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  1. MDDieselPilot

    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    Hah. I had a sq/cc who would call people on the road and bitch at them for letting their email acct lock due to being full. If this happened while on leave, he'd call you in his office when you returned to work and lecture you about how many auto-responses his email received as he tried to send you crap. Dude was straight out of catch-22.
  2. MDDieselPilot

    What is right with the Air Force

    It's about effing time. 90mb is a joke. Hell, the Army, with half their folks not knowing what a gb is, doles out 4gigs to everyone. Now - brace yourself for that old crusty civilian shotgun emailing 10mb flyers for the Friday afternoon donut sale.
  3. MDDieselPilot

    Promotion and PRF Information

  4. MDDieselPilot

    Promotion and PRF Information

    What's the current thought on having "Def Promote" in the push line, but a P overall...carry any weight, or meaningless? I'm IPZ this year and just got my prf back with a P. Loads of combat time, few DGs (though honestly they're from flying programs and not school, so I cynically think they carry less weight), few lower level awards, and small, but consistent strats. I fully expect to get passed over. You have the number to that truck driving school we saw on tv, Truck Masters I think it was? I might need that.
  5. MDDieselPilot

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Do you actually have 5 short tours? In the communities I've been a part of, that is highly uncommon. I'd be shocked if someone with that many ST's got tagged with a 365 at any point in their career. Perhaps I'm missing something though...
  6. MDDieselPilot

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    That's the type of example I'd love to hear a more senior dude's perspective. I'd like to think that OG or WG/CC mentioned to their MAJCOM/CC that they just lost 15 highly qualified folks to fill an 11G spot, and the MAJCOM/CC call CENTCOM (or wherever) and say WTF OVER. Was it really worth it? Did they *really* do a complete scrub of deployed billets and deem each one worthy of the cost to fill them?
  7. MDDieselPilot

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    This. Aside from almost everyone having 45 days in the last 5 years, the last number I heard was that we're going through 7 folks to fill each 365 due to retiring, bailing at 15+ years, etc. From what I've seen in my neck of the woods, that seems in the ballpark.
  8. MDDieselPilot

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    No. I believe the criteria was posted already. IIRC Anyone with 45 consecutive days or more in the last 5 years goes to the bottom. Number of short tours, STRD, and ODSD are then used. So in your example you'd very likely not be a candidate.
  9. MDDieselPilot

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Hah. I completed ACSC in correspondence as a Capt almost a year before I pinned on O4 (we had a kid on the way, overseas PCS coming, and other stuff so wanted to get acsc off my mind). My sq/cc told me I should have completed it the previous calendar year (I finished in jan) so it looked even better on my SURF. UFB.
  10. MDDieselPilot

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    She recited the enlistment oath with a t-rex sock puppet on her right hand. It's pretty cringe-worthy. Joke or no-joke, I can't imagine what went through her head, the O6 on the left, or the dude filming when they thought it'd be a good idea to post it online. I'm by no means the most reverent person around and I thought it was pretty bad.
  11. MDDieselPilot

    GA Aircraft Flown

    My grandfather built and flew a RV4 back in the 90s.. O320 160hp motor. IIRC it burned about 7gph and would cruise at 165I. I do recall him saying he didn't like taking guys over 200lbs in the back b/c of the CG, but would do it on occasion. Other than being limited on space, fantastic airplane.
  12. MDDieselPilot

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-113 The 69-page report is linked at the top of the page.
  13. MDDieselPilot

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Yea, that caught my eye as well. Sounds about right for a short term fix that becomes a long term problem.
  14. MDDieselPilot

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I'm not surprised that there is a spike, but what does surprise me is that every single airframe's mishap rate increased... curious to see what this will be attributed to.
  15. MDDieselPilot

    Retired Pilot Dies Trying to Save Kids from Drowning

    You've got to be a damned good swimmer to go in rough water and save someone.. let alone multiple adults. hats off to the guy for putting others' lives before his. Knowing how often people die trying to save someone else, I'm not sure I'd have the same nerve as Mike unless my own kids were involved.