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frog last won the day on December 4 2018

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  1. I found out about a week prior to the start date.
  2. This. Unfortunately, some sort of PT test is necessary because there is a subset of people who would completely let themselves go if there was no accountability. Anecdotally, the one guy who I’ve been on patrols with downrange that couldn’t carry his own load was someone who had a history of failures and near failures. He also complained that he just wasn’t “suited” to the PT test. We don’t need marathon runners or bodybuilders, but I am a believer that some level of fitness is necessary. I vote to leave the PT test alone (minus the waist measurement). It isn’t perfect, but it is simple and straightforward. The AF will find a way to mess it up if they overhaul it.
  3. I know you are being dramatic, but the LAST thing that would restore confidence in the system is the military intervening to force a transition of power and civilian authority. Think about the precedent that would set.
  4. CE guy here. FLEA’S words check. The money for barrier MX flows through CE channels. The CE squadron will often fund it out of pocket at bases where it is not authorized at the expense of other requirements. Extra cables are goodness to give you guys more divert options, but they are equally important to keep engineers trained on them. Arresting gear requires daily, monthly, and annual MX. The Airmen installing mobile arresting systems at a contingency location may have only touched them at tech school and a couple of exercises if they deployed from a base without barriers. A lot can go wrong on if you catch a cable that is installed or maintained incorrectly. Something to consider when you guys are running the AF someday.
  5. From Enclosure A: PME Outcomes. PME and JPME programs must provide graduates the knowledge and skills to prepare them for service as joint warfighting leaders, senior staff officers, and strategists who: a. Discern the military dimensions of a challenge affecting national interest; frame the issue at the policy level; and recommend viable military options within the overarching frameworks of globally integrated operations. b. Anticipate and lead rapid adaptation and innovation during a dynamic period of acceleration in the rate of change in warfare under the conditions of great power competition and disruptive technology. c. Conduct joint warfighting, at the operational to strategic levels, as all- domain, globally integrated warfare, including the ability to integrate allied and partner contributions. d. Are strategically-minded warfighters or applied strategists who can execute and adapt strategy through campaigns and operations; and e. Demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills, interpersonal skills, and effective written, verbal, and visual communications skills to support the development and implementation of strategies and complex operations. //BREAK// I know the status quo is to hate on the Air Force, but PME is a CJCS managed program that is mandated by the Goldwater-Nichols act. It isn’t going anywhere any time soon. ACSC in-correspondence is useless unless the Air Force gives you time to really study and learn the material. Beyond that complaint, you aren’t going to promote to O-5 without ACSC, and there is very little the AF can do about it. There is honor in staying in the squadron, flying, avoiding PME, and retiring as an O-4 as long as you understand that you are limiting your opportunities for advancement in the larger AF and joint communities.
  6. Welcome back. General aviation is great. Come on in...the water is fine.
  7. This was a response to the Iranian missile attacks in Iraq last year and the realization that you can throw a rock from Iran to AUAB.
  8. So this might be simplistic, but... Just write down what you would be happy doing. You are volunteering - you aren’t being forced into service. No career field is going to want to keep you if you aren’t a happy/willing member of it. If all you want to do is fly, just write that down and see what happens. - CE guy who was medically DQed from flying. I love what I do.
  9. I don’t know what this means, but I am sure it should be in the next PME curriculum rollout. 😂🍺
  10. I had a 140 for close to 15 years. The pros are that it is a simple, reliable, and “cheap” certified airplane. My wife and I flew it everywhere until our second kiddo came along. It was slow as all get out, but I really enjoyed it. If I was looking for four plus seats, I would definitely do another Cherokee, ideally an Arrow, 235, or 6 for more load and speed unless I had enough money to buy and operate a nice Bonanza. An Archer or 1973 and later 180 (or 72 and later Arrow) have significantly more room in the back. Shoot me a message if you have any specific questions. I can talk about Cherokees longer than most people want to listen.
  11. I owned a Cherokee for 15 years that we flew all over the country until I had to sell for an OCONUS PCS. My only advice is to don’t overbuy, especially if you are going certified. If 90% of your flying is going to be for fun in the local area, save yourself the $ and heartache of having a turbocharger, retract, etc. For the other 10% of your flying, pack some extra coffee and cookies for the times when you are bucking a headwind at 120 knots and enjoy the ride. Fast is awesome, but there are some great things to see in America down low and slow. If you need to go fast with only two seats, buy a RV and don’t look back.
  12. Complaining about having nothing to complain about...saltiness level: expert
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