police unions. Likewise, if New York thinks a seven-round magazine is perfectly acceptable for self-defense, then there's no reason the NYPD should have standard-capacity fifteen-round magazines in their service pistols (given NYPD's issues with shooting everyone and everything but the target they're aiming at, this would probably save quite a few innocent bystanders).
  22. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    There's a big movement to restore felons' constitutional rights, at least as far as it relates to voting. And both voting and firearms are guaranteed by an amendment, but the voting one is a lot more strictly limited. The Second just says that the right "shall not be infringed."
  23. Chances at an ANG Fighter Squadron

    In my case it was generally something they did before the in-person interview, after I had visited the squadron over a drill weekend. I agree, I strongly prefer to interview in person.
  24. Did you swear in yet? Did the 340th mention anything about dates for inprocessing in for January class dates?
  25. Chances at an ANG Fighter Squadron

    I had the almost exactly the same flight hours, PCSM, and pilot score, lower GPA, higher other AFOQT scores. I was able to get a couple phone interviews with ANG fighter squadrons, nothing more than that. My guess is that I was competitive enough that if I had meshed really well with the squadrons at the drill weekends I attended, I'd have had a shot, but who knows? I was hired by the first heavy squadron I interviewed with (and received multiple other calls to interview in the weeks after I was hired). Long story short, if you're 23 and have plenty of time to pursue fighters for a while (to the point of applying to / visiting your dream units over multiple boards), do that. If you just turned 28 and are about to require an age waiver if you don't get hired ASAP, then you should apply to heavy squadrons as you have a good chance there.