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  1. 8 minutes ago, Biff_T said:

    How many finance troops think they might die when they go to work?  

    Those obvious dangerous/combat jobs are certainly included, but there are lots that aren't so tip of the spear.


    Enlisted airmen whose special duty pay will be affected include:

    • Basic military training instructors
    • Human intelligence debriefers
    • Combat controllers
    • Pararescuemen
    • Tactical air control party operators
    • Command chief master sergeants
    • Special reconnaissance operators
    • First sergeants
    • Defense attaché office liaisons
    • Airmen in the nuclear enterprise
    • Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents
    • Air traffic control supervisors
    • Enlisted pilots
    • Enlisted weapons directors
    • Parachute instructors and those with the test parachute program
    • Flight attendants
    • Mission system specialists
    • Loadmasters
    • Contracting airmen
    • Air Force Honor Guardsmen
    • Phoenix Raven security forces defenders
    • Airmen who work with forward area refueling points
    • Flying crew chiefs
    • Defense couriers
    • Airmen who work at certain commands or government agencies
    • Airmen who work with certain federal panels
    • Public affairs airmen assigned to recruiting squadrons
    • Air transportation airmen
    • Airmen who work on classified Air Force projects



  2. 32 minutes ago, Danger41 said:

    What’s the deal with radiotelephone operator license? Do you need to have it with you or just pay to play for it?

    You need it with you.  They ask for it every CQ.  Just put it in your airline "war wallet" with your passport, medical, pilot certificate, yellow fever shot, COVID shot (likely if not already for some countries), etc and forget about it until somebody asks for it.

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  3. 9 hours ago, arg said:


    You knew when they started correlating your ID card to your purchases to your PT test that it was only a matter of time.  Your next PHA is going to have a list of your groceries next to your BMI.  "I'm sorry, sir.  I know you have knee pain after your time as an 82nd ALO, but because you ate a box of Twinkies, your knee pain is grocery - not service - related. 0%"

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  4. On 8/28/2022 at 11:02 AM, SocialD said:

    I look back and laugh at the time/effort (quasi witch hunt) that took place over a trivial missing item (maybe a few $K value), then months later we just say fuck it a leave untold millions (billions) behind.  What a fucking waste!

    We had to whisk a loadmaster out of Iraq because he left his M9 on a pallet during offload and the base cops wanted to arrest him.  Just think what damage ISIS could do with an M9!  


  5. 5 hours ago, Royal said:

    With how busy the summer has been, how's everyone fared at their respective carriers with trip trading/dropping pairings? My buddies at SWA say they haven't had as much success as they've had historically. Please post your bidding percentage for reference. 

    15% in category.  100% success this month, but only because I played my "once or twice a year" trump cards.  I won't have those same options next month.  There are some other drop strategies I'm studying for future poor-staffing months involving trading bad coverage days for worse coverage days.  It's certainly not as easy as it used to be.

  6. 1 hour ago, tac airlifter said:

    Absolutely no one cares if pilots are T1 vs T38 trained regarding AO transition.

    Transition from Draco is one thing in the short term.  That’s not much of a hurdle and not really what I’m talking about. You’ll have freshly winged Lts soon and the original post I replied to referenced tracks and drops. 

  7. So T-1 dudes will go to the 802 because staffing, not because T-1 training is the right training for a single-pilot mission. We'd be better off leaving them in T-6s longer and giving them T-6B/C training.  We could call it UPT 2.5.

    Oh, and not only will the AF have to compete with the airlines at the end of pilot commitments, they'll have to compete with SEAT and ag jobs.  😆 CalFire and its subs thank you for your 2000 hours in type.  

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  8. On 7/19/2022 at 2:52 PM, ClearedHot said:

    offer each one $1M and see if your retention rate changes.

    That’s pretty close to the cumulative airline v O5 pay difference over 10-15 years.  $150k in the AF, $200-250k in the airlines.  

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  9. 27 minutes ago, pawnman said:

    I don't know why they narrowed the constraints so much. There are definitely CFIs who would jump at the chance to fly aerobatics in the T-6 out there.

    The constraints were set because they used an existing framework: AFCS PAQ.  You can argue they should have used a different framework or created a standalone program, but the constraints aren’t arbitrary and definitely aren’t unique to this CAIP program.


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  10. 10 minutes ago, Random Guy said:


    By describing the landlord and Cara using gender binary pronouns of "him" and "her," respectively, the Brits are reinforcing the patriarchy wherein the male holds the power of property ownership and the female is relegated to the role of subservient, dependent tenant.  Furthermore, they are reinforcing the heteronormative, chauvinist worldview by establishing the toxic male as the aggressor upon the female.  A gender nonconforming example would have been much more appropriate.

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  11. 42 minutes ago, SurelySerious said:

    I mean, the airlines could pay for more staff.

    While I wouldn’t turn down more money, money won’t fix this.  The training pipelines are busting at the seams right now.  The planned schedules are a complete pipe dream. Dudes and dudettes are flying their asses off for premium pay. Once a crew times out, all the money in the world can’t move the airplane.  Only a time machine to April 2020 to prevent the overreaction and spite could fix your delay to Denver. 

  12. 36 minutes ago, Danger41 said:

    I’ve talked to a bunch that literally don’t even know there’s a union and how they’re anti-union. Best of luck with that in the airlines.

    They'll learn.  I won't post links so as to not derail the thread, but you'll forgive a guy for reading recent [non-pilot] union headlines and thinking they're sofa king crazy.

  13. If you’re joining the ARC go ahead and print off a copy of USERRA as bedtime reading.  It’s not very long and can keep you and your employer out of hot water.


    (13) The term "service in the uniformed services" means the performance of duty on a voluntary or involuntary basis in a uniformed service under competent authority and includes active duty, active duty for training, initial active duty for training, inactive duty training, full-time National Guard duty, State active duty for a period of 14 days or more, State active duty in response to a national emergency declared by the President under the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), State active duty in response to a major disaster declared by the President under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170), a period for which a person is absent from a position of employment for the purpose of an examination to determine the fitness of the person to perform any such duty, a period for which a System member of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System is absent from a position of employment due to an appointment into Federal service under section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and a period for which a person is absent from employment for the purpose of performing funeral honors duty as authorized by section 12503 of title 10 or section 115 of title 32.

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  14. 3 hours ago, mcbush said:

    I recently separated and now that I have some options, I'm struggling to come up with any reason not to roll my TSP balance over into my IRA. The TSP used to win on cost but I don't think that's really the case any more. Seems like increasing the distance between Uncle Sam and your retirement dollars is always a good move, and even more so after this recent debacle. At least Vanguard/Schwab/T. Rowe Price/whoever know how to track a balance and provide a usable website. 

    The only argument I ever hear is the G fund can be a useful unicorn.  I see the point but I will roll my TSP to my Fidelity accounts at the earliest opportunity to reduce my withdrawal complexity down the road.

  15. 8 hours ago, Flyman said:

    How is the family life balance for those that have a normal 9-5 job and commute to a heavy reserve/guard squadron?

    Bad, especially commuting!! It will be marginally better if you are willing/able to drop unlimited mil leave on your employer.  9-5ers are usually missed more than gear lever actuators if they leave for a week, so I find they try to do mil without using mil leave.  Family, AF, employer. Pick two. 

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