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  1. Currently 3/4 of the way through the OLMP Joint Warfare concentration and a few notes on the current status of the program: 1. The ASU platform is way better than the AU-ran Blackboard. Shocking what happens when the AF just uses a commercially available platform. 2. I've had a wide range of types of instructors from AD mil, retired mil, civilian PhDs, and some that I am confused as to how they found themselves in the adjunct professor for officer PME role. Generally decent instructors, although the instructors have a lot less to do with it than the other students, which brings me to my next point... 3. They need to figure out a way to balance out the classes with backgrounds. WAY too many civilians who have never worn a uniform and clearly only know about the subject we're discussing from the readings that week. I saw that mentioned earlier in the thread and that has definitely not changed. In all of my classes so far there were maybe 1 or 2 other ops types, and it makes discussing joint warfare a little difficult when the lady from A&FRC is one of the students. This program definitely needs to be advertised better to the ops community. 4. If you have any ops background at all you're already going to be ahead of your peers. Most of the other students in the class don't have the slightest clue what is going on and really struggle with the warfighting concepts. 5. It's as much work as you want it to be. For discussion post weeks I normally find a few articles related to my assigned post, skim, pick a few points out and write the post. My formula has been two sources from the readings, one source I found on my own, and one small vignette from personal experience. I save all my discussion posts in a Word doc and use those to write my papers. 6. With the exception of three books I bought for the research class, everything else has been provided online and there is no requirement to buy any books. They give you all the readings then you can supplement your papers with any of the online military journals. 7. Hindsight being 20/20, I would have enrolled in the leadership program as a Capt, done nothing but the core curriculum, then transferred to the Joint Warfare concentration once I had my line number. If you're a Capt out there and need your Masters, this is 100% the route I would take. I have actually learned some things in the classes I've taken that have helped at work. 8. It's a really good deal if your life can support going to school. No ADSC, no cost to you, and you can get JPME I knocked out.
  2. I’m on day 25 of a TDY, VPN has been enough so far. We’ll see what happens when I hit 30.
  3. The proposed FY21 NDAA takes it a step further, striking the "may" prioritize promotion lists based on merit and replacing it with "shall."
  4. 43X was a CCW game changer for me. I used to carry either a G19 with a Surefire XC1 or a S&W 360 .357 snub depending on what I was wearing. Now I only carry the 43X, with the Shield Arms mags I have 15+1 in a single stack width pistol. The picture has the 15 rounders in the gun and mag pouch and the other two are the regular 15s with the Shield Arms +5 extension. There’s a railed version of the 43X coming out soon that Surefire just released some mini lights for, not sure if I want to pick the railed version up or not yet.
  5. Combat Readiness Medal isn't automatic, request has to be submitted in vPC. Not sure about the Navy time as it's supposed to be an "AF-Designated Weapons System" listed on AFPD 10-9. I'm sure you could get it approved/waived somehow depending on how much effort you want to put into it.
  6. I have both. The Massif is fairly hefty, I don't wear that one too much unless I'm going to be outside for a while and it's pretty cold/windy. I'm in between a L/L and a M/L on that one but sized up for layering underneath it. Sizing chart they have is pretty accurate. The ECWCS is a decent jacket for a USGI item. It's pretty thin but does a decent job blocking wind. Breathes better than the waterproof ECWCS jacket and was what I wore for most of the past winter in northern VA. Packs down fairly small so it's easy to keep in a bag.
  7. 435th at Ramstein has a handful of J-code billets for their airfield assessment UTC and the cop UTC.
  8. I was in the East Coast CRG from 2015-2018. It was the best assignment I've had so far. First, the CRW has three total groups - one Air Mobility Advisory Group and two CRGs (one per coast). The AMAG has two Air Mobility Operations Sqs, two Mobility Support Advisory Sqs, and the Mobility Support Ops Sq. AMOS is the deployable AMD for AOC augmentation. MSAS is the Air Advisor/BPC mission, with the West Coast having an AOR of SOUTHCOM and the East Coast having AFRICOM. MSOS is the home of all but 2-3 of the AMLOs, they are spread out at ~40 OLs. I can't speak to the day to day routine for the AMAG squadrons, but when you're in garrison is usually pretty relaxed business hours. The CRGs have three squadrons - two operational and one support squadron (CRSS). I did time in both of the operational squadrons on the East Coast in a couple flight CC roles. I was on the road A TON for both exercises and real-world deployments but I'm a pretty low-density skillset (I'm not a pilot) so I got tapped for a lot of trips, more than the rated bubbas. Garrison schedule was usually pretty laid back, PT time every morning and into the office by 9:30 or so and I was usually gone by 4:30-5:00 unless there was mission planning happening. The rated guys rotated through a few positions in the squadron, usually a flight CC job to start and then group training or stan eval or a wing position. Deployed positions for them were CRE Ops Officer and CRE Commander. CRE = Contingency Response Element, about a 60-80 person team normally led by a rated O-4/5 as the CRE/CC and usually two O-3/4 CRE/DOs. Rated also have the opportunity to get LZSO certified so that opens the door up for LZ trips. You'll get a lot of experience leading enlisted earlier than you'd probably get elsewhere. A CRS is ~180 folks with ~12 officers total. The worst part about it is probably the Joint Task Force - Port Opening alert mission. Each of the 4 operational squadrons rotates taking it for ~3 months at a crack and during that point your travel is somewhat restricted, but it's not terrible to find a replacement for a weekend if you want to take leave. With the exception of the Sq/CCs the rated folks got to fly. A lot of them were attached at the units they came from and the squadron paid for them to go TDY every other month or so to go fly. Some of the C-17/C-5 bros who were attached at the 6th or at Dover picked up actual trips. It really comes down to what job you're doing and how time consuming it is, but most maintained pretty basic quals. Happy to answer any questions.
  9. Underneath 17 layers of clothes, you can find a diamond in the rough here in Madison. Bascom Hill in May = target rich environment.
  10. Yeah, it's possible, you'd have to check out what they call express scholarships. They're for certain types of engineering and nursing majors. I am none of the above so I do not claim to be an expert about it, but I know that if you meet some GPA requirements and take the PFA and whatnot, then they'll hook you up. Not sure if anything has happened with this since they've been cutting everything else lately, but it's definitely worth checking out. Also, if you would transfer your 5th year why not transfer now? I know you've written about the commute being a problem. What the others have been saying about OTS is true. It's very difficult to get a pilot slot out of OTS, because of how competitive it is. You're looking at a GPA in the high 3s for starters, and there are a lot of applicants that fit those criteria. It is way easier to get a pilot slot through ROTC than OTS. If you're really set on being an AF pilot, your best bet is to bite the bullet and do ROTC because that's going to give you by far the best chance at it.
  11. They don't offer extended Field Training anymore. You have to have taken both 100 and 200 level AS courses before you can go. The website doesn't reflect any of the changes that have occurred this year (extended FT, 2 year program, PDTs). As for doing the two year program, you most likely can't. They aren't approving 2 semester POC anymore, so you have to spend a full two years as a POC. The fastest you could do ROTC these days is 3 years, and even that's unlikely with how competitive FT slots have become. Check into it though, as I'm not the UAO at the Det near you.
  12. We had a guy get bumped to the pilot list too. so it's definitely happening.
  13. Agreed. I thought it was a good lesson for everyone.
  14. You're putting the cart way before the horse here. You're getting worked up about stuff that doesn't matter until you are a frosh in college. I had to have shoulder surgery my senior year of HS after I tore my rotator cuff and labrum (sp?) after I had accepted a scholarship (I was offered a scholarship in August prior to my senior year) and when I contacted my Det about what I needed to do for them, they said they didn't have anything to do with it until I signed the contract, and that doesn't happen until within one week of school starting. The only thing they did for me was fax the paperwork from the doctor to Maxwell instead of me mailing it because that got it more attention and got it pushed through faster than it would have had I mailed it. Basically what I am saying is that nothing matters until you are enrolled in AFROTC your freshman year. Until that point, they don't have anything to do with you. Just keep doing what you are doing, apply for the scholarship and whatnot, enroll in the program, and worry about it then. They will help you get waivers if you need them, just hold on until then.
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