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  1. Lifer

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Stitch, I'd have him check out the following site. For a married O-2 at Vance AFB the annual salary showed like $55K without flight pay. http://militarypay.defense.gov/Calculators/RMC-Calculator/ And for reference at 12 years in as a major with flight pay you make about $120K. Often at that point you're either paid to leave or offered a bonus which is currently around $25K to $35K a year to stay in which can vary from around 5 to 9 years depending the Air Force's needs.
  2. Lifer

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I took the 9 year bonus to 20.5 years. So far the AF has treated me better than most. Seen some cool things and been stationed at some cool locations and flew the first 13 years and now in a pretty good staff gig. I guess time will tell how the next 6 years will be. Worst case or maybe best case I get passed over for O-5 and get out and go to the guard/reserves and get an airline gig. In the meantime I don’t mind making $150,000 a year plus retirement if I stay in to 20.
  3. JPIG, if you know a lot of 12Rs that you trust you could all agree to not take the bonus early. Doing so may even cause the AF to raise the bonus for your career field. Knowledge is power.