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  1. To give them some credit, the Italian Army CSAR detachment actually had some pretty good organic capabilities (but not great range, since their attack helos can't AR). MV-22s are interesting and have great range/speed once they get rolling, but I'm not sold on them being a great solution (MX in particular).
  2. Against a high-end adversary, be prepared for a truly robust CSAR task force or get ready to go non-conventional. If you can't bring a HH-60 in, I doubt you'll want to fly a C-130 overhead to drop the flying Uber out the back.
  3. It may actually be the system working correctly. Leadership sits down and discusses who deserves awards based on what their people did over the quarter/year, then documents it on paper. That's got to be better than doling out awards based on who can write the most polished bullets ("you don't get awards, your 1206s get awards"). In units that did that, I usually saw the ADOs draft the 1206s for flt/ccs, and the DO or CC did the FGO 1206s.
  4. Mypers shows the last update point on their timeline was at the USecAF office in late January. ... government efficiency at it's finest.
  5. Quite the cvr in the links.
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    Gun Talk

    Not sure I follow. You have a M&P 15-22 that you want to convert?...to what? For cheap optics, I'd probably look at Primary Arms or Holosun. They seem to get decent reviews.
  7. True, but I think whoever was looking at it from HAF (if anyone) probably bit off on the flattening of the bonus vs takers chart at the $30-40k mark. That would indicate that above that amount, the bonus will sway fewer people per dollar added. It would still keep getting more takers through $100k, but the "efficiency" of bonus money goes down above that $30-40k mark. The AF is calling it a crisis, but still wants to pay as little as possible, even if that means prolonging the crisis and losing more experience along the way. Based on the ACTF Reddit AMA, it's because the AF is too afraid to ask Congress to up the bonus to the RAND results. (Left unsaid is that they won't even pay people the full flight-pay amount because reasons...?)
  8. To be fair, the RAND study did show a drop off in added retention above $30-40k. You get the most people to stay by giving $100k, but you still get a bunch of those at $30-40k. That said, if this was really a "crisis" to Big Blue, HAF would still ask for the $100k to keep the most people--that they don't have the guts/desire to even ask says something.
  9. Yeah, I've seen maybe 1/6th of the promised improvements (cutting of CBTs was noticed, but moving additional duties to the CSS which is also staffed mainly by aircrew didn't do much). The bonus is also right back to what it had been for my AFSC, but the civilian airline opportunities are dramatically greater than 5 yrs ago... Seems more like lip service sts than a response to a real crisis.
  10. Some airlines are starting rotary-wing transition programs...so, I'd expect help take rates to start declining, if that keeps up...
  11. The general seems to be waking up early every day to think about this. ..but Neither flight pay nor the bonus will increase. (Blame Congress, except for the flight pay--Big AF apparently needs to make it look like we are trying to save money even though Congress allowed us money to help this very problem!) Those QoL improvements are still mostly unspecified Manning in all the cited communities looks decent on the spreadsheets The complaints about feeling valued via promotion, recognition, support, etc mostly went unanswered
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    Gun Talk

    Other than IL or some of the liberal coastal states, most don't have any kind of ownership permit or registration process. Please don't think of IL gun laws as "normal," sensible, or effective. They are none of the above.
  13. False. Only certain AFSCs get the full $35k/yr. Helo pilot bonuses have decreased the past two years, and are back to $25k/yr, for example.
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