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  1. Bergman

    Visiting a unit

    While doing so likely wouldn't kill your chances, personally I'd give her $10 and tell her to head to Starbucks until you were done. What could you possibly gain from having your wife with you while informally interviewing with a unit (which is exactly what this will be)? She'll just get bored after the first 6-9 minutes and get the glazed eyeball look going, you'll feel bad, then rush out of there before you've had a chance to interact. Get hired first, then if you feel like it bring her and the rest of the family by the squadron to make sure it's a good fit for everyone before signing on the dotted line. IMHO.
  2. I have seen two guys attend full-time MBA courses in the last 4 years. Both were guard bums and made it work; their spouses were fully on-board with the time and financial sacrifices necessary and it has worked out well for them. I believe they both used the Post-9/11 GI Bill to make it happen. They would fly in the evenings or on days they didn't have class, and take trips in between semesters.
  3. Rainman was right 99% of the time, but I think on this one he missed the boat. IMHO you'd have to be an idiot to go AD right now. Those dudes have no control over their lives for the next 12 years. With the current AD USAF mindset and deployment rate, that would be a miserable existence - provided you even made it to an actual airplane and not an RPA. Beyond that, and despite what Butters may say, right now is just the beginning of the most robust airline pilot hiring in history. ARC bubbas can still serve in the military yet retain the ability to get a decent additional/follow-on career much, much sooner. Advice to OP: It's a time-proven formula...pick the unit that you think meets your needs and will be around the longest, and enlist in the unit. MX or something in Ops seems to work best (70% of our pilot hires are either crew chiefs or boom operators, 20-30% off the street civilians and 0-10% other areas from base). Be good at whatever job you end up in. Have a good attitude. Go out of your way to meet the pilots and express an interest to them. Go get your pilot's license. Take the AFOQT and do well. Go to college on the GI Bill. Start applying during your last semester and hope for the best.
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    Gen Welsh - USAF Chief of Staff

    I would argue those points with you. I don't disagree that you (A1) are using "facts" to make these decisions. I would argue, as others have stated as well, that these "facts" (i.e. performance vs. peers, career progression, etc) are based on a fundamentally flawed system that favors box-checking ass kissers much more so than the people out there legitimately getting the job done. What process was used to determine who got the axe? OPRs? Squadron Commander rating? The bottom 10% on paper were cut, but that doesn't necessarily equate to the under-performers. The former-USAF folks I've seen flow to the airlines have been outstanding. My empirical evidence would suggest that they certainly are not the bottom 10% ya'll were aiming for. I sincerely believe the USAF is well into a pilot manning crisis and the guys running the show don't even realize it yet. As usual.
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    The Foglesong Thread

    At least the class will be able to remember who their guest speaker was. Of course, just because you're memorable doesn't mean you're good.
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    New Air Force One

    What I don't understand is how the program rings up at $1.7 Billion for 2 jets...$850 million each. Boeing lists the price of a standard 747-8 at just under $358 million. I find it hard to believe that the A/R receptacle and other "mission mods" cost enough to more than double the cost.
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    Aviation jokes

    Hey all, some coworkers and I are putting on a skit (of sorts) tomorrow night and I will be playing the stereotypical pilot role...entirely too self centered and arrogant. What I need is some good one-liners...something along the lines of "What's the difference between God and an Air Force pilot? God can't fly jets!" bwah hahaha. Anyway, you get the point. So...fire away! I know there's gotta be some good stuff out there.
  8. Do your best to not mention the 4000+ hours at UPT.
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    Gen Welsh - USAF Chief of Staff

    You can't help but like this guy. If he can get rid of the managers and find some leaders, I'll be all-in.
  10. It took me a couple of years in the ANG to fully appreciate this, but it is a difference in perspective people on AD will never know. I fell into that trap as well. The AD thrives off squeezing every ounce out of its people with the promise of future gains, at the expense of your family, friends, hobbies, and own well being. Is it worth it? In today's environment of no transparency or loyalty on the part of leadership, helllll no! At least with the airlines, they are contractually obligated to advance you in seniority order. There is no thinly veiled promise of being the next big thing. Just show up, do your job well, and go home. You'll get advancement in due time. Sounds like a good plan. After guard bumming for years, I can tell you that there's something to be said for slowing down to smell the roses. Especially after having your balls dragged through the dirt for years on AD.
  11. FWIW, I've seen projections that seniority at Delta will go up over 3000 numbers in 7 years. So by waiting, you'd be roughly 20% lower on the pilot list. Delta is just one example; I believe American and United will actually build seniority even faster.
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    Looking for noise complaint letter

    This is the type of douchebag that is only too happy to be rescued by the same helicopters when their sailboat sinks halfway to Catalina Island (or wherever).
  13. Bergman

    Kim Jong-un Assassinated?!?

    Well played. I only hope the new generation gets the reference....
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    Is Command becoming that undesirable?

    I agree with you. When me and a lot of my buddies came in, the goal was always O-5 and flying Sq/CC. That was, and still is in my book, the pinnacle. Anything beyond that is gravy. Imagine the good you could do for people and the USAF if you didn't give a shit about going beyond that! Somewhere along the way we have become infested with back stabbing dipshits who all think they are GO material (Rhat, Bence, et al).
  15. Lufthansa FA's to wear dirndls for Oktoberfest: https://www.yahoo.com/travel/lufthansa-flight-attendants-to-wear-sexy-dirndl-outfits-97159968527.html
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    Apology Letter to Finance

    The best way to deal with this type of thing is obviously face to face. If you aren't getting a reasonable solution or the attention you feel you deserve, my technique is to calmly and politely say something to the effect of "Hey, thanks a lot for your effort. I really appreciate it. Since I'm still having an issue, is there any way I can speak with your NCOIC?" And when that person is out for the week or can't resolve the issue, "May I please speak with your OIC?" There is no way this should have been submitted 10 times without a resolution. You will always catch more flies with honey than vinegar.
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    Upcoming Boards

    I may be going out on a limb here, but I don't think anyone actually calls it the Globemaster III. Especially the guys that fly them.
  18. Apparently the current crop of AAFES workers is nearing retirement age, so time to go stock up on fresh talent and get them trained up early. I read "rotational presence" to mean "permanently TDY units", just like they've been doing with the bombers in Guam for many years. We can all hope!
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    Leadership at the 'Deid

    Well shit! People must have started putting their flip flops/toes up on the salad bar again. It cracks me up that we can't wear sandals in the chow hall but the TCNs serving the food can have 69 flies sitting all over them. Which is more unsanitary?
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    The Yeager Thread

    Indeed. The Eagles left in 1996. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/116th_Air_Control_Wing
  21. Bergman

    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Well, alrighty then. Doctors successfully implant lab-grown vaginas into 4 women http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/04/10/doctors-successfully-implant-lab-grown-vaginas-into-4-women/?intcmp=obnetwork
  22. Make sure it gets into your book of stories! (if/when you ever write it...which you should)
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    Group Commander Feedback and Advice

    That video is MONEY. You absolutely MUST make the OG/CCs watch it. Put them in cages and play it 24/7 for days on end (a la survival school) until they really get it (sts) rather than just pay lip service. Because most of them don't get it. The idea of sacrificing yourself (i.e. your career, promotion, good assignment, etc) for someone else in order for them to feel "safe" (as he puts it) and be more effective in their job is nearly unheard of in my recent experience. How many posts have you read about OG/CCs and Sq/CCs selling out their people just to move their own career along? What is happening in todays AF is the exact opposite of what he is talking about in that video! And it needs to stop. Thanks for posting the link.
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    Dating and the Reserves

    Don't listen to those lunatics. This is a total non-issue. I could give an endless string of examples of Os and Es dating and getting married in the same unit, let alone different units! For example, a former wing commander who went on to 2 stars is married to the base's (then) command CMSgt.
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