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Old 02-07-2009, 03:56 PM   #1
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Air Force encourages retired pilots to volunteer for recalls

Air Force offers recall program for rated officers

The rapid expansion of unmanned aircraft systems and other emerging missions and rated officer requirements has created an Air Force demand for experienced, rated officers.
Pilots, navigators, and air battle managers who retired as a lieutenant colonel or below, and who are younger than 60, may apply for the program. Officers recalled under this program will be used in myriad positions including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rated staff, and other rated requirements. Officers will be recalled for between 24 and 48 months depending upon the requirement.
I've never seen the Navy do this*, and if a retiree volunteer message went out to the submarine force then retired nukes would run away screaming in terror. Even active-duty nukes would get out for fear that things must be really bad to require bribing the old warhorses back on board. What's the reaction among you retired aviators?

*I know a retired Marine LCOL who volunteered to return to active duty for the second battle of Fallujah. He's an electrical engineer, and his job was to break the electrical grid at the start of the battle-- and then put it back together afterwards. Knowing him, he might still be on active duty.


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Old 02-07-2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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I am too old for this one. However, if I were in my 50's and depending on what they had in mind for a job, I might think about it. Like we said before, best job, worse job, being an air force pilot. If they were flying jobs, and you did not have to put up with the extra duty, promotion, get ahead bull sh*t, then maybe. There is nothing like flying the latest equipment and someone else pay for it.

Now if the job is flying UAV's in the back of a van somewhere in the middle of no where, or base ops officer in Thule Greenland, or any of the other garden spots we keep people, NO THANKS!

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What's the reaction among you retired aviators?
I'm an ex rather than retired aviator, but my first impression is the USAF brass must be much more sensitive to truth-in-disclosure laws than I remember. Something is sure spurring them to be very candid in stating what these folks will be doing once back on active duty:

Officers recalled under this program will be used...
I did see this back in the early 1980's when the post-Vietnam mass exodus of rated officers left the AF with a serious shortage of experience level. So many with 5 to 10 years experience left for greener pastures the AF began re-recruiting them. (I moved so many times they couldn't find me - I missed my opportunity to laugh maniacally tell them no thank you.)
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If things got so bad that the Navy was scraping the bottom of the barrel looking for my help, I would greatly fear for the safety of this country.
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Old 02-07-2009, 05:24 PM   #5
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You won't see my back in uniform anytime soon because the Navy is having a "continuation board" this September for any Chief (E-7) to Master Chief (E-9) with over 20 years of service. In otherwords, alot of them will get their "pink slip" forcing them to retire in 9 months.
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