[quote]To minimize confusion in this post, I will combine the terms transsexual(ism) and transgender(ism) to just "trans" and "trans-ism." These terms are still relatively new and have not yet been fully defined, especially due to their many similarities.
Various interest groups and political leaders have begun to investigate the policies of denying trans personnel from joining the US Military, the administrative separati
What do you want from the Medical Group? You probably only want two things: good healthcare when you need it, and to be left the hell alone when you don't. Both of these things can only exist with good communication, something the Air Force generally lacks in great quantities. There will be many times when you really need to talk to somebody about the results of a test, the documentation from an off-base visit, or the status of a special duty application. There will also be times that the MDG wa
I remember looking at the different physical standards from the 40's of the Army Air Corps, then the transition to post-Vietnam and finally to the 21st Century. I thought of how very difficult Basic Training must have been for the first generation of Airmen, and how it continued to ease as we converted to a more highly information based and socially aware military.
My flight wasn't kicked or punched if we give the instructor attitude. My flight usually got at least 5 hours of sleep every nigh
Everyone that gets a hearing test always asks the same thing--"What do all these numbers mean?" There are plenty of educational aids, but many get too detailed or they don't empower the reader with enough real information.
This is the best pamphlet and graphic I have ever seen that concisely answers this question. This is also one of the best training videos I have ever seen regarding hazardous noise/noise-induced hearing loss. Great for a less boring training day.
There's plenty of other stuf
Below is a list of publicly available regulations that are worth knowing exist. You do not need to read or ever actually download any of these, but again, you might need to someday, or your boss/wingman/troop might need to be pointed in the right direction.
This only covers medically relevant regulation within the 4X series, and a few more from 10, 11, and 36. Obviously, there is more, but these are the major ones.
AFI 10-203 | DUTY LIMITING CONDITIONS | 25 Jun 2010
AFI 10-250 | INDIVID
This entry is for personnel already in the Air Force, not applicants.
Frequently, you may feel that nobody in the MDG is doing what they should be doing for you.
You submitted a clearance request X days ago and got no response or you need a copy of your records but nobody is giving you a good answer on the delay or you need to complete a specialty clinic consult but it's still unapproved/unpaid.
You have a few options, but I recommend we start at the bottom. The good ol' PDG has some gre
The PCM sees 20+ patients in clinic EACH DAY; the Nurse has 30+ requests/consults EACH DAY. The technician is part secretary and good ones help their PCM's stay informed and prioritized. Sadly, this rarely happens.
The PCM is horrendously overworked and "good" care for their empanellment size requires 70+ hour work week in clinic (seeing patients and doing admin work) and then go home and read or research cases there too. Most are just overworked and punch out after around 50 hrs/wk. Many pat
This post is meant to do two things:
Empower the applicant to know what the fuck they actually need
Get the paperwork done
The Air Force is an enormous organization that is buried in red tape, and the Medical Group is among the worst. Obviously other career fields are in the same boat, however Medical is unifying in that everybody has to contact somebody in the Medical Group for some reason at least once a year.
To reliably get anything done, you need to be the one to initiate it. Only o
Among the most widely used and unquestioningly great excuses you could ever give for delays or tardiness in the modern Air Force (or likely any time since the Air Force existed) is "Medical is screwing up." Anytime your boss could doubt you, you can effortlessly say, "TSgt Awesome Pants was on leave so I had to work with A1C Snuffy who had no idea what the fuck he was doing and we ended up calling some other office and they're supposed to call me back later. It's such a dumb process anyway; I do
These are examples of real patients I've had: the Patient-- Gets a special-duty OCONUS assignment with a unique medical requirement. Patient didn't get the correct paperwork from some other office in the MDG several months ago, but knowingly (re: lazily) sat on that knowledge and did nothing until <14 days from their RNLTD, then called my office freaking out. Asks for a medical clearance <48 hours from the Vol By closeout when the position ad has been posted for >60 days. "Needs" a Fl
This past weekend I attended the AOPA Summit in Tampa. I saw the list of forum topics and had eyed a few that I wanted to attend - however, in the end I spent all of my time in the exhibit hall.
The summit was nicely put together and the Tampa Convention Center was a great (upscale) venue to hold this event.
The exhibit hall was gigantic and had the usual booths such as Sportys, Pilot Mall, Garmin, Jepp, ERAU, etc. Additionally, the FAA was well represented - I spoke at length with the f
Took our last test yesterday and passed with flying colors! I know I haven't updated this in a while, but everything's been going very well. I'll finally get to do a job...and on the second try! Graduation is later today and i'll head back up to California.
Had our tower "test" this past thursday...I passed with flying colors! Our whole class, in fact, did very well. Not quite as hard as pilot training stuff, but still had to work at it, nonetheless. Moving on to radar lecture for about a week and then in the radar sim for a couple weeks. It's supposed to be harder, so should be great!
On another note, does anyone still read this stuff?
Tower sims are going good so far. I'm not doing too bad...just some minor mistakes here and there. I'm actually finding it pretty fun! We have our practical application test at the end of next week or beginning of the week after. I'm pretty positive i'll do ok as of right now. We'll see!
Took our second test this past friday...passed with a 93! Getting into the tower sim this week...should be tough, but fun! Spent a good portion of the weekend going over phraseology and stuff. Good times!
Had our first test today and I passed with a stellar grade...almost 100, but not quite! I'm pretty proud: it's a much better start than what I had at pilot training! I'll have to keep it up though...it doesn't get any easier. Getting into tower stuff this week and hittin the sim at the end of the week. Should be a good time.
Just wanted to shoot out a quick update to keep you all informed as to the latest warp-speed changes going on here at the Baseops Network.
If you are a frequenter of these forums, you probably noticed we upgraded/changed our forums software. We now are running the latest (and greatest?) version of Invision Power Board. There were a few growing pains / glitches in the transition. Unfotunately, it was bad timing when I chose the same few days to upgrade the forums as well as stand up the
First week down...though I wouldn't consider it a week since we had Friday off. All the trainees here get every other Friday off, called a compressed work schedule. So far, the material isn't too bad. Went through the basics this past week: the FARs, rules and regs, etc. Getting into weather this coming week, and then the tower sims the following week! It all seems pretty cool!
So, after staying for a few days with family in Dallas and a couple days with a buddy in Pensacola, finally arrived at Keesler AFB. Mississippi is a "different" place! It's nice and hot/humid down here, but so far, not too bad. I'm ready to start class on Monday, so until then, just exploring the area and getting my bearings. I'll keep updating as stuff happens!
Headed out Saturday for Dallas, and then Keesler. Everything was going fine when I heard a strange noise...my tire had blown! It wasn't too bad, but it happened just west of Flagstaff, AZ and we weren't going to stop until we hit Albuquerque! Well, put on the donut and pressed on. I was feeling good, so I pushed the speed up, eventually getting to 80mph. Is that safe? Who knows, but we made it. Anyway, got 4 new tires this morning so all is good for the drive to Keesler. I'm actually goi
So, found out today that I definitely will be heading off to Keesler next week. Just to clarify, it was unclear whether I would be going next week or next month. It's a good thing...will be getting started doing something, finally. Short post, I know...nothing new beyond that.