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Everything posted by Bergman

  1. I Palace Chase'd about 18 months ago. I've got a few points for you to ponder: 1) The functional manager will most likely NOT recommend Palace Chase. I talked to mine directly and he made no qualms about telling me that. Of course, this was in a rated career field. It might be easier for non-rated types to leave. The bottom line is, I was approved for Palace Chase even though my functional manager and his boss both recommended disapproval. 2) Before your package (STS) gets to the functional manager/AFPC, it has to leave the Wing. In my interview with the WG/CC (he met with anyone applying for this sort of thing), he told me that he was only supporting my application because I already had an ANG UPT slot arranged (and a letter from my ANG WG/CC to prove it). If you're just trying to leave with no cross over to the ANG, it might be difficult if not impossible. 3) Even though I did get the Palace Chase, it was only for 6 months early release (kinda like from prison!). I was told by the Palace Chase people at AFPC that 4-6 months is the longest time to request with any hope of getting approved. Of course, individual results may vary. You know the AF - as the people change every 2 years, the policies change!
  2. Leadership at the 'Deid

    I'm headed over there soon. Have been told that the Sq/CC is a typical clown act more interested in making O6 than actually taking care of the crews. Anecdotal evidence verifies....Was forwarded a lengthy email directly from said clown concerning approved patches and hat wear. Focusing on the important stuff apparently. SMH. edit to add: have been told they are using 8 hour show-time windows for crews now. Apparently the way we've done it for 15 years wasn't good enough for this guy so they're re-inventing the wheel.
  3. AFPC functionals and leadership

    Meh, fuck 'em. If he's pissed enough, maybe they'll kick you out and you'll be happier at the airlines 5 years sooner. An OG getting butt hurt about something like this, and the fact you're fearful of reprisal, is messed up. Totally believable, but just plain wrong. SMH. We need better O-6s and above.
  4. RIP Doc

    Where Are the Heroes
  5. RIP Doc

    Possibly flying a SU-27
  6. Flight Pay increases

    Crazy talk, indeed. Just doing my part to help solve this retention crisis...
  7. Flight Pay increases

    Truth. Air Force circa 1985-1990 sounds about right for starters. All airline talk aside, if the AF was serious about using money to aid retention, they would have doubled the previous aviator bonuses. $1000/mo increase would at least get people's attention. Edit to add: OBTW, give ARC guys the full flight pay whether they fly or not that month, just like AD. End this pro-rating the flight pay to a daily rate bullshit.
  8. Flight Pay increases

    I've met a few guys who are making that kind of money, but if we are being honest they are very, very senior in their category and also work their asses off. I'm a commuter that only works 12-15 days a month at the airline due to ANG commitments (I know, I know...I need to retire already), and I don't do any short-notice premium pay flying, so that's where my $200k number came from. The captain I flew with last week mentioned he made $180k/year working 8 days a month. Buys his own first class tickets to get to/from work and doesn't have a care in the world. I want to be like that guy!
  9. Flight Pay increases

    Hell yeah, a $160/month raise?!?! Screw that $200,000/year airline job now!! All sarcasm aside, its a step in the right direction but honestly a drop in the bucket, and likely the wrong bucket at that. Let's work on decent leadership and looking out for your people.
  10. Oh wow. This will end well, I'm sure. Guys who are topped out at O-5 with over 20, with an outside airline gig, who are just staying around (losing money!) to fly the mission and teach the young guys, are going to bail in droves. Probably 20% of my squadron fits this demographic, and I promise you none of us will do a 6 month deployment.
  11. North Korea at it again

    Tell your brother to get his shit together and start pulling his weight for the family!
  12. Finance Problems

    Shack. I've used this many times and it works. Stay polite (don't give up the moral high ground!) but don't leave until you get some concrete answers from someone who knows WTF they are talking about.
  13. Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity by finishing the quote.
  14. joining ANG

    Echo what Evil said. Will add that yes, you can apply to any ANG/AFRES unit you want. Most people send apps to several units, if not every single unit. It helps to have local ties or a logical reason why you are applying at that unit, as most units have been burned by the guy who applies, gets hired, then bolts for his hometown unit 6.9 months after finishing training. Not sure that a huge amount of flight time beyond PPL is all that big a factor, at least at my unit. Soloing and having a license show aptitude. The AF can teach the rest. More important is not being a dick. The AD boards are all about scores and GPA but in my experience the ANG is much more concerned with personality and fit.
  15. I don't know a single RC-135 EWO that has struggled to find a comparable salary job on the outside. Even the guys that got RIFd a few years ago. Many of these guys are just as highly trained as pilots. The training pipeline is probably longer honestly. They just don't have the airline pull. But they do have striped polo shirts, leather weave belts, velcro shoes, and cell phone holsters. So they've got that going for them.
  16. Hope you had fun during that casual year! Because it looks like you blew about $10k a month doing it! hahaha. That's a shitload of hookers and blow. Or so I've heard.
  17. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Now THIS is what's right with the Air Force. Finally. This guy gets it.
  18. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Haha! This is 100% accurate for me actually, although I did buy the Porsche very used. You forgot the part about "...and only working 13-14 days a month." Shack on your retention and "not the same Air Force" comments.
  19. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    I agree with RTB. One additional point to consider is that even though Delta started hiring first, I believe they are also the only one to hire consistently. Since January 2014 it's been a pretty steady 80-100/mo average.
  20. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Fact. I flew with a senior Mad Dog Captain who made north of $550,000 last year FWIW. There is an 88 FO making close to $400,000 every year - but he works at it to the point that maneuvering his schedule is its own cottage industry.
  21. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Yes. I have ended up with a 6-9 day block of days off every month this calendar year, and I haven't even asked for it most months. It is completely feasible to bid a regular line of 14-15 days in a row working and then have the rest of the month off. BUT you will likely not have your choice of trips during that time and will also need trips with 30 hour layovers to meet the FAA rest rules (yeah, those 30 hour layos are a real bitch!! Go water skiing at your buddies place...go wine tasting across Napa...hike a national park...go deep sea fishing. This airline gig SUCKS sometimes. bwah hahahaha) Anyway, probably the best part of an airline gig is it is a "pick your own adventure" setup. If you want to make a lot of money, fine...go work your ass off. If you want to work the minimum days a month...awesome. Fly big jets but have a crappy schedule? Go for it! The only limiting factor is seniority, which is why we are all preaching to get hired ASAP. From there, anything is possible honestly.
  22. I remember seeing a shitload of those at KRND in 95.
  23. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    The Sport of Kings!