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(Military.com)   Reduced flying hours from budget cuts causes Air Force pilots to leave the military. Apparently, pilots feel if they are going to be grounded, they might as well work for JetBlue   (military.com ) divider line
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991 clicks; posted to Business » on 18 Nov 2013 at 10:57 AM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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vpb [TotalFark]
2013-11-18 09:03:02 AM  
Well, I guess we'll just have to let the Saudis and Israelis sort Iran out then.
 
2013-11-18 09:24:05 AM  
Oh quit yer biatchin, you still get a fifth of US budget.  If you can't get by on that, you suck.
 
2013-11-18 11:04:30 AM  
I am really having a hard time feeling sorry for the pilots. The exact thing has happened after EVERY war that the United States has fought in during the last 70 years. Look at WWII alone!
 
2013-11-18 11:24:17 AM  
This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has watched their direction for any amount of time.
 
2013-11-18 11:45:42 AM  
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2013-11-18 12:04:28 PM  
TFA highlights that the Air Force spends 40% of its budget on personnel. A big chunk of that is TRICARE. And yet I know of so many military folk who are "rugged individualists" who hate Obamacare and think universal healthcare is unAmerican and bad because socialism.

Gee, I wonder what could take the costs of TRICARE off the Air Force's budget?
 
2013-11-18 12:07:00 PM  

EvilEgg: Oh quit yer biatchin, you still get a fifth of US budget.  If you can't get by on that, you suck.



total DoD budget is 59% of the whole pie.   that's good money there.
 
2013-11-18 12:08:18 PM  

verbaltoxin: TFA highlights that the Air Force spends 40% of its budget on personnel. A big chunk of that is TRICARE. And yet I know of so many military folk who are "rugged individualists" who hate Obamacare and think universal healthcare is unAmerican and bad because socialism.

Gee, I wonder what could take the costs of TRICARE off the Air Force's budget?



they hate Obamacare because they are ignorant and brainwashed by their Owners.
 
2013-11-18 12:09:12 PM  
Drones don't need Tricare, right?
 
2013-11-18 12:51:26 PM  
So what.  I'm sure they will be happy earning $19,000 a year flying for a regional.
 
2013-11-18 04:13:52 PM  

mrlewish: So what.  I'm sure they will be happy earning $19,000 a year flying for a regional.


depends on their situation i think...for the relatively junior guys you are right...but many pilots left airlines to go (back) into the military and received waivers fromt he sirlines to maintain their seniority.  I know of two guys who USAIR has just told they will not waive their seniority position anymore because of the large amount of pilots retiring...so those two are getting out to go back to work rather than lose their position in line.
 
2013-11-18 04:51:21 PM  
Generally, one joins the military to do something.
When the military tells you you can't do what you singed up to do, You generally tell the military to fark off.

I joined to kill terrorists.
I ended up telling them to fark off.

Pussies.
 
2013-11-18 05:03:28 PM  

verbaltoxin: TFA highlights that the Air Force spends 40% of its budget on personnel. A big chunk of that is TRICARE. And yet I know of so many military folk who are "rugged individualists" who hate Obamacare and think universal healthcare is unAmerican and bad because socialism.

Gee, I wonder what could take the costs of TRICARE off the Air Force's budget?


They EARNED their free medical care, dagnabit!
 
2013-11-18 06:43:23 PM  

vudukungfu: Generally, one joins the military to do something.
When the military tells you you can't do what you singed up to do, You generally tell the military to fark off.

I joined to kill terrorists.
I ended up telling them to fark off.

Pussies.


One joins the military to follow orders. No wonder you're out.
 
2013-11-18 07:21:46 PM  

johnny_vegas: mrlewish: So what.  I'm sure they will be happy earning $19,000 a year flying for a regional.

depends on their situation i think...for the relatively junior guys you are right...but many pilots left airlines to go (back) into the military and received waivers fromt he sirlines to maintain their seniority.  I know of two guys who USAIR has just told they will not waive their seniority position anymore because of the large amount of pilots retiring...so those two are getting out to go back to work rather than lose their position in line.


This. The airlines are about to explode in hiring. People out on military leave/furlough have to make a decision whether to stay military to go back to civilian flying.

Air travel is going to be VERY different inside of 5 years. Much less frequency and higher ticket prices. If there is somewhere you want to go, I suggest go sooner rather than later.
 
2013-11-18 08:24:50 PM  
On the one hand, it's good having a younger experienced pilot at the helm of the 767.  On the other hand, it's a little unnerving when he does a strafing run over O'Hare.
 
2013-11-18 09:19:48 PM  

runwiz: On the one hand, it's good having a younger experienced pilot at the helm of the 767.  On the other hand, it's a little unnerving when he does a strafing run over O'Hare.


I'd pay for the extra fee covering strafing runs and buzzing the tower.
 
2013-11-18 09:23:34 PM  

mcreadyblue: verbaltoxin: TFA highlights that the Air Force spends 40% of its budget on personnel. A big chunk of that is TRICARE. And yet I know of so many military folk who are "rugged individualists" who hate Obamacare and think universal healthcare is unAmerican and bad because socialism.

Gee, I wonder what could take the costs of TRICARE off the Air Force's budget?

They EARNED their free medical care, dagnabit!


Ain't nothing "free" about it. While considerably less expensive than comparable civilian plans, military doctors and other medical professionals make about one-third that of their average civilian counterparts, military patients cannot sue the hospital, personnel or service, and the system does not seek to make a profit. Except for the service member him or herself we pay premiums to get health care.

www.thefiscaltimes.com
 
2013-11-18 10:33:39 PM  

johnny_vegas: mrlewish: So what.  I'm sure they will be happy earning $19,000 a year flying for a regional.

depends on their situation i think...for the relatively junior guys you are right...but many pilots left airlines to go (back) into the military and received waivers fromt he sirlines to maintain their seniority.  I know of two guys who USAIR has just told they will not waive their seniority position anymore because of the large amount of pilots retiring...so those two are getting out to go back to work rather than lose their position in line.


Not only this, but the guys coming out with a bit of time under their belt won't have much trouble getting hired for a major airline instead of going through the regional game. If somebody's been flying C-17, KC-135, KC-10 and possibly C-130 missions for long enough, they'll beat out a guy that's been flying a ERJ-145 for a regional simply because they have all of their experience flying big metal on long missions.

Every military pilot I came into contact with (and the sample size is pretty large) will tell you if you want to go straight to the major airlines after the military, choose cargo or tankers over fighters. Not as fun to fly, but you get more hours, and you're flying aircraft that are similar in size and flight profiles to what they'll experience in the civilian world as a pilot.
 
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