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  1. Krypto

    Gun Talk

    Thanks for the pointers. Nebraska and North Dakota are where I’m concerned with. So far, it looks like neither requires any FOID or permit since it’s a long gun. Surprising to me, but I guess that’s because I grew up in Illinois. After more research on the serial number, it’s a Type I (not 99). Made in Italy after China stopped being a weapon source option for Japan. Definitely more sentimental value than dollar value. Thanks again.
  2. Krypto

    Gun Talk

    Need some help here on legalities. I’m inheriting a WW II era Japanese Type 99 rifle from my grandfather. He bought it in Japan while he was in the Navy (~1946). It also has a bayonet attached. He had a document at one time saying it was legal for him to own but that’s long gone. I’ve never owned a gun before and I was hoping to just keep it on the wall for display (as he did with it for >60 years). What kind of documents or safety devices do I need to make it legal? My home of record is Illinois so I got an IL Firearm Owner ID. Is there anything else? Is it exempt from typical rules because of its age (it’s never been modified from its functioning state)? Do I need to comply with local state rules as I PCS around as well? Any extra gotchas for movers to be willing to move it? Appreciate the help!
  3. Concur. With the remainder after the lump sum still being paid out each year, it doesn't seem like there's much reason to not take the lump sum option. Unless you just know you're the kind of person who can't hold onto the money without spending it.
  4. What are the pros/cons to taking the lump sum option? Is it more advantageous for tax reasons to take the lump sum?
  5. I'm stationed here at Guam and love it. I admit it's not for everybody. So I'll offer some general advice and if you have specific questions, feel free to PM me. I'm not in the det, but I'm familiar enough. Be prepared to be a bomber person (not just the MDS you're in now). Be proud of what experience you bring to the table, be honest about what you don't know, and be willing to learn. Keep in mind that the organization is new, so it's an interesting opportunity to shape the roles. Keep in mind what the impacts will be to your career in regards to the potential of maybe not flying, being rated by a different chain of command than the rest of the base, etc. It might not make a diffference, but just be aware. Family life is great so long as your honest with your spouse about what they're getting into. If you like big cities, lots of malls, and need to visit extended family often, you'll be in trouble. If you like any kind of water activity, hiking, or just enjoying the laid back feel of island life, it's awesome. Island fever is a risk, but there's lots of opportunities to travel. Especially via space A. Dont plan on getting a house on base since they're demoing most of the houses over the next couple years and rebuilding. Houses anywhere on island are small and basic. So leave the sweaters and unnecessary house clutter in storage before you PCS. Power outages are also common. Also understand that OHA is different than BAH (you don't pocket any leftover money). Being stationed here is different than being TDY/deployed. For one, you're not living/working/eating/etc with the same house of dudes everyday for 6 months. If you were deployed here and thought "why haven't they fixed issue X with the mission after all these years", this is your chance to be the continuity and make things right. Hope that helps.
  6. Anybody have gouge on traveling "space required"? I'm trying to get a ride to/from TDY location. Both origin and destination are OCONUS. Passenger terminal said its not doable, but i think that's because I was using the wrong terminology. Commercial air is available, just looking for more options.
  7. I was wondering the same thing. I'm on the Applied National Security module and it involves writing a 5-7 page paper. Anybody know if the other two applied modules have similar requirements?
  8. Anybody know when they usually post the promotion milestone chart on mypers for the next year? I'm looking at the PRF accounting dates for LAF (to Major). I can see that in 2014 it was June and in 2015 it was April. Any guess if the trend will continue?
  9. http://www.alsa.mil/mttps.html Here's the source. Need to be on mil computer to access.
  10. Anybody know where the term "elevator" really comes from (does it have a more specific meaning)? I couldn't find it in the brevity guide and it doesn't seem to really be any shorter than saying "climb/descend". Just one of those phrases that gets passed on I guess?
  11. I'm sure there's many others, but this was our class patch from pilot training
  12. How was getting by without knowing Chinese? Did most of you stay with a guide for the majority of it? I'm not normally one to get into the touristy thing and be the awkward group with cameras all the time, but it seems like this is one of those situations where you can't avoid it.
  13. Anybody have trouble with the visa/military/security clearance? Does transiting between the mainland and Macau/Hong Kong require anything special on the visa? In other words, is that considered a separate entrance/exit to the country?
  14. My wife and I are looking to take a trip to China. Anyone have any personal experiences about good places to visit or recommendations for travel companies/websites to use? Anyone ever have trouble getting a visa when the military occupation comes up? Bad experiences, good experiences, funny stories all welcome... thanks!
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