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  1. Chida

    Was flying for the Air Force worth it?

    For my part: AD was the biggest bait and switch imaginable. 1. Go thru USAFA: get UPT. Good deal 2. Go thru UPT: get good assignment. 3. Get to 1st duty: big FU. The attitude I received from management was “Thank god you’re done with that flying bs. Yeah, sure, you gotta maintain currency and, of course, upgrades, and all that other bs, but the main thing is YOUR CAREER!” Zero regard for service or mission. In fact, had a DO, later an OG, initials AM, who specifically advised me that deploying for OIF was a fool’s errand. It was his specific counsel that I should not deploy in order to work on my “career”. With solidly mid-level managers like this, seemingly throughout the service, is there any hope? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. You’ll meet the next reserve or guard promotion board as long as there’s no break in service. You can get on Mypers to see the schedule of boards. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. If I'm on the promotion list as an ANG officer, then prior to pinning-on, transfer to an AFRES billet (i.e. quit the guard and affiliate as a SELRES or PIRR), does AFRC promote me on my effective date (i.e. 7 yrs TIG)? Anyone have a reg reference or personal tale?
  4. Scrolled=get your name on the list (scroll) that goes to Congress for Reserve commission approval. It used to be that the MPF would just give you a reserve commission based on converting your Regular commission, if you had one, or if not, then you obviously were a reserve officer on EAD and thus already had a reserve commission. Around the 2006 timeframe, all officers on EAD had their commissions converted from reserve to regular. And then the SECDEF came out with a policy that Regular officers had to get congressional approval to pick up a reserve commission if they transfer from the Active component to a Reserve component. Congress signs the scroll every quarter. So you need to get with an in-service reserve or guard recruiter to get your name on the scroll as soon as possible because it could take ~4 months for you to be approved for a reserve commission. I don't know how long the scroll is valid, but that should be step 1 for anyone who is about to separate. Once you are scrolled, you can separate and activate your reserve commission the next day and thus have no break in service. Why do you care about avoiding a break in service? The main reason for a 2x passed over regular officer is promotion. The rules state that to meet a board, you must have at least 1 year of continuous service (regular list and reserve active status list). So if you have a break in service when you switch to ARC, you will not meet the next promotion board in the ARC which occurs in the following year, which means your board will be your 2nd year in the reserve (because you will then have had 1 year of continuous service on the reserve active status list). BLAB (bottom line at the bottom): scroll now or you will get less money.
  5. I did something similar. I paid for it myself and then a month or two later when everything was established, I drove over to the hotel with one of the comptroller girls, she swiped the unit card, and the hotel refunded me.
  6. I once worked for a contract outfit that had a training bond of 1 year for initial qual and 6 months for a refresher. The reason was because the owner (retired Army) was tired of his employees going to work for his competition. In theory, one could be under a perpetual bond. The only escape was to refuse or have an excuse to delay training, to avoid acquiring a new training bond. It seems this is now the setup with regular AF.
  7. Chida

    And Yet Another Deadline Missed

    Healthcare costs depend on the airline. At the airlines I’ve been, healthcare premiums ranged from 0 to 80 per month. One paid my Tricare Reserve Select premiums. One has retiree health insurance which pretty much torpedoes the whole “stay in for the healthcare!” argument. So to sum up: depends on the company.
  8. Chida


    There’s confusion on this subject because there are two disability ratings that one might receive. One is post-AD from the VA. The other is an in-service disability rating given by the DOD as a result of the Medical Review Board, which may or may not lead to a disability retirement. The two are totally separate processes.
  9. Chida

    ANG to AFRES Questions

    Disregard what I said above: I was thinking about the reverse transfer, ie AFRES to ANG. What the reg says is in AFI 36-2005, 6.2. Practically speaking, you'll need only a 1288, but then the medical folks will want you to have some kind of statement saying you're fit for further service. Traditionally, this was on a Form 422, but you'll have to ask the gaining medical people what they want or need, plus consult with the gaining recruiter. The gaining recruiter is who will help you with initiating the 1288, so after you have a promise of hire from the squadron, your next stop should be the recruiter that services that squadron's area. After that, you'll work with your losing and gaining MPF to help the 1288 along the way. No doubt they'll want all manner of documents from you.
  10. Chida

    ANG to AFRES Questions

    Get a DD368 from your losing mpf. Initiate 1288. Do a form 24. Process takes about 2 months.
  11. Just got my final LES for CY17 and still have old flight pay rates.
  12. We are now over 2 months into the new FY and still no comms about this. Any DSG or TR see the increase in flight pay on their LES, yet?
  13. Question for medical folks. I have been told and I have read (in newsletters from ARPC and the medical community) an unattributed saying which is repeated quite regularly such that no one questions it. That saying is "You must be in a military status to use the MTF." I do not believe this is correct nowadays. The reason is because I have Tricare Reserve Select regardless of my military status, something that was not possible before around 2005 or so. TRS is basically Tricare Standard and people on Tricare *can* use the MTF on a space-available basis. How is it determined if space is available? No one can tell me that either. Their go-to is that space is unavailable. Easier to say "no" than to actually have to do something. So any docs or clinicians that can help me out with this and give me AFI references to support these two aphorisms, I'll appreciate it.
  14. Just got my first LES for FY18 (in which I did FY18 duty) and no increase to flight pay. Also no communication about this from anyone. Just one more thing for me to have to track down and take care of. ANG btw.
  15. Chida

    PRF Recommendations

    Write a pretty darn good PRF based on their Navy records. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk