AF Offers Bonuses to Intel Officers

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  1. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator Moderator Founding Member

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  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Wow…… it really is corporate in the AF.
     
  3. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Lay off people, then scramble to keep the ones you didn't lay off.
    Sounds like the AF. :bang:
     
  4. aglages

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    I interpret it differently. After selectively downsizing this group to the required strength, the Air Force now wants to ensure they keep the remaining "high-performing Airmen in mission critical skills and competitive categories". They have selected the officers that they want to keep....and now they are encouraging these officers to extend their service by offering them CSRBs. Would the AF have been better off keeping the lower performing officers and offering them a chance to keep their jobs by extending without a bonus? Spending the same (or more) money training new intelligence officers to take the places of those that might otherwise leave?
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Yeah, that's not really the feeling I've gotten from any of my Zoomie buddies. The general concensus is "cut positions to pay for aircraft.... and then realize you've cut too many."

    My AF PAO buddy who was forced from AD to reserves, said they had shirts made that said "This airman paid for the wheel of an F-22" or something to that effect.

    The result? Nearly 50% of the DINFOS PAQC classes are Air Force because they had to increase their number again. The remaining 50% of the class is Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Yeah I would say that's a pretty common appreciation for the System. You really have to have very little (or no) experience with the realities of the OERs of any service,and military personnel management policies to believe that the service targets the "right" people for elimination and is now simply rewarding those "cream of the crop" members whom it retained. More likely-they knee jerk in one direction and now are jerking in the other direction. And it would surprise no one if 18 months from now they are separating some of the people that they paid bonuses to this month.
     
  8. nick4060

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    Its a lot more simple than folks are making it out to be. The 14N career field is undermanned in majors and senior captains (2004-2007), and overmanned in junior captains and lieutenants (2009-2012). The AF is looking to retain 14Ns in certain year groups and draw down in others as an attempt to counter the bathtub effect that is a constant in our career field.

    Bottom line: too many experienced intelligence officers are separating, and you can't replace them simply by bringing in droves of inexperienced intelligence officers.
     
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    Sounds at though you may have some actual experience in AF intelligence. Do you have first hand knowledge of the current Air Force 14N career field? Perhaps some are utilizing unrelated or outdated knowledge to attempt to guess the motives for this decision.
     
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    I don't work at AFPC, so I cannot claim first-hand experience as to what decision-making processes are in use there. But I have been in the 14N career field for a couple of years now and can speak with first-hand knowledge of manning levels and force reduction/retention programs.
     

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