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… in reference to a previous post here.  I’ve been on leave for the past week with little to no internet access.  So over the next few days, I’ll be catching up on all the happenings.

While I was on leave, I’ve been in touch with the assignments guys in an attempt to find out where I’ll be going next.  My huge dilemma from a few weeks ago seems to be all for naught: whether or not to extend in my current assignment or not.  All of my deliberating on this “huge” decision was pretty much a waste of my time.  It was made for me.

Apparently, the Air Force seems to be deliberating on whether or not to increase the ALO assignment from 2 to 3 years.  If this happens, I’ve been told that the 2-year assignment as ALO that I was initially promised will not be grandfathered, and I may face a 3-year tour.  In the interim, until the decision is made, they’ve slipped all ALOs 3-4 months in their current assignments.

Here’s where I stand: I’ve been extended, for sure, in my current assignment for 3-4 months.  So it looks like my December ’08 exit is now delayed until March ’09.  There’s no telling what the final decision will be, but best-case scenario I’ll be leaving back to the jet then.  Worst-case scenario, it won’t be until December ’09 until I get back to the jet again.  That would entail 2 more full-rotations to the desert.  Oh well, be it as it may.

I don’t mind extending.  I actually feel like I’m making a difference in my current job.  What really pisses me off are the broken promises:

  • Promise: If you volunteer for this (because as a pilot, a non-flying assignment is not a preferred choice), then we will promise you whatever base you want on the backside.
  • Fact: Our bad, we’re saturated.  The best we can offer you is “you can get back to the F-16.”
  • Promise: This assignment has the quickest turn-around time to get you back into the F-16.  Most assignments that your counterparts are facing are 3-year assignments.  If you volunteer for this, it is only a 2-year assignment and you will be back flying the F-16 (and gain experience) before those that choose the myriad of 3-year assignments.
  • Fact: Our bad again, we’re turning this into a 3-year assignment due to an increased manning requirement.  Not only will it affect all those getting the assignment, but it will also affect all those currently volunteered.  Even though you volunteered to man a non-flying slot with the promise of going back after 2 years, we’re going to go ahead and ask you to come in on Saturday… and the next 52 Saturdays and not fly as well.

Like I said, I don’t mind the job at all.  It’s been an eye-opener, that’s for sure.  It’s matured me, and other than not flying, all good has come out of it.  But the problem I have is that I was promised 2 things, and at this point it seems that both things have been re-neg’d on.

Lesson learned: see if I ever volunteer for anything again that promises good things down a long-term road.  From here on out, I’m set to take immediate gratification.  That seems to be the rules of the game I’ve found myself in anyway.

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