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  1. I’m not 100% on their process, but to answer your question they’ll likely do a new window for the post-Dec classes. That won’t change anything on Pilot Credentials, but you’d have to do a new app on ICIMS or whatever that Southwest Careers page is called. I think it saves your previous app, so shouldn’t have to start from scratch at least. From what I can tell, whenever they open a window they’re targeting specific availability dates based on the classes they already have planned. As they expand classes or don’t offer enough CJOs or have people decline CJOs they might dip back into that pool of applicants to do another round of interviews, but when they announce more classes for later in the year there’ll be a new window since the previous one might have excluded people whose availability was a little later. FWIW when I got hired in 2017 there was just one big window and classes every month. The company says that’s their plan for 2022…I sure hope so.
  2. I’ve heard (but can’t verify) a new round of invites are going out from the previous window. Still doing 2x30-member classes in Dec, beyond that they’re either being tight lipped or don’t know, and that’s coming from a buddy on the hiring team. We do know they have ~250 of the final pilots out on the extended leave to bring back in Jan/Feb plus they’re trying to correct an imbalance by upgrading FOs, so wouldn’t be shocked if there are small (or no) numbers of new hires those months. Then by March it should be on like kong…so if all that guessing is right then I’d spitball the next window would maybe be in Nov. One thing that’s abundantly clear is they’re way understaffed currently for the schedules they want to run, so it’s a good bet there’ll be movement sooner than later!
  3. Ok this is actually helpful, now I see my disconnect. Never heard of Nicole Wallace, as I doubt most people have, and I’d be willing to bet even those who have don’t ascribe a whole lot of value to whatever random thought flutters out of her mouth. I’m more than comfortable claiming she doesn’t speak for half of “society,” so I see no need to project half-baked thoughts from her, any random talking head, or social media warriors to the majority at large, much less raise my blood pressure over it. Incidentally I’m curious how you came across that clip…were you consuming your daily MSNBC digest when her comments perked up your ears, or did a conservative media source happen to pluck an offensive comment out of the mediaverse to create, as one smart dude put it, “a mechanism to continue to centralize topics they wish to talk about, in a light they wish to cast them”…? I say give American society more credit. People are still (mostly) sane.
  4. I’m still unclear why you guys are triggered about Biles getting press. This isn’t some rookie the media anointed. I assume you’re unaware that she won 6 straight individual world championships leading into these. If Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt had withdrawn while favored to repeat I’d have also found that to be newsworthy at face value, not because of the invisible hand of some media overlord. To riff off the analogy a few posts back, I think this situation would be a little more like someone “quitting” BUDS for a medical after previously making it through #1 in their class 6 straight years. And if that actually happened we’d be sitting around going “damn, can you believe the run that dude had,” not whining about socialist participation trophies and cults of losers. Relax, the kids are alright.
  5. Any of you guys buddies with the Tinker OG by chance…? My understanding is she either had vertigo or a mental break, either of which is debilitating. I get that despite all the “awareness” in recent years, people continue to distill mental illness down to a lack of willpower, but if she suffered that then she didn’t quit any more than Theismann when his leg snapped. If there’s any group of people able to make that distinction it probably ought to be us in the military, but maybe there’s a reason why our suicide awareness training keeps getting expanded every year. Also, I don’t get all this heartburn with the GOAT stuff. I’ll go out on a limb and say it was cooked up in the marketing department at Nike or wherever. Could she have shot it down? I guess. But according to my Google search from 14 seconds ago, she’s won the most medals in international competition in the history of the sport…so objectively and literally she is the GOAT. I mean Tom Brady could throw a hissy fit and walk out of a game this season, but that doesn’t take away what he’s already accomplished. And he probably will too. F’ing Tom Brady…
  6. Well he did a massive favor for the pilots on their future airline interviews by providing pure story-time gold! “TMAAT you disagreed with a superior/demonstrated leadership/upheld flight safety…”
  7. His public LinkedIn profile picks up 10 years into his career, but basically yes: NAF Staff > Legislative Fellow > Special Asst. to STRATCOM CC > 2 total years in ops as Sq DO & Deployed Sq CC > NWC > HAF Staff > AFFSA Deputy CC > Celebrity
  8. The other reason commuting sucks aside from the 100% valid points above is I was caught a little off guard by how much time I’d lose putting together and then changing my commute plan. Different guys/gals put differing levels of concern into getting to work. For example, at SWA if you tell the schedulers that you tried to make a commute but got bumped for no fault of your own they’ll either let you rejoin your trip in progress, offer reassignment, or trip drop (no pay) without raising any eyebrows. Pretty sure most airlines have similar policies. But if it matters to be home on time you’re going to be tied to your phone all day or for a few days refreshing the latest delays, gates, loads, etc. It’s inevitable that you get delayed and miss your direct commute home, so now you’ve got to figure is it better to try for LAX-SLC-DEN with a long layover or can you Frankenstein an itinerary where LAX-SEA-DEN actually gets you in sooner with less chance of being bumped? Is it better to do 2 legs on company metal with more open seats or roll the dice with a lower jumpseat priority on a nearly-full direct OAL? And you’re trying to figure this stuff out while flying your trip. I’m getting myself all stressed just thinking up hypotheticals over here. That said, some people do it for decades, so I think as long as you have the right constitution for it (which clearly, I don’t), it’s manageable. Living and working between high-volume cities with numerous flights options (ie LAS-LAX) doesn’t hurt either. I’ve heard of one exception to what I just described (aside from Delta’s recent positive-space agreement), but I’m not smart on it: is it true FDX reimburses for positive space tickets on any pax carrier? If I were a long term commuter that’d be a game changer...
  9. The CA ANG is looking to hire for a traditional Guard Plans & Programs Officer position at the State HQ in Sacramento. O-3 or O-4, any AFSC, details below. Let me know if interested! POSITION DESCRIPTION: Headquarters level development of future plans, programs and strategic initiatives across five diverse Air Wings and mission sets. Three distinct lines of effort supporting Domestic Operations (T32), Air Force federal missions (T10) and Security Cooperation (SC) with partner nations. Utilize analytical skills to prioritize and develop initiatives promoting future ANG strategy, mission effectiveness, and alignment of resources. Extensive coordination between internal CA ANG organizations, Joint Force partners, State of California agencies, operational wings, NGB/ANGRC, supported MAJCOMS, and COCOMS. Research, reporting, and development of proposals and courses of action in support of CA ANG Commander priorities. Direct staff support to specific Wing initiatives and future plans development. Execution of force structure and basing actions at State level to optimize and build CA ANG capacity. Integration of all stakeholders into strategic initiatives to advance future effectiveness and capabilities of the California Air National Guard. NOTES: Some ability to remote/telework is anticipated based on evolving guidance. Access to reliable internet and voice communications required. Integration of future IT to enhance staff duties is planned. TDY travel to HHQ agencies and ANG Wings on occasional basis. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: 1. Resume/CV outlining military and civilian experience with current contact information. 2. RIP or SURF report 3. DD214 (if not current member) 4. Complete printout of AFFMS II Fitness System with current/passing results 5. Last 5 OPRs
  10. You’re right, YMMV. I’m a 100% QOL guy and spent about a year flying in my MWS with the ANG when I started at my airline. Aside from the increased number of days for a flying gig, the unpredictability is what really did me in. I’d carve out a month that let me keep my sweet/high paying airline trips, drop the crap trips for mil leave, and still be home for birthdays and anniversaries, etc. Then as soon as I’d get to the unit and we’d cancel for Wx/Mx/tanker availability/mission slip/whatever then I’d have to scramble to decide whether I should annoy the unit by going non-current or else pick up extra days, which would of course mean giving up more airline pay or annoying the wife. Long story short, I took an ANG staff job 3 years ago and have a very predictable 2 days/month, 2 weeks/year schedule. Boring? Yes. Demanding? No way. I miss the plane, miss some of the flying (but not all of it), mostly miss hanging out in an ops squadron. But definitely don’t miss the beans, the exercises, the extra days away from home, the checkrides, or any of the standard trappings of AF anti-aircrew culture. All told, I have no regrets and am spending way less time either at or thinking about work now, which was my ultimate goal. Obviously you’ll get a wide range of perspectives, and your own preferences will differ from every else’s, but that’s been this guy’s experience at least!
  11. There is a disparity between min guarantee and actual average pay. At SWA even though guarantee is 76 hours, the average credited (when our contract was signed) is 94. I’m going to take a wild guess that the average pilot picks up 1-2 extra days of flying. The rest of the difference is through premium time (time and a half for reroutes, changed show/block-in times, uncovered flying, etc.) or rigs (min guaranteed credit per day or trip no matter how short it is). And then vacation pay effectively credits about 4 hrs/mo on average for a new guy (goes up with a seniority). Personal example, in 2019 (last “normal” year) I only ever dropped flying and averaged 46 block hours per month, but my W-2 pay ended up just slightly below what it would have been by doing the hourly rate x min guarantee math. When I made the switch, my apples to apples comparison was how many days are spent on duty for the pay…20 (or 30?) in the AF vs the contractually protected 13-16 depending on the airline. The airline won’t stop me from working 5 days/week (and adding 50% to my salary) if I wanted…well, as long as I’m legal. Alternatively, we all know how it’d go trying to score 3-day work weeks in the AF.
  12. Can partially confirm for SWA. The crews that bid PM trips are notoriously fun loving. Things can get real social with FAs… One thing I never thought I’d see at work: about 2 years ago a policy came out directing pilots/FAs to stop hugging on the job. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  13. Blocks are usually 3 or 4 days. There’s a 14-hr daily availability period for early flights starting around 3am, and another starting around 11am that covers late ones. Have to make it to the airport within 2 hours if called during your period. Trips are assigned based on how many days you have remaining, so if you’re the only one with 2 days left in your block and a 2-day trip drops, you’re getting it. You can set a “fly” preference (trips will be assigned by seniority) or “pass” preference (reverse seniority). Reserve days are rigged whether or not you’re used, and once assigned you get the higher of the reserve or trip rig. But unlike lineholders you don’t get reassignment pay, so you tend to get rerouted all over. Hopefully something we can fix… Reserve utilization is high at SWA…it all depends on time of year and whether or not a pandemic is going on, but I usually wouldn’t get more than 3 or 4 days unused in a month. YMMV!
  14. Sure, I’m currently 4th year. SWA wasn’t initially huge on my radar either, but looking back and knowing what I know I probably would’ve targeted it. My guess is that’s what most guys from the other majors would say about their own airline too! Cons: - You’ll fly a 737…kind of cramped, non-Maxes are noisy, old timey overhead panel, etc. It’s a bigger deal to some than others depending on personal desire for variety or something big or going to the other side of the world. - Current year 1-4 pay lags the other majors, then it is about equal year 5 and moves ahead (of narrowbody scales) after that. Still, it doesn’t reach senior wide body pay elsewhere. - Days can get busy…3-leg days are probably average, 2 or 4-leg days are common, and 1 or 5-leg days exist (somewhat rare). So in a same duty day you’re doing more briefings, more up-down, ears popping, etc. I find it helps the day go by quicker than droning, but definitely tough to catch up on the Netflix que—I mean study the FOM. - Generally younger and evenly spread pilot group, so retirements trickle compared to other guys. Upgrade seems to always be at 8 years, give or take. - No long call reserve, and nobody in the pilot group who has to go back to the sims because they’re overdue on landing currency. The game for senior guys at other airlines seems to be minimizing time at work while still getting paid. At SWA it’s maximizing pay for the time spent at work. Pros: - 11 domiciles around the country (except the PNW) so odds of being able to drive to work are fairly high. - Company stability…the airline is run by real nerds who stay for the long haul. 2020 was the first year in its 50 year history it hasn’t turned a profit, and its financials are always well ahead of industry-standard. - Job security: I’ll keep this as a pro because it’s still true SWA has never furloughed a pilot. But I’d caution that past performance doesn’t equal future success, and last year there was an uncharacteristic demand from the company for pilot concessions, which when we didn’t agree to, resulted in furlough notices going out. It’ll be interesting to see if it foreshadowed a more “traditional” labor relations posture than we’ve historically enjoyed moving forward. - Trip trade market: since everyone is qualified on the same aircraft you’ve got a robust ability to trade or pickup trips with other pilots or with the company (some of that can pay time and a half). Picking up flying to make more money is usually pretty easy (except during pandemics). The flip side is the only way to decrease your flying is to hope another pilot wants to take your trip from you, which is tougher to do in July than it is February. - Culture-wise, I won’t get too rah-rah other than to say it is exactly as it looks from the outside. The work groups pretty much all get along and nobody takes themselves too seriously. I haven’t flown with anyone yet who I wouldn’t fly with again. - Being home: I think 50% of trips are 3-days, and the remaining are divided between 1, 2, and 4 days. Average line is 3-on, 4-off (x4) or 4-on, 3-off (x3) plus a random day for 13 total days of work. And you’re never more than 3 time zones away, so you can stay in touch with the family, get business done on the road, or get home quick if there’s a family emergency. - No language barriers, NATS procedures, non-radar environments, ATC driving you into thunderstorms, etc. All told, it’s not perfect or everyone’s cup of tea (especially if they’ve got the widebody international itch), but it’s been a joy for me and never nearly as bad as some of the warnings I’d heard. Definitely a great place to spend a 30+ year career!
  15. You could try the 3rd Military Airlift Squadron group...closed group, but maybe message the moderator. Think they used to fly SOLL II when the C-5 did it, lots of old timers there.
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