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Old 05-05-2010, 04:55 PM   #21
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I spent 20 in the active Air Force. I thought about getting out and going the reserve/airline route, but just seemed to be overcome by events. Looking back I can see I chose the job over promotion. I managed to stay in the cockpit for 20 years! Only staff assignment included flying. Also looking back, I can see if I had chosen the airline route I would have been laid off at least once, most likely twice, and would have had to relocate several times to stay with a reserve unit. Also at least 4 of the airlines of the times are no longer with us, and several of the pension programs are defunct.

Interesting point about Air Force Reserves is they change air craft and sometimes not for the better. Ellington went from F-16 to Predators. The F-16's moved to San Antonio and I am not sure how many of the pilots made the switch.
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Heck, if the Navy had permanently transferred spouse & me to Monterey then I'd never have retired... I would have been so grateful that I would have even attended more classes.
I never went to PG School but I had a reasonably pleasant year nearby at the Presidio of Monterey studying a language which I have almost totally lost.
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I never went to PG School but I had a reasonably pleasant year nearby at the Presidio of Monterey studying a language which I have almost totally lost.
We drove through there to/from Pacific Grove almost every day.

I enjoyed the DLI t-shirts. On the front they'd say (in huge letters): "We're studying Russian..." (or whatever language) and on the back they'd conclude "... so that you don't have to."
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DLI here also, French! Not much left!
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I enjoyed the DLI t-shirts. On the front they'd say (in huge letters): "We're studying Russian..." (or whatever language) and on the back they'd conclude "... so that you don't have to."
A few years ago we were in California visiting relatives and we made a side trip to Monterey. I went to the Presidio for a visit and bought one of those t-sheers. I still wear it to the gym.
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Yes Nords, I just got back online and read this - my current voluntary recall (recruiting) might end up like that one (only looking at 10 years - not his 28!) Reserve duty allows you to be flexible - and you really are there by choice as a reservist. My 20 year letter is safe, so if I get fed up, sayonara! (but the handcuffs are pretty soft and fuzzy!)
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