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Old November 07, 2018, 08:56   #1
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Why I changed my handle here...

For those who happened to notice, I changed my screen name on here. I was 'Capt D'. But that name rings hollow now, as on a cold day back in Jan 2016, the Colonel sat me down and proceeded to tell me that, outside of his control, the board elected to deny my promo to Major Complete gut punch, especially since that meant the end of my AF career, which spanned barely 11 years at that point -- I'd fully intended to run the gamut and retire at 20. What's worse, is the following year, the AF complained publicly they didn't have enough field grade officers across the ranks, then proceeded to promote 100% of candidates. Dude. You just forced one out the door that wanted to be there

So, I've worked a shitty dispatch job for the past year (I got nothing against dispatchers... I just don't 'do civilian' all that well) and have truly hated life. I'm back in Louisiana (again, nothing against this area, I just hate it) in a generally undesirable situation. All this, in addition to my wife leaving and taking my son, just after the AF booted my a$$. We may work it out, but she really needs to work on her f***ng timing

See, this past Jan I decided to apply to the Warrant Officer reappointment board, for the Army. Then, in Sep I got the notification that I'd gotten the appointment :woohoo: Still awaiting my security clearance (that's a long story, but it involves the AF screwing me again), but I'll be back in uniform soon enough. Some are aware that Warrants are generally addressed as 'Chief {name}'. Since I value this place (the FFiles) so highly, I thought it suitable to attach something that symbolizes something positive to me, hence my deciding to ask Gary to make the change. Thus, I'd just like to re-introduce myself
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Old November 07, 2018, 09:10   #2
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Old November 07, 2018, 09:15   #3
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Congratulations. So, you will be a Chief Warrant Officer? What grade? What is your expertise?
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Old November 07, 2018, 09:25   #4
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Old November 07, 2018, 09:27   #5
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So you quit the AF because they wouldn't give you a promotion to Col?
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Old November 07, 2018, 09:32   #6
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Congratulations Chief! I think it’s a very good career move. With 11 years of military service, you’re downhills from there to military retirement. Thanks for your continued service.
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Old November 07, 2018, 09:55   #7
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Congrats on sliding over to a Real Service. Now, being a Warrant, you're required to grow a mustache completely out of regs and go NOWHERE without a cup of coffee (or SOMETHING) in your hand. You're not required to attend any formations or "mandatory" functions, and MUST be "somewhere else" 80% of the time.

HOWEVER, in order to deserve these things, you must make miracles happen in your respective field. I once was in a bind and for various reasons NEEDED a Humvee (looooong story!) and was in a pretty good pickle. Chief heard about the issue and somehow, a brand new Humvee (minus data plates) appeared. LOL
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Old November 07, 2018, 10:00   #8
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Oh goody, a thread to goof on the Warrants.



You ready to build that safari rifle yet?
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Old November 07, 2018, 10:03   #9
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Dude. You just forced one out the door that wanted to be there
CATCH-22 should be mandatory reading for anyone considering the USAF, and strongly suggested before any .mil service.

The enemy," retorted Yossarian with weighted precision, "is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on, and that includes Colonel Cathcart. And don't you forget that, because the longer you remember it, the longer you might live.”

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Old November 07, 2018, 10:18   #10
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Good for you Art! I am glad to hear things are turning your way.
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Old November 07, 2018, 10:23   #11
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Well,

Having worked with many, many, many, Warrant and Chief Warrant Officers you wont be a Chief Warrant Officer until CW2. WO1 is considered a probationary position. I loved me some Warrants but damn they can be some catty bitches.

Have fun at WOC school at FT Rucker.

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Old November 07, 2018, 11:25   #12
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hope you don't get "RIFed" again!
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Old November 07, 2018, 11:37   #13
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Old November 07, 2018, 11:52   #14
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Keep fightin', Chief.
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Old November 07, 2018, 11:59   #15
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Congratulations on the Warrant. It all woks out in the end and your prior time will count as to pay. You will probably wind up retiring making the same as you would have staying AF.

Only down side is the Army bases golf courses are not as nice.

This from one that was raised on Air Force bases and retiring as a Army LtCol.
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Old November 07, 2018, 12:38   #16
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Congrats on the new position. Hope it is the catalyst you need to get back on top.

Warrants beat commissions any day of the week.

Here's to more FALs and L1A1s in your collection.
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Old November 07, 2018, 12:53   #17
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Have fun at WOC school! He he… should be an interesting environment for an ex-Air Force officer.

.i.e.... you will be treated like an Army private. Make sure you are in shape before you go. It isn't especially challenging mentally or physically, you mainly learn how to roll with the typical military BS punches. Being physically fit helps take the edge off and deal with lack of sleep.
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Old November 07, 2018, 13:18   #18
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Congrats on the new position. Hope it is the catalyst you need to get back on top.

Warrants beat commissions any day of the week.

Here's to more FALs and L1A1s in your collection.
Army WOs have commissions after CW3.

Chief, welcome to the club!
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Old November 07, 2018, 14:50   #19
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From a lowly USMC E-5 (med retired)

WO's are either totally lazy shitbags or they walk on water.
I think you won't be the former, so... Cheers.
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