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  1. Covered in the NDAA they pass yearly. Which is part of the problem since we seem to slip further and further right as far as date the thing gets passed through Congress and signed by the President. Lines of funding are worked out afterward, so although a bonus may be authorized to say 35k, the total allotted funding for the program may only exist to pay a portion of the available service members. The last two years the Army aviation bonus has run out of funding around the start of Q4. It pays to be in the front of the line if you’re going to pull the trigger on it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. We aren’t “lowering” the norms/standard…. We are “modifying” it. And see that’s a different word which makes it ok… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I’m sure roles reversed with a Democratic Senator demanding to know if any federal agency elements were in place during a riot as a BLM member would be totally legit to the same people complaining about Cruz and others questions. If FBI agents had been say active members in encouraging the CHAZ riots it would of course be a problem. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Pretty much every gunnery at Fort Hood… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Some of us know a now retired LtCol who was at one time on a no kidding Air Force recruiter skateboarding group in his young enlisted days… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. That’s so your land lord can get himself reset before putting the place up for its new rent. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Housing prices in my area are ~1.4-1.7x their value a year or two ago… And mine went down. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Trump was routinely calling for (correctly) NATO partner nations to get off their collective asses and use their economic capability to fund a viable military parity to the threat they were all facing… He was lambasted in the press for that while they stroked themselves off to Justin Trudeau’s wearing socks with the NATO flag on it. The PM of Canada… Canada that NATO partner that still lacks a viable front line fighter to contribute because JT campaigned on canceling F-35, and start a years long delayed fly off competition that might have them still buy F-35s a decade later…. Merkle’s legacy should be leaving the strongest economic power in Europe with a military so devoid of ready capable forces. You hear zero criticisms of that that kind of thing. But plenty of shade over the last 4 years any time Trump did or said anything about NATO. Now the chips are actually needing to be played, the guy in the seat responsible for our a foreign Policy is punting on decision making to an organization given a free pass at floundering for years, and not a criticism at it from our friends in the media. Yeah… I’m sure Trump would be receiving the same kind of friendly take on saying something along the lines of “it’s NATOs problem to decide.” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I have no doubt that is entirely intentional. Winter favors nobody specifically, but political will dries up real quick when a population can’t make power or heat the houses it’s people live in. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Man I’d love to look into the parallel universe where a still President Trump overtly says in the media “we are under no obligation to protect Ukraine,” and then punts it to NATO to make the call on any response. I’m sure that would be totally respected and not met with raging criticism. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. This is a guy who was in command of a significant organization in Eastern Germany as the wall came down. He’s on record demanding the military commander in East Berlin use force to put down the groups reunifying the country and was told by the military commander “yeah you’re on your own.” Unfortunately we (Americans) view the guy through meme source only and really think it’s just some shirtless bald dude riding bears and swilling vodka while he runs a broke down superpower. He’s probably one of the most intelligent leaders on the planet, and anybody in the political sphere who recognizes that gets lambasted either as calling up old Reagan policy (Romney) or being in love with the guy (Trump). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Better question. 1. Could we…? 2. How many times could we do that or start doing that before we are spent? I don’t know if it’s suddenly forgotten but we got to “show the world” our unquestioned airlift superiority in the “greatest single airlift operation in history.” What we really showed to anybody smart is we just spent a shit load of flight hours and build a hell of a backlog MX on the fleet of airplanes that takes time to repay. Anybody with two brain cells knows our world wide rapid response is anchored around our airlift. How many of the great power foes would be smart enough to realize they can chose to mobilize and force our prudent mass movements only to then easily stand down and let us with a few movements through slow attrition lose our ability or at least severely limit it. There is a reason things like aircraft slants and readiness exercises are supposed to be closely held in secret. I’ll be honest the next massive typhoon, earthquake, volcano that comes down on some 3rd world shithole, we park the grey tails and pay fedex/Kallita/etc to haul it and preserve our readiness over trying to win the world opinion race by writing the biggest check. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Picture of the ACARS message about it… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I think in all likelihood the deployment of US troops to Ukraine would be an explainable reason for the political leadership in NATO to walk away from the article 5 commitments. They didn’t start going after AQ when the Cole was bombed, they did it because we took the hit on home turf with no provocation. Losing a chunk of 2nd Stryker deployed out of Rose Barracks across borders into Ukraine isn’t going to motivate the Germans to suddenly commit their paltry forces to avenge us. It’s going to give them the logic they need to tell their populations “this isn’t our war.” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I mean let’s not lie we are guilty of the same kind of “looks good to me” future progression type of thinking. How often have we seen the chosen son/daughter or one of the anointed favorites of a commander seemingly progress to loftier positions ahead of peers often times more deserving and at the detriment to the long term health of the system. The dangerous ones (both politically and militarily) are the ones with selfish ambition to higher position because of the power it brings and early recognition that they are amongst the beautiful peoples club. Those are the careerists/politicians they scare me, because they’ve figured out how to weaponize the stratification in the system in a way that ceases being a meritorious reward and merely checks all the right boxes in the visual check. And not one damn bit of their motivation to do a job has any override on the desire to merely progress higher up the ladder. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Anybody on the outside of the circle dumb enough to assume some vast greatness was experienced through a single enlistment is an idiot. Think about how much you “knew” at 3-4 years time in service… just enough to not kill yourself or anybody else doing your expected job so long as you listened to the people with 8-10 years and did what they tell you. She was right at the place in life where you assume some level of responsibility for individual decisions because the jar has been filled with enough knowledge water to work on a staff. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. I like how they keep suggesting they might go after the operators in the future… Like any person in a cockpit or box is the one accepting and granting clearance of fires in this situation. Somebody with a Star gave the word to execute. If we want heads on a spike start with that one. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Remember… Gerrymandering is strictly a Republican problem… Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  19. The Army just lowered the aviation credential assistance dollar figure from 4K to 1K for that exact reason. Too many people were using the program to set themselves up for quick transition to an airline job. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. Even desert storm was acetate and dot matrix printers… Talk to the old guys running your Sims that lived it. The Navy guy I know was talking about having a dedicated flight every day whose sole job was to fly down and pick up the print version of the ATO/ACO. So here you are in a campaign where we are running sorties with everything available.. and you have available combat power acting as a taxi for what can know be accomplished with an email. Yes they did it, but it’s not because we were just so good at War…it’s because the Iraqis were terrible at it. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  21. That’s the fundamental misunderstanding people have with the whole Cyber war will be part of a multi domain conflict… No Cyber warfare will be the new Nuclear 1st Strike, only it won’t allow you a follow up with any form of response. All the idiots practicing war without computers using wet erase markers, plastic sheet overlays, and paper maps… None of those capabilities are actually going to be allowed, because you won’t even be able to issue the OP Order that brings forces to theatre. We will have things like the “7.2 miles of Combat Power” Fort Hood likes to brag about sitting in those same motor pools, because you can’t even get an email to coordinate the train to take them to port, much less put them in theatre and support them. We need to realize Cyber isn’t going to be some arrow in your quiver to shoot, as much as it going to be your ability to protect your ability to actually do anything in whatever part of the world somebody chooses to then take advantage of our paralysis and conduct follow on actions. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  22. If you want to see the self licking ice cream cone of debt that Soft “Science” degrees invented for themselves look no further than criminal justice/criminology/justice studies/etc… Go interview at either a major state or federal agency involved in law enforcement with that degree field. It will yield you little to nothing in a field that literally has its name in your BA degree… or right.. it’s not actually a science. The Ohio State patrol awarded rated grades based off certain circumstances to their initial entry exam. Having a Bachelors degree awarded 10 points, a social science like CJ or Psych awarded 15… you know who got 20? The Army Cook who did 4 years and got a 214 with an ASVAB score measured in single digits. Yeah… gotta spend 80k of government money on that program. What a big help. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  23. Which in the end if it did happen would only help their cause. Strategic surprise is one element to consider with being the aggressor, but if they can paint Taiwan as an instigator and get the political narrative running of the, trying to drag us into a war that, “they started,” it’ll only help to keep us out of the fight. It would easily be worth it to lose a few planes or a small patrol ship if it meant not having to worry about the US while they exercised their plans in Taiwan. Most of our understanding of defense treaties is under the premise of responding to attack. We started talking about that method to avoid conflict when it looked like Turkey was gonna start WWIII with the Russians in Syria. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. I think a lot of people fail to look at the idea of a reduction in maintenance tasks and how much that multiplies when you are talking about a plane with 8 god damned motors to do oil checks and service inspections on much less fix. That translates to either maintaining troop counts to do other tasks, or reducing the Manning requirement without negatively impacting OR rates. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  25. If you gets up in the 90s playing video games, you almost certainly had to fight that in one of the Ace Combat games… It’s like all the futuristic airplane covers from Popular mechanics had a baby. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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