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  1. In case any of you part-timers out there want to waste your time trying to participate in our democracy, there's a link to contact your reps at the top of the page: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2953 H.R. 2953: Aviation Incentive Pay Parity Act To amend title 37, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of a military department to pay an officer in a reserve component of a uniformed service aviation incentive pay at the same rate as an officer in the regular component of that uniformed service.
  2. Temporary duty to a location where ACM is unable to fly.
  3. Units may frown on missing drill weekends, but as long as you can get your weapons qual and PT test done, there's not much that can't be more easily done during the week than on drill weekends, especially flying, which is big for a part-timer. Most of my unit's training on weekends is individual level training which more easily done during the week. Unless your unit is doing legit collective training on the weekends, then drill is a waste of your time, especially if your spouse is home while you play Army. If you're out of town because of your civilian job and aren't available to fly, then you can prorate your minimums down. Since I work a hitch schedule, that cuts my requirements down to a more reasonable ~50 hours a year, which I easily make. I got pretty tired of giving up all my free time; half of it doing the facility's job for them, the other half just flying for the sake of putting in the hours.
  4. Some states deploy more than others, depends on how many full birds there are volunteering for deployments; dwell ratio for the reserve component is supposed to be 5:1. Army deployments generally mean you go for the whole 9 months, no rotations, and for reserve component it's closer to 12 with mob and de-mob. That's a very good question to ask potential units when they're interviewing you (and vice versa). Another good question is who flexible the command is for those who don't work a 9-5 schedule. I find split training (coming in during the week instead of the scheduled drill weekend) to be a very efficient use of both my time and the unit's. You'll want to live close to the airfield, as it's a significant time investment. Minimums will be just shy of 100 hours a year, though technically since you'll be out of town for work you can prorate your minimums down, which I encourage you to do.
  5. Everything's a compromise in engineering. If you look at graphs of the sine and cosine you'll notice that as you rotate a bit from zero degrees, you get a lot of sine (vertical thrust) without losing much cosine (horizontal thrust). The vertical is also at a very convenient location, all the way at the tail, which lets you add payload aft of the M/R, in the case of the hawk: fuel, in other designs, passengers or cargo. It costs some weight in terms of structure and complexity, but in order to meet the C130 transport requirement that's what Sikorsky decided they needed to do. They were forced to add the stabilator during flight testing because the M/R couldn't do enough to compensate for the problems induced by the canted T/R.
  6. Ours is sometimes like that, usually if the mechanics did a 25 hr and greased the head. It shouldn't be stuck though. I put it back to neutral before I start it.
  7. Sorry for the revival, but does anyone know how many guys got their pink slip over the 58D divestiture? I don't mean to include the numerous folks in the other communities that were passed over and got out because their airframe was suddenly overstrength either, just the Kiowa guys that got a "thank you for your service" from the Army.
  8. Guard does use ARs. They have NGRs, but since you're going to the schoolhouse, ARs rule everything around you, dolla dolla bills y'all. The RA gives zero shits about the NGRs, which is a big reason why I'm working on that interservice transfer right now. Shout out to Rucker and TRADOC!
  9. AKARNG is very flexible with people who are a long-term good fit for the unit. Beggars can't be choosers and we don't have enough qualified applicants. Maybe CalGuard is having the same problem. Getting a flight school date can be tough, even if the unit is desperate. Go for both at the same time. There are no guarantees from the Guard and you'll need to pay the mortgage. If you get the job first, they have to hold your job while you're on mil orders at flight school. If you get the Guard first, if they won't pay the mortgage, go to where the work is. Ideally, though, you'll live within 30 minutes of the airfield.
  10. I'd get those applicants in to meet with your aviation units. It's pretty important for folks in the unit to have a little more influence over applicants, and it's a good way for applicants to get information straight from folks in the unit on what to expect.
  11. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p463.pdf Tax home, page 3. Regular place of duty. I don't think you need to pay CO income tax since you don't earn your money in CO. For state income taxes, this might help: https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2013/12/12/road-warrior-state-income-tax-laws-vary-widely
  12. Egypt is multinational observer mission. Used to be cool. VIP unit in Japan still? Med det in Italy still? VIP unit in Belgium. For all of these, you probably ain't heading there out of flight school. The best secret spot is Hondo, for sure, and you might actually get a slot straight outta Rucker.
  13. De jure, yes. De facto, not so much. They do have to comply... if they hire you. There are companies who won't hire you if you're guard because of problems they've had in the past. It won't be an official policy but you can bet your resume will end up round filed. The bigger issue is how much you are willing to twist the arm of the folks that pay your mortgage, when the issue is really that your guard unit accommodates the needs of their own full-timers over the majority of the unit, the part-timers. They are partially hamstrung by Army regulations and policies written with the active component in mind, but there's a lot of things that could make things easier on the drilling guardsmen.
  14. USCG is DOT, not DOD, so the DODI that covers IST isn't really applicable, and I don't know what would cover it.
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