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  1. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Are searches still a thing? I haven't been searched since Randolph in 2004/5. Guards would usually ask if I had time for a search since they had to do so many per hour.. They were pretty chill about it so I didn't mind.
  2. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Where is said thread?
  3. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    For me - 2 years left on my ADSC. I was late to UPT, so I've watched lots of my peers bail even if offered sweet school options/follow on assignments. I'm stuck in a dead end staff job and AFPC doesn't seem to give a damn that I'm willing to go fly an airplane. The longer I don't fly, the more I want to walk away at the end of my ADSC. It was telling last month when Gen Holmes addressed the issue at WEPTAC. Evidently 9 dudes (11F) who got school all turned it down to get out.. I personally don't think big blue GAF about the whole issue.. they'll wait it out until the next economic crunch when pilots get furloughed and come back in droves for a paycheck.
  4. Airline ticket without DTS

    You wouldn't have a JTR source for that would you? At my current shithole assignment, we were actually threatened by our GS-15 DTS AO that we would not be reimbursed for regular official travel if we didn't ask him ahead of time, via lengthy email with full details of the trip (even if a DTS auth was submitted/approved), if we had his blessing for the trip. Given the substantial amount of free time I have with this job, I've started to entertain myself by passive aggressively challenging him on all things related to travel funding.
  5. New BAH rates are out.

    underrated post
  6. The new airline thread

    Good luck to anyone applying.. I'll stay in my shitty rowboat of being stuck AD for the long haul.. late to UPT, current in a shit non-flying assignment with few options back to the flying world.. Feels like all the good airline jobs are getting snagged. I'm sure when I retire I'll at least be able to get a flight attendant job somewhere. Anyone like their coffee extra strong? /crying myself a river
  7. New BAH rates are out.

    Bruh, you sound kinda angry. What's your choice of beer, I'm buying... Our area just dropped by $250. BS.
  8. New BAH rates are out.

    How does that work for two people in the same system (i.e., Air Force) are paid the same to work in bumfuk, OK vs Honolulu or the NCR? It's either grossly overpaying person A or grossly underpaying person B. Just so I know we're not stretching things here... exactly how many deployments have you been on? And you're saying of those, you've literally lost count of how many were due to said reasons?
  9. Just me or are there a lot of commanders getting axed this year? 375th WG/CC fired https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/12/12/wing-commander-at-scott-air-force-base-fired-after-5-months-on-the-job/ WS/CC fired https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/09/26/air-force-squadron-commander-was-fired-after-allegedly-drinking-on-duty/ This dude was screwing around with an E-4... on the surface it seems he deserved it. https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/05/02/squadron-commander-at-moron-air-base-relieved-of-duty/ Thunderbirds https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/11/29/air-force-thunderbirds-commander-relieved/ Intel GP/CC.. alcohol related, but he was over the German limit by ~.001, and under our .08 limit. https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/09/22/air-force-intel-group-commander-relieved-of-command/ Macdill WG/CC https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/10/09/wing-commander-at-macdill-was-relieved-in-july/ https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/11/14/air-force-security-forces-commander-at-nellis-creech-relieved/ https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/10/07/maintenance-group-commander-at-eglin-air-force-base-fired/ I've worked with or know a couple of these guys along with another one or two not listed who were fired this year.. all (that I knew) were great guys and highly respected. Shitty to see their career hit a brick wall.
  10. F-22 Pilot's comments after flying the F-4

    My G-dad flew the RF-4C at Shaw, though he retired in '70. Funny - he always talked about how much power the F4 had.. I guess coming from the planes he flew from '43 to '70, they did.
  11. Is AMS and/or RAW working for you guys? The pages won't load for me over the last week. I've been itching to see the FY17 Retention report..
  12. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    As an AD guy who has reached out to similar units looking for any position (AGR would be preferable) and been turned away.. what's the reasoning behind this? Are your Sq's willing to go short-handed a while to keep the AGR/tech spots open for the traditional guys when, one day, they may want or need the full time job? I understand looking out for your own, but it's a bit confusing to me as to why a unit won't give a slot to someone willing to fill it when their own people are busy doing their own thing.
  13. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    Im sure. I'm in one. If I told you what my job and actual workload is, you'd probably lose all hope in the air Force. I have yet to hear of an effective way for individuals to call these positions out. Right now, the only method is to convince their commander to let the slot go unfilled or (ideally) do the paperwork to lose the billet. We all know no commander would do that in a million years. Thus the pilot shortage and perpetual cycle of filling useless roles.
  14. AFPC functionals and leadership

    Eh, if the OG sent out the email it would have been more appropriate to go through them for info and not proceed direct to the functional. having said that, I don't think it's worth worrying about. Just tell your boss you were innocently looking for info and didn't intend to cut out the chain of command.. next time you'll do it right. I think the AF culture of not being able to talk to the functionals (typically) is a huge disservice. I have a number of Army buds across the spectrum of MOS's. When I told them I never had a direct line to my functional until very recently, they were blown away.. even the infantry guys say as a Lt you could email/call the assignment guy and discuss available jobs. I believe the current crop of functionals at AFPC are making a HUGE effort to open lines of communication with their crew force. The C17 guy has weekly DCO sessions for anyone who wants to join. I've inquired a few times about assignments and he had no problem giving me his thoughts. Hopefully the trend will continue - AFPC shouldn't operate behind a shroud of secrecy when they're controlling some of the biggest changes in our lives.
  15. For those not WSJ subscribers, how do we view it?