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  1. That’s my understanding as well. They are looking into it and if they want to do it they will institute it in 2022/2023 from the email I received.
  2. FWIW, I took the bonus to 20 then got passed over. I then tried palace chasing before I was twice passed over as I wasn’t sure if I would be offered continuation and was denied palace chase due to low manning in my career field. I could be wrong but you may still be able to deny continuation and get out. I’d definitely verify that with AFPC if you end up getting passed over twice but if you do nothing the continuation paperwork should spell out everything. That was 2 years ago so YMMV depending on your MDS manning, etc.
  3. As 2APZ with a P I’ll post my results along with my push line which didn’t seem stellar in the opinion of a passed over major.
  4. Anyone know the accountability date for the next LAF O5 board (2021)?
  5. Historically spring and summer are worse for mishaps compared to winter and fall for instance. I’m not saying this year is a banner year by any means but so far it’s about average. The ten year average for aviation fatalities is 8.9/year and we are at 7 and we averaged 18.4 destroyed aircraft per year in the past 10 years and so far this year we have 10. Granted we have 2.5 months left but so far this year seems about average. I’m not saying we should be happy with average. We need to thoroughly investigate all mishaps and come up with solid recommendations while looking for and eliminating trends which I feel like we are doing. When I mentioned in my previous post that last year was the best year we’ve ever had for fatalities and destroyed aircraft I was providing some facts to counter a previous post about how our mishap rates are higher due to aging aircraft and inexperienced aircrews. I just don’t see that in the data. Yes we had more Class As last year than in the past but that is contributed to 5 gen fighters costing more to fix. I guess my point is it’s a little too early to say we are having a trend yet in my opinion based on the data I see.
  6. Last FY the USAF tied its previous best year with two aviation related fatalities (one of which was a parachutist) and the USAF had the least number of destroyed aircraft from aviation accidents in USAF history. Just wanted to throw that out there.
  7. The Final Message and Mishap Summary Brief are both available to download in AFSAS.
  8. Does anyone know if that 90% was for just IPZ or does that 90% promotion rate include everyone in the zone and above?
  9. Good luck ya’ll. 90% is pretty good odds. But as a 2x APZ’er I’m not gonna hold my breath.
  10. I think it’s about time and that they should have changed the song years ago.
  11. AFPC/DP2SPP just told me otherwise. They said that during 2017, 2018 and 2019 officers in a critical skill that initially took continuation to 20 were offered continuation to 24 after subsequent non-selections to O5. They said it changes year to year so there’s no guarantee that the AF will offer it next year but considering there’s a pilot shortage I may just risk it and only sign to 20.
  12. You know what assume does... haha. I do have an ADSC that takes me to 20.5 YAS and I’d rather not commit to do an extra 6 months as a major 5 years from now if they will most likely offer continuation to 24 years after subsequent non-selections to O5.
  13. Considering taking continuation to 20 vs 24 years. For those who took continuation to 20 did the AF offer continuation to 24 on the subsequent promotion boards?
  14. I got passed over for O-5 last year IPZ. It’s definitely a kick in the nutz. It took some time working through the 5 stages of grief. I got my ATP and rushed a couple units and put in Palace Chase paperwork (which I found out got denied yesterday due to MDS manning BTW - I’m a KC-135 pilot who took the bonus to 20 years FWIW). Based on SAF PC’s denial rationale I’m expecting continuation but I’m ready for non-continuation or to deny continuation as I have a guard unit interested in hiring me if I choose. You definitely will have options if you spend some time looking at what’s out there. If you decide to stay in a pass over major who’s been continued does have some perks.
  15. I’d say you have good odds to be able to stay in the cockpit as a KC135 driver. The reason I say this is bc the 135 is undermanned currently, the AF supposedly wants more tanker squadrons and the kc135 has the lowest retention rates in the MAF (mobility AF). Just one mans opinion. And realize the only constant is change so who knows what tomorrow will bring. With that said after flying for 12 years I was offered staff. I feel like I could have asked to stay in the cockpit BUT I’d probably been given the leftovers... whatever that may be... KC-135 to Altus or T-6 to Laughlin. Regarding your EDIT. Volunteering to be in the OSS wouldn’t help you stay in the cockpit longer IMO. When you are stationed somewhere they send X people to the OSS, X at the Group and X at the Wing at any given time and you typically get a new job every year or so and it could be anywhere in the wing. Not sure what you could do to stay in the cockpit longer besides asking your functional for another flying assignment. And hoping it works. But someone else may have a better answer.
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