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  1. Train our tactical leaders to prepare wisely, be team players, and act like adults...waiting...I see the flaw. My bad.
  2. This is the problem set, but the sad part is that it already happens on occasion these days in the C-130 world. I watched a single Det run by a detco, a sup, a duty load, and an arms troop run airlift for four months at a time supporting multiple users at multiple bases without so much as a single complaint. Heck, I think their MX section was all of 20 people total. All they needed was reliable periodic comms with the users. No-one hears about it because they got the job done. But C-17s are involved so clearly it's not really happening or worthy of acknowledging. Granted that's on a
  3. You could be living a different dream...
  4. Yup. Because I had a concurrent running ADSC because AFPC incorrectly dated my GI bill transfer and refused to fix it. Regardless, having seen behind the curtain now, I can speak with authority when I say "don't take the bonus". ...and I did. I got out as soon as I could...right in the middle of a global pandemic, at 17 years of service, while non-current in an airplane, and I haven't regretted that decision even once. So I say again: don't take the bonus.
  5. All true words. I personally believe that senior USAF officials who want to maximize retention intentionally (if not consciously) hope to keep service members from understanding the real power of that word: "no" by trying to keep us focused on the money aspect, instead of the quality of life as a civilian, TR, or guardsman. But even there they fail. The 25k bonus from the 1990s should be a bare minimum of 37-40k to account for based on inflation alone. It's a barehanded slap to our intelligence.
  6. Any "renegotiation" will come with a longer commitment. For example in 2015 I took a 5 year $25k bonus. The next year I was offered a "renegotiation" option where the only option was up 20 YAS...which I flatly rejected. Weight all options heavily. When you are committed, you lose all power of "no". In the current environment, recognize that pilots are about to start abandoning ship again with airline hiring, leaving a massive hole in the population that is eligible for 180, 365, and non-desirable taskings to all AFSCs...and if you're committed, you have no say in the matter. Make su
  7. So, for frame of reference, I'd imagine that most universities and colleges instituted some version of this "safe space" silliness years ago with little or no fanfare. While I strongly disagree with the concept, it's not surprising to find that USAFA had this instituted on them (I highly doubt some cadet was whining for a safe space so loud that they made on for him). This sounds like something done TO the institution, not BY the institution. Don't believe me? How many USAF members here wanted to create an annual SAPR training in the format it currently takes (critiquing the for
  8. Concur. The one avenue they haven't tried (an aggressive bonus) is the one that would work most efficiently and effectively...just read the Rand study. I don't understand why they didn't try a super bonus for a year or two just to see what the take rate would be. Instead, budget dust in turning directly into airplane dust and dead pilots, and it's heartbreaking. But hey, none of those pilots were related to Senators...so like you said: acceptable losses. In other news, retention in my AFRC unit is excellent, and we're not even getting a bonus this year...yet we're happy to stay. Wh
  9. As I haven't said it a minute, and now I have even more perspective after separating. DO NOT TAKE THE BONUS AFRC and ANG have bonuses too, and they aren't underhanded or insulting.
  10. Where is Robert Heinlein when we need him?!
  11. Go troll somewhere else. This is actually a serious topic for adults.
  12. Honestly, I'm stuck in a hotel and I have nothing better to do and this is kinda fun.
  13. What you just said equates to "My own feelings are too loud to allow the introduction and analysis of facts. Look someone else understands some other facts that sound like they support me. By the way someone who has nothing to do with any of this died, so I'm right." If you were physically present, I'd slap you in the face, hard. Ask anyone here who knows me, they'll affirm that fact. Sometimes that's the only response to upset and end hysteria. I'm guessing you've never experienced such physical violence in your life. Perhaps you should seek is out. Like fight club, it might turn
  14. Setting aside the rampant ignorance that leads people to not want this vaccine, I can't pass on the necessity to clarify some science here: working with students has all of ZERO impact on someone's risk level. Age, health habits, and genetics directly impact someone's risk with this virus. Having a higher than normal interaction with multiple subjects may POSSIBLY (still not proven by the data we've seen) increase the likelihood of getting infected. However if an individual is young and healthy (i.e. doesn't smoke and isn't morbidly obese for starters) their level of risk is low, by th
  15. What I can't understand is why everyone is so up in arms about some old, old wooden ship!
  16. How can the Bobulinski story be a hoax with so many verifiable hard facts? Just finished watching the interview. Seems legit.
  17. Spoken like a stereotypical (thankfully it's a stereotype that the vast majority don't fall into) strat airlift pilot. You are ready for TACC.
  18. Yes, this is what's right with the Air Force. In the midst of a political, social, and military stupidity, a C-17 crew landed an emergency airplane in the combat zone and NO ONE noticed. Dear crew: well done.
  19. https://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/one_item_and_teasers/nom_cmten.htm You're in the waiting game. I don't see the Air Force Lt Col list even on the list yet. If you are a 1 Nov pin-on and the Senate delays past then, I'm pretty sure you pin-on the date that they approve it. VMPF and myper promotion sections should have the exact details on that ROE though.
  20. BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh man. That's rich. You're good. Tell another joke. For the education of the masses, "We" is spelled "Army" If you think the USAF is leaving any time soon, think again. Just like "We" left the middle east after Desert Storm. Yet the USAF has been deployed there ever since. USAF assets will be the second to last ones out. Not trying to rain on your parade. Just gotta be a realist about it.
  21. So you probably don't recognize that the forces in place in Afghanistan pose a threat to a VERY limited region...namely...Afghanistan and it's very immediate neighborhood. Nothing in that country provides an ability to threaten China. At all. Moreover, the country is so unstable that we would never place forces there that could pose any form of threat to China. It would be wasteful and stupid on a plethora of levels. If you are going to apply geopolitical strategy games, make sure you also apply real world analysis to them. The underlying part you missed: logistics Amateurs st
  22. Out of curiosity, have you spent any time in Afghanistan?
  23. What speeds are typical for fighters refueling off a Herc?
  24. Thank you for clarifying, I stand corrected. I've encounter a whole lot of ego and thin skin surrounding the primacy of the HUD in the C-17. Not a judgment, just a statement of my experience. //RANT// What is ultimately concerning to me is the institutionalized acceptance of mediocre engineer and lawyer crafted solutions to line operator problems with no input from said operators. Anyone remember the response to the F-22 pilot who was blamed for not flying his jet because he had no oxygen? (I know, a gross oversimplification, just hang with me, I'm ranting) Or on a micro scale, h
  25. One of these opportunities comes around only once in your life. The other will always be there. Factual download: the Extra 300 will NOT scratch that itch the way it wants to be scratched...they are completely different desires that look very similar until you're upside down at 15,000 feet.
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