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On 12/7/2017 at 9:45 AM, drewpey said:

Not this one.  8-4 days, long-range work...no constantly putting out fires.  It's a good deal in terms of family life otherwise I wouldn't be posting it here.  For career progression and filling an OPR it can be challenging, hence the reaching out to other Nellis units to help out part time.

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Anyone done this lately? I read up a bit on it today, seemed like I had to have all the paperwork done just to submit the application, i.e. having my CC sign off on releasing me if I got accepted. Not sure I want to jump through those hoops until I'm actually offered a position I would accept.

Also, time line? I saw someone post that they were back on AD in a few months after applying. I'm probably not ready to go back for another 6-9 months, if the right job or location was offered.

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I applied twice (once for a sq/cc job I was competitively selected for) and was denied release by the Afrc/cv. 11F

When they denied me the second time, I dropped retirement paperwork that day. So they lost yet another 11F....in this case one who was actually willing to continue serving. 

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2 hours ago, Termy said:

I applied twice (once for a sq/cc job I was competitively selected for) and was denied release by the Afrc/cv. 11F

When they denied me the second time, I dropped retirement paperwork that day. So they lost yet another 11F....in this case one who was actually willing to continue serving. 

Un. Fucking. Believable!  Although, I'm not sure why this surprises me.  What a fucking dumpster fire!  Did you send AFRC/CV an e-mail saying thanks for making your retirement decision easy?  

Best of luck in the next chapter.

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6 hours ago, Termy said:

I applied twice (once for a sq/cc job I was competitively selected for) and was denied release by the Afrc/cv. 11F

When they denied me the second time, I dropped retirement paperwork that day. So they lost yet another 11F....in this case one who was actually willing to continue serving. 

How did you know what jobs you were applying for? Or did you just put a list of jobs you wanted and locations?

I haven't actually looked at the application yet, just read through the details online.

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The first time I applied for the afrotc det/cc board and was selected. I thought Afrc would be thrilled for the representation not to mention everyone had told me for years to do awc, get a masters, deploy and command. (I’ve done all but command) 

Second time  I applied for a rated staff job I knew had vacancies. 

If you know what you want, tell them. If you want to see what’s available apply and afpc will give you a call. The whole process takes an incredible four months. Amazingly, the process goes through Afpc for all the staff work before Afrc decides if they are going to release you. It was pretty embarrassing to have some great people at Randolph spend a lot of hours staffing all of this only to have Afrc say no. Twice. 

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Termy,  

What a short-sighted decision on AFRC's part!  They could have had the best recruiting officer for free.  And, it hurts the AD as they can't get enough rated bubbas in those seats at a time they are plussing up rated accessions.  You think a non-rated commander knows exactly what to say to a ROTC cadet to encourage them to go rated?   

In a weird, alternative universe kind of way, it appears to be easier to go VLPAD as a Guard bubba.  I'm currently a ROTC Det CC on a VLPAD tour.  We get our "release" up front when the TAG (The Adjutant General of our state) approves the letter that is required on our application for the program.  So, once AFPC approves, we are a go. Sorry to rub it in, but just pointing this out for any other Guard bubbas who see this thread later.  Anyone interested in the process can PM me. 

No complaints from me on the VLPAD program.  Results may vary depending on the assignment though! 

Cheers, Wes    

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Already posted in this thread earlier.  Yes, transition from Guard to VLPAD was pretty easy looking back.  Currently back flying a platform I flew AD 10 years ago.  Weird that Reserve guys are having issues since technically those of us on VLPAD are Reserve officers on EAD.

Good news for me in regards to VLPAD is I crossed the 20 year AD days point this past Tuesday.  Paycheck of month club is now guaranteed.  Of course I owe much credit to my former Guard unit as I was able to obtain over 3 years AD time over the last 5 years.  This after being kicked out of AD in 2011 as an O-4 with almost 16 years.  The next 2 years of my EAD tour plus my my IDT time in the Guard are 7.5% gravy at max 0-5 pay.

Bad news is I’m currently on a 2 day notice, non-vol 30-60 day TDY.  Yes, VLPAD info says no deployments unless you volunteer but a SIB isn’t considered a deployment.  So if you have any safety stink on you beware.

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Anyone know if consecutive (3 year 1 day) VLPAD opportunities exist?  What about the likelihood of being able to fade back into the Guard/Reserve post VLPAD commitment (preferably AGR)?  I figure there are many unknowns considering this program is still in its infancy. 

I’m in an AGR billet at a unit top heavy on O4s/O5s. Love my unit and my job, but due to force management reasons I’m the most qualified (24 yrs TAFMS) to have to pack up and go in order to give breathing room for the others. 

I’m partial to the area I’m at and there’s a high probability I can stick around and work for a “neighboring” AD component under a VLPAD drug deal. 

Its but one option for me, but only buys me half the time I’m hoping to continue to serve.  Ultimately I’d like to retire high three at 30.  This lines up perfectly with the AvB commitment (6 years) I recently applied for (and at this point seemed to have been approved up through NGB).  

I’ll close with my opening questions.  Chances of consecutive VLPADS?  (Thinking highly unlikely.)  Odds the Guard (or Reserve) will take me back for a three year finale finish?? (Thinking depends.)

Other options include T10/Stat tours, applying for other AGR positions outside the local area/state however they begin to throw off my work/life balance (wife’s job, kids in high school, etc.) 

 

 

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