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Hello all, I searched through the threads but couldn’t find any recent information.

Now that I received TFOT dates, I’m trying to give my current employer an estimated timeline of my absence.

Can anyone give recent info on how long seasoning is based on experience or through the grapevine?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

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These kids today. Some of our recent returning punks were given 1000 days of seasoning orders. Can you believe that shit? Not sure when that little change occurred but in my day, we were lucky to have just about a year of seasoning orders. 

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These kids today. Some of our recent returning punks were given 1000 days of seasoning orders. Can you believe that shit? Not sure when that little change occurred but in my day, we were lucky to have just about a year of seasoning orders. 


Must be for pointy boyzzz cus us ole heavy bastards get 120-180 days (on a good administration). Few years back when they were cutting the fat any and every way possible, bros only got about 30 days.


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Used to be 2 sets of 265 day orders, which is more like 1.5 years.  You can easily stretch that out to 2.5-3 years if you do UTA/AFTPs between sets of orders.  Some line it up so you use up one years worth of UTA/AFTP at the end of the FY, then roll right into the next FY and use up as many of those UTA/AFTPs, before starting your next set of orders.  Throw in a deployment order in there and it's pretty easy to get to 3 years if you want. 


Something to consider...  I can count on one hand, and have a few fingers left over, the number of guys who actually went back to their jobs post seasoning.  That's over 15 years of sending between 1 and 3 studs every year to pilot training.  I get it if you're in a highly specialized field, otherwise I wouldn't sweat it too much...5 years is a good WAG.

 

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Used to be 2 sets of 265 day orders, which is more like 1.5 years.  You can easily stretch that out to 2.5-3 years if you do UTA/AFTPs between sets of orders.  Some line it up so you use up one years worth of UTA/AFTP at the end of the FY, then roll right into the next FY and use up as many of those UTA/AFTPs, before starting your next set of orders.  Throw in a deployment order in there and it's pretty easy to get to 3 years if you want. 

Something to consider...  I can count on one hand, and have a few fingers left over, the number of guys who actually went back to their jobs post seasoning.  That's over 15 years of sending between 1 and 3 studs every year to pilot training.  I get it if you're in a highly specialized field, otherwise I wouldn't sweat it too much...5 years is a good WAG.
 

Seems like fighters have it good after UPT. I’m heavies (C-17) and really hope to be a full-timer after seasoning.
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Guard 60G dude here. I got ~280 days (8 months). Used to be a year but it got shaved down a year ago. Word I got was that everybody wanted seasoning days (Finance/support/etc) and so they've been cutting into our allocation. Also, apparently TDYs cut into your total MEST days, so there's that. But at least in our unit we haven't been short ADOS for a long time so it's been good for the traditionals for a long while.

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Welcome to the Guard! Each local franchise will tell give you a different answer, and that will continue until the day you hang it up. For seasoning, I’ve seen everything from no days to like 8 months plus. And everyone has a different interpretation of what’s allowed (TDYs, etc.).

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