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  1. So to that end, with 2.5 since you get wings at the end of T6 now (correct me if I'm wrong) does that commitment still start at winging, or at the end of UPT? Unless end of T6 is considered end of UPT now at the 2.5 bases.
  2. Mine was scheduled in 2020...so might be a bit better now. But it was about a month to hear, then a three month wait to go.
  3. I boarded three times, applied four times. The date I have listed here was the board I got hired on. I started taking the tests while I was still in college, and didnt board for the first time until 2017 if I remember correctly.
  4. Go guard! I'm not saying straight up forget about fighters, but give the heavy units a chance. You'd likely get quite a few interviews. I'd at least give a heavy squadron a visit and see what it's all about. Start shooting out applications if you haven't already. Are there AD rated board dates out already? They cancelled a few this year, so just be aware of that.
  5. Thats a long time to pay someone who isn't providing the company anything. I get what you're saying, but also understand it from the companies side.
  6. Go for what you want. I applied and one base, because that's where I wanted to fly. If you start running out of time, then cast a wider net. The beauty of the guard is that you have the opportunity to be choosy, so exhaust that opportunity.
  7. I work for an automotive supplier, and some recent events have indicated director level management is going to be looking at increasing international travel to get more eyes on things in our plants around the world. Sometimes just having a fresh set of eyes on things makes a world of difference.
  8. Agreed. Second one was meh.
  9. The lack of a south park season, with so much happening over the last year, is sad.
  10. Off the street hire at a Guard Tanker Unit. May 2021 Update: inching closer. again....again......almost there. AFOQT/TBAS: July 2016 Board: November 2019 Hired: November 2019 MEPS: Passed April 2020 amid the 'rona outbreak. Enlistment: June 2020. FC1: September 29, 2020 FC1 Stamped Approved: November 2020 NGB approval: March 2021 OTS: August 2021 UPT: ??? FTU: ???
  11. Does this apply to guard or strictly reserves?
  12. If you live close to your base, its in your best interest to enlist and start going to drill. It counts towards your time in service so any extra you can get will only benefit you. And it's usually a chill weekend getting paid.
  13. Peter builds some pretty cool stuff. Smart dude, but too relaxed about the test phase sometimes. Hopefully there is more behind the scenes. Still cool though.
  14. I didn't think it was all that bad. It wasn't the Ritz, but not bad. The restaurant attached to it wasn't bad either. I think I got coupons to use for it from the front desk. If you golf, bring your clubs. There are courses on and near base. Something to do in the afternoons.
  15. I can agree with that. Which is why I believe it makes a damn good substitute for the time being, and even still a replacement for some people. It just depends on your location, and driving situation. Certainly not a replacement by any means quite yet.
  16. That's what I mean. The problem here is convenience. I'll agree it's not convenient to have to spend time charging on a long road trip, due to current tech. But I wouldn't say the tech isn't ready. Electric will likely never "refill" as fast as gasoline. That's a known factor going into EVs. Don't like it, then dont buy an EV. If you plan for it, or take a non EV on long trips, it's no longer an issue. If you purchase an EV and it's your only vehicle, that's something you need to think about if you plan on driving long distances.
  17. The tech isn't ready or the people aren't ready? I dont necessarily want to add 2.5 hrs to an already 14 hr drive either, but it's a known factor when getting into electric cars. If 90% of your driving is less than 40 miles a day, you dont have this issue hardly ever, and can charge overnight at home. I think the real issue is expectations vs reality. Most people realize that the energy density of gasoline in higher, and it's nearly impossible to recharge an EV at the same speeds it takes to refill a gas tank in a normal car. As it stands, EVs are not perfect XC vehicles. Short trips are where they excel. It's like buying a 172 and expecting it to fly across the country without stopping like a jet.
  18. Or you can just plan a route that takes you past supercharger stations right? Will definitely add time to the trip, but its an option.
  19. Make sure you check to see if you're allowed to bring boats from other states wherever you go. Sometimes places have laws against this as to not cross contaminate invasive species or something. And try to figure out a storage location.
  20. My local Class D was like this for most of the covid times during 2020. It was weird turning the lights on myself and making pattern calls there, but it was pretty cool. They're pretty much back to normal ops now though as far as the tower goes.
  21. Ahh gotcha. I had never heard of having to retorque on head studs. Aluminum heads? I had steel (class rule) so maybe that makes a difference. After break in makes sense to me though. Nothing like firing up a new engine for that initial break in. New to me! I had some aftermarket stuff too, but I dont remember them requiring any re-torquing. But they also didn't have a dedicated stud kit. I wonder if that's just a stud kit thing in general?
  22. Agreed, but people want fuel economy, and naturally aspirated and electronically controlled shifting are how we get there. That and it's just easier to adjust how a car runs throughout the year, i.e. in the cold months or something similar. There just isn't a demand for manual cars anymore, so it doesn't make sense from a manufacturing standpoint. They used to be cheaper to make, but with lower demand, it's simply more expensive to tool up a line for such a low volume. But that's why we build cars! It's not dirt cheap, but building a SBC can be incredibly economical (relatively). Sure you could dump a lot of money into a SBC, but if you want something that sounds aggressive and puts out decent power, it's not all that expensive really. For a fun sunday driver, anything north of 400HP is overkill honestly. Not that I wouldn't want more HP myself haha.
  23. Not that it would have solved the problem, or maybe it would have, but just for added coolness since you're not putting out wicked high HP (still a good amount though), there are some fairly economical head stud kits out there. I found one that was significantly cheaper than an ARP head stud kit, and was very impressed with the quality of it.
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