"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Download PSDM 13-130 Here - Air Force Officer RIF/VSP

After putting the word out, it didn't take long for somebody to send me the PSDM 13-130 that I asked about yesterday.  Apparently it wasn't "supposed" to be released already, but it was - just not to everybody so they could all make informed decisions.  That's a foul.

Unlike PSDM 13-131, this PSDM is not marked For Official Use Only (FOUO) so you can download the document here.

NOTE: The 24 Jan 14 updated "official" PSDM 13-130 has been released, is still not FOUO, and can be downloaded here.

Sadly, the Case of "Officers Being Treated Worse Than Those They Lead" has been solved, and what the evidence shows is that the Air Force is in fact giving enlisted folks TERA if it boots them out with more than fifteen years, but it is NOT giving TERA to officers it boots out with more than fifteen years.

That is a serious double standard.  I don't have the energy right now to delve into a policy where those who shoulder the burden of a commission are not treated in the same manner as the enlisted members they were responsible to lead.  Not today anyway, but I hope to tackle it in another post.  But while I'm glad that enlisted folks with more than fifteen years are rightfully given a partial retirement before being shown the door after decades of war, this policy not also being applied to officers is a double standard that definitely deserves a double facepalm.

The bottom line appears to be this...  Serving as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force merits less than serving as an enlisted member.  We truly are in an Alice in Wonderland world.

Amazing times we live in.

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