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  1. 1) Lots of things. When you apply for VA benefits you get to choose what you claim. I'd recommend looking at the FAA's Guide for AMEs prior to claiming anything. The FAA can and does look at VA medical records and compare them to medical certificate applications. https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/ . I'd stay away from getting a sleep test to try to claim sleep apnea, and from claiming PTSD or similar mental health conditions. But if they're already in your record, there are special issuance processes (that can take forever, I filed in November and still haven't gotten my class 1). 2) Your Airmen and Family Readiness Center should offer some sort of VA benefits class, but pretty much if it's in your active duty medical record you have a shot at receiving disability for it. Even something like rolling an ankle while playing basketball while on active duty. You can also go talk to your local Veterans Service Organization (e.g. DAV or AMVETS) -- they are experts at claiming disability. Think a whole bunch of Vietnam vets that feel like they got screwed and now spend their retirement helping other people not get screwed. 3) No clue, but there should be some sort of VA rep at your A&FRC that can help clear this up. 4) Personal choice. In reality, if it's in your medical record you should probably be disclosing it to the FAA. However, I don't think they have any way to check your medical history unless it is something that you claimed with the VA.
  2. Your choice. Typically people that live apart and can’t/won’t leave their jobs also have to deal with distance relationships. It’s not like the Air Force drafted one of you into service. It’s just life. I don’t think the AF should ignore your personal preferences. They shouldn’t ignore anyone’s. But they definitely shouldn’t give yours priority just because of your choice in spouse.
  3. My point is that mil to mil choose that life fully knowing the ramifications and should not get special treatment. I’ve seen too many joint spouses get “drug” along by their significant other to an assignment that otherwise would go to someone more deserving. Examples I’ve seen: guy stay 9 years in Germany, another get selected for Phoenix Reach off the alternate list, another get school, DO of sister squadrons, SQ/CC of sister squadrons etc. Theres nothing here about good deal policing. I just think that it’s wrong to consider the personal lives of only a subset of individuals. Do it for everyone or no one. I’m just as likely to separate due to my family concerns as a mil to mil. Similiar example is the single people getting shafted over holidays and on deployments because apparently their time is less valuable. Regardless, it’s just an opinion and I can see the benefits to both sides.
  4. I saw them create a helo slot out of thin air for an engaged couple. So you never know. My opinion, no clue why mil to mil gets special treatment. No one ever asked me if an assignment was compatible with my wife’s career.
  5. I don't get why the ADSC for this starts on the day you "transfer" and not retroactively to when you first became eligible. If I was eligible to transfer x years ago, but didn't, why should I have to serve 4 more years just because I didn't do paperwork online? What a boondoggle. We should either be given benefits or not based on years of service, not when we "elected" to transfer. You don't have to "Opt in" to retirement at 10 years, and then if you miss the sweet spot have to serve a total of 21 or 22 years to get the benefit.
  6. Good news is that the 317 never needed a wing commander in the first place.
  7. Maybe fingers and the rest literally can’t understand what’s going on because the way we treat generals damages their brains.
  8. Is any other wing in AETC going for "full mission ready status"? Instead of reacting to increasing tensions with N Korea by focusing on making students that much better, we all have to do CBRNE, expeditionary active shooter training, etc. This is despite the AETC push within the past 12 months to protect all FTU aircrew from deployments. I'm pretty sure if there's a full blown war a) the production pipeline will still need to go on, and b) all that stuff would be waived anyway.
  9. Having been in an FTU that has never washed out a pilot (100% graduation rate), I can confirm this is a morale drain.
  10. Who is going to separate from the air force and choose to live at UPT location for half the pay their skills are worth? How many people will sacrifice pay and quality of life just to fly a T-6 or an almost 60 year old T-38? This doesn't solve production problems or retention problems, but just creates a new group of people that'll have those same problems...and helps keep the military guys you do have in ops units so their ops tempo can be even higher. I guess they are trying to just make small gains in as many places as possible. Even if it's only 1-2 pilots per base. Edit: If UPT were in a decent location, that would completely change the outlook. You'd have decent flying and no deployments while getting to raise a family in a normal place. Good luck with Congress on that one though.
  11. I had a pretty awful experience on base that ended with my cat hissing and pissing itself in the corner while an Army vet tech tried to pick her up with thick rubber gloves. That appointment did not involve the actual vet, who invited me to come back to have "a good experience" when she heard what happened. That second appointment didn't go much better. They didn't seem to know how to handle cats, but they might be much better for dogs. FWIW I've had very normal experiences at other vets not on base at LRAFB.
  12. At Corpus I had a Marine major in my class that had to be 33-35ish at least (he had several teenage children). He was a prior WSO who washed out at the end of T-45s and was subsequently sent to T-44s. Dude had like 300 UPT hours between T-34s, T-45s, and T-44s. On the Air Force side, 28 for an ANG prior loadmaster.
  13. First, find a place to take the military competency test; I think it is Central Flying Service at LIT. You should be able to find gouge somewhere online; a quick search gives this. Next, set up an appointment at the Little Rock FSDO . Take all your paper work from T-6s and T-44s plus your test score print out to this appointment and you'll have your license. At least in Little Rock, there is no need for the middle man.
  14. Are you saying she is in the military and you want her to PCS to Ramstein, or that you are going to PCS to Ramstein and you are wondering about her civilian job possibilities? If it is the latter, try www.cpol.army.mil/ and www.afciviliancareers.com but I would say her best bet would be to volunteer as a physical therapist through the Red Cross at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and work her way into a job through that.
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