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  1. @Royal, no personal experience but there are a lot of good options for veterans outside of using GO bill. Research what Syracuse University offers through Onward2Opportunity and also the VetTec program from the VA. And also recommend asking this same question on LinkedIn.
  2. The $6k a month is only paid to those after their UPT commitment is up, so the number is less than 12,471 pilots. We could probably find the right number in CH's "USAF is Screwed" thread and the good idea fairy slides. I'd guess for the price of one F-35 a year it could happen. So I agree it isn't going to happen...
  3. Only speculation, but that could also be the money needed for the new BRS Continuation Pay bonus they are handing out. Like you said, that proposed incentive pay is all Air Force officers. I hope I'm wrong.
  4. I agree it still says $35k for 2019. If I'm reading it correctly, it also says that CGOs at Klamath falls in the 173rd get $400 a month for "assignment incentive pay", and that this year they are starting the same thing for Creech. Can anyone confirm that the Air Force is paying people extra money for these assignments, beyond whatever adjustments BAH covers?
  5. You are good. Direct quote from the regs say you just need compensation (versus taxable income or AGI or W-2 income) of at least $11,000. They define compensation as: "Compensation includes wages, salaries, tips, professional fees, bonuses, and other amounts re-ceived for providing personal services. It also includes commissions, self-employment income, nontaxable combat pay, military differential pay, and taxable alimony and separate maintenance payments." https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p590a.pdf
  6. A theory I heard goes like this... In the current system your chances of getting selected for school across your first, second and third look are 10%,1%,3% respectively. This means your best chance for getting selected for school is your Majors board when you are competing with only your Captain peers. This also means that since so many school slots are filled by Majors board selects, that the Wing Commanders only have so many slots left to fight over for their young Majors. New system, your chances of being selected probably go 3%,5%,8% (total speculation) as your package is com
  7. This thread is in response to all the healthy discussion on an unrelated thread not about the RQ-4, so now there is a thread just for the GH. Hopefully this will help my community fight two battles, the battle to be embraced by big Air Force so we can showcase our capability and the battle to address concerns that we have no capability at all, aka U2 vs RQ-4. So, we would love to integrate in a more meaningful way at Red Flag and tap into our Intel Patch's talent...As it was explained to me, the billet for an organic intel officer was established within the last year. I assume there is
  8. All great discussions not related to this thread. I will start a new thread and maybe a moderator can do some of their magic and parse out all the GH discussion into the new thread. (A moment please while I check the search function for an existing thread)
  9. I enjoy it. It is not a pilot's aircraft, you don't fly anything, you are a mission manager. That mission is way more important and valuable than what I did in the Herk, and for me that satisfies my pilot machismo. Any unhappy global hawk pilot either misses being in the air or is frustrated by the air frame's newness and lack of standards and doesn't enjoy getting to establish the future of high altitude ISR. I start defensive because I recognize it is unpopular to not love flying here. For anyone who is tired of the grind deploying to CENTCOM, the RQ-4 won't be giving the good deals t
  10. It rotates based on which unit is doing the "large" centcom deployment, but realistically that only applies to LR and Dyess and both share the good and bad times. Who knows about Yokota cause it is new and Ramestein is a different animal with their longer TDYs and no centcom deployments. PCS lengths are similar to other airframes, no differences. Call it 3-4 years currently. Disclaimer: I left the Herk a year ago to fly the RQ-4 cause California and Italy deployments while sleeping in my own bed every night was more appealing than Texas, Afghanistan and overnights to Pope. I'm giv
  11. C-130J 1.Ops Tempo/Deployment goodtimes are 3 day tdy once a month and 4 month deployments every two years badtimes are no off stations, one local a week and a deployment every year 2. Lifestyle/ Family Stability nno problem at all. Some night flights but not too terrible 3. Community morale highly dependent on squadron...make it good and it will be good 4. Advancements & Future of the airframe sSlow progression compared to other AMC assets, not a good hours builder for the airlines. That being said, the flying is more fun th
  12. I guess I will take that 15 year mortgage for the win. i used to invest my BAH overage in mutual funds but I guess now it is going into realestate. Especially now that I can price gouge all the military renters who rent from me when I PCS. ...talk about unintended consequences. Do any economists work for the government or are they just guessing?
  13. On a similar note, can I refinance my mortgage so the monthly payment matches the max allotment? I mean I know I can, but in that way would one avoid giving any BAH back to the man.
  14. i.o.w.a


    My wife has had a usaa managed fund and we have since moved it to vanguard. In the good years 2013-2014 it was worse than the index funds and in the overall bad year 2015 it was even with the index funds. The experience basically proved to me that manages funds are never a good investment, that everything you read is true. Low expense index funds are the way to go, and you don't get those at USAA.
  15. The discussion got close to this but I'm hoping someone could dumb it down for me. I'd like my future child to get my Post 9/11 benefits, but I'd like to start my 4 year ADSC clock now so it will run concurrent with the UPT commitment. If I transfer everything to my wife, it will start the clock now. Then in two years, I can move the benefit to my child "for free" as re-allocating does not incur additional commitment. Thus avoiding a transfer ADSC that extends beyond my UPT commitment, keeping my options open. Does this sound like a reasonable plan, or more like a scam? Hopefully someo
  16. Well I definitely let airman snuffy tell me NO and moved on. I wasn't going to be able to contribute much past the usual 18K so I didn't miss much. Well interesting to hear it was automatic for some. I guess advice for the next guy is be on the lookout cause finance may be incompetent... news to everyone I'm sure.
  17. Just putting this here to help out the crowd... If you deploy and want to take advantage of the increased TSP contribution limits, it is a difficult process. I tried and failed to do so but bottom line is finance will still cap you at the normal annual limit even if deployed. There is no easy/automatic increase to the contribution limit for the CZTE pay. My advice is front load your contributions in the year you deploy, as you will probably miss out on some months as the paperwork goes through allowing additional contributions. Has anyone contributed beyond the usual $18,000 durin
  18. Judging by your screen name and the fact that a $625K home is a fixer upper in your market, I assume you have some financial awareness. So I will humbly disagree that a VA loan beats a full 20% down... ... a VA funding fee of 2.15%(if first time for VA loan) that goes straight to the bank, is roughly $13K of wasted money, money that could have been yours in a down payment. Additionally, your monthly payment is going to be $500 a month higher minimizing your investment options. So while the market can go up or down, there are very few situations where a VA loan at that price makes sense. I
  19. Hell, I'll help defend the J-baby copilot troll. Kilgore and Herkasaurus, if the new SQ/CC's and Wing/CC's are awesome "let's get dirty" tac airlifters, why is it too much to ask to be led to JOAX, and led to JRTC, why are they always kicking and screaming when we send our tails there to get good training? (Whether JRTC is good training can be debated another day.) I'd love it if the next time I flew with someone in leadership they would pull GPS cb's on Ship Solution 2 and make me do an OAP update, show me how to juice up a sortie so the skills don't die on the vine. I agree we blame leade
  20. Thanks for the replies. Being married with no kids we still feel the pull of the nightlife and don't want to get too far away from that despite liking the looks of a lot of the stuff up in Penn/Grass Valley. With all the space south of base and north of Lincoln I feel like there has to be a gem hidden somewhere in there...we'll keep looking. And I will officially stop considering Linda as it appears no one has anything good to say about it.
  21. Moving on to Beale and looking for some up to date opinions about where to live. I want the amenities of living in Lincoln but don't want to drive 35 minutes to work everyday. Is there hope that places like Wheatland or Marysville aren't as sad as they sound or am I condemned to the commute?
  22. Hey runnerdm6, you don't need a TS, you just need your reinvestigation started. Your outprocessing paperwork that requires a Security Manager signature should have that written pretty clearly some where so take a look for that and don't take MPF's word. If you already turned in a printed E-QIP to your wing security manager, that means they just have to review it and finalize it with you before they finalize and that is all that needs to happen in-order to PCS. They will give you a signed and finalized SF2586 and that is your ticket. Bottomline, MPF is not the authority on the status of yo
  23. I am the security manager for my squadron and paperwork that was submitted for Top Secret took 11 months to finalize this last year, Secret was only about 5 or 6. The same freeze on re-investigations that happened last year is again happening this year, so assume the delay will be the same or worse with the additional back log. So unless it has been longer than a year, I wouldn't worry.
  24. Guineapig, why don't you like a draft? For arguments sake, the article mentions what sounds like a valid idea, if a draft puts a larger cross section of society in the military, congress is less likely to send us into harms way to solve other country's problems. Sounds like a good thing to me.
  25. 53rd - done 50th - 12 crew, TFI type unit flying guard planes 61st - J 41st - J That's what I heard.
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