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Everything posted by nunya

  1. Maybe. Youngest on the list this second is 24 and, amazingly, 24 is ho hum at this point. Their career earning potential blows my mind. With 40+ years to fly, their company 401k contributions alone will be something north of $6m in today's dollars. If they max their IRAs, 401k, HSA, and maybe throw a few bucks at a 529 (not that hard to do, really), they can easily get to $12m by retirement.
  2. Met a dude today that will be <10 at D for 5 years. 🤑 Civilian.
  3. The closeout season obviously has to follow the calendar year.
  4. Talk to your Shirt, too. The good ones are magical dealing with "people problems." The CC will have to sign off, but (good) Shirts have immense resources and connections.
  5. Don't overthink it. The airlines aren't worried that a 12+ year military pilot is lying about their hours. Get the best product you can get and make it look as professional as you can. If the first line in your logbook is a summary of years 6-9 instead of a line by line, nobody is going to care.
  6. Live below your means. The below-er the better-er. That makes everything else fall into place easy-er.
  7. Beyond a reasonable doubt is a necessarily high bar and I don't think the woke wave is [the only reason] why he'll be acquitted. I think the actual evidence is light, the hearsay and contradictions are numerous, and the two people that should provide the most damning testimony are hardly model citizens. The case will be like trying to discipline your kid when you're 99% sure he's lying, but his story does kinda make sense. Smollet probably staged it, but he'll also get acquitted.
  8. No. You're a cost item to the company. You're costing them and not making them money if you're not in the seat. They're going to use you to the full extent of the law and your contract. Domestic NB is many legs (very rarely less than 3-5) and short layovers (11-12 hours), wherever you go unless you play one of the many, many schedule enhancement games. Those games differ for each carrier but they are where you make your money and tilt the scales in your favor away from the company using and abusing you. Unfortunately as an outsider there's no way for you to fully appreciate those games so don't even try to consider them in your "which airline" decision. Unless you are sure you want WB, don't commute for DAL.
  9. Invalid assumption. Gross income is not as simple as hourly rates. It’s not even entirely dependent on left or right seat. Seniority is a pay raise all its own. You want to stay domestic? Yeah, you can do that everywhere and it’s not an uncommon career plan. Lots of guys don’t want to deal with the circadian interruptions, longer legs, customs, large international cities, etc.
  10. Funny that you said Guard units are in rural areas. I can't think of a single unit (especially with airplanes) I'd call "rural." I guess we just have different definitions. My point is that, hospital or not, there's going to be an OB/GYN clinic in whatever town you find yourself. Anyway, good luck man. Nursing is one of the nation's most transportable fields.
  11. Yes. Actually finding an opening is a different story. USAJobs shows mostly VA and Indian Affairs openings. Does she not want to do civilian practice? What specialty?
  12. Next we'll dive into religion, politics, and COVID and it'll be just like the longest 5-day in history!
  13. No. There are no constants (except "living in base makes your work life easier") and all forecasts are crap. Everything is cyclic and each carrier has ways to maximize whatever variable you want to maximize.
  14. Is it an issue that needs to be dealt with in the first place? Is a lost 182 worthy of spending national defense treasures? Even with malicious intent (which usually is not present in these TFR/airspace clowns), how much damage are they really going to cause? A 172 crashed into a building in Tampa. Killed the pilot and burned some fancy fake leather office chairs, but that was about it. If Noble 12 had been in Tampa, would he have actually shot the 172 down before he crashed into the building? I don't believe he would have, so then why bother launching even a AT-6? Similarly with the GWB dude, is our kill chain going to actually make a cognizant choice, weighing the collateral damage of airplane parts raining on Manhattan, PID, and shoot him down before he crashes into something? I don't think so and I think we're wasting a lot of time pretending we have "active air defense."
  15. How do you know someone's a fighter pilot? They'll tell you. 🤪
  16. I looked back in my email and couldn't find it. I think it was in a periodic summary/update from our O-6. But it's in the AWC and ACSC student handbooks, too. A lot of us got lucky and got points awarded for each class, but if you're not seeing that, the system is working per the book. Sorry I don't have a loophole for you.
  17. I remember reading a message a few months ago that they'd "fixed the glitch." Points used to show up after every class but the memo said it'll only be after course completion now.
  18. I think this is one of the most impactful variables. If wife's got her own thing going on and kids are gone or never were, it's a whole different ballgame than when your commute has cost you tball games and dance recitals. I moved to base and will stay at least as long as kids are in the house. Once they're on their own, commuting to a WB is high on the list of options.
  19. If you want to get smart on the atypical Reserve jobs, poke around the RIO sites.
  20. You have to decide for yourself when you’re ready to hang up the wings. Ask yourself on your next flights if you’d rather be somewhere else. If the answer is still “Hell no, this is the best gig ever!” then keep flying in the ARC. One of these days your answer will be “I’d really rather be watching Junior’s game or I’d rather be home with Frau.” Get an IMA job then.
  21. COVID > War with China > Russians hacking critical domestic infrastructure Sounds about right.
  22. Palace chase to the ARC now. https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2606672/fy21-voluntary-force-management-programs-conclude-may-27/ edit: I can't even find the matrix for the eligible AFSCs. Make them tell you no.
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