"...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

Friday, December 27, 2013

Where in the World is PSDM 13-130?

People claim to have seen it.  They say so on the world wide web, so it must be true.  Some claim to have gotten it emailed to them by those in the know.  Others claim to have seen this mysterious document floating in a lake in Scotland, while still others swear they saw the tracks of this somewhat-important-to-folks guidance making huge foot prints deep in the woods.  It's all a huge mystery, and it's hard to separate fact from fiction, reality from conspiracy theory, because PSDM 13-130 still has not been uploaded to the MyPers website!!

Uploading it to MyPers for people to see would take all of ten seconds and two button clicks.  Seriously.  That's all it would take.  Ripley's Believe it or Not.

Oh where, oh where, is this document on Air Force Force Shaping of officers in 2014?

If the intent was to arm people with information in a timely manner over the holidays, might I recommend actually arming them with the information?  Since it has been released to some people, wouldn't it make more sense to release it to all people?  Or perhaps only the people that have seen this document days ahead of everybody else are going to face separation programs?  It's a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

Or, wait a second, could it be?  Is it possible this is a clever introduction to what this mysterious PSDM 13-130 will have to offer?  Is this meant to demonstrate beyond words, on a psychological level, that the Air Force has decided to treat some people differently than others, not unlike those connected few who have access to this guidance ahead of time?  What titillating news is to be found inside this sought after Adobe product?

Could it be that the Air Force is going to kick out continued officers with more than fifteen years of service via the RIF, and NOT give them TERA as a consolation prize?  Despite the fact the Air Force is giving enlisted folks TERA if they are booted with more than fifteen years?

Now that would be a mystery worth solving!  Let's call it the Case of "Officers Being Treated Worse Than Those They Lead" and hope some crack detective gets on it.  Perhaps they will take the case for a handful of DFAC Scooby Snacks.

But this may just be much about nothing.  Hard to know.  All we can do is speculate and guess.  Because the existing guidance is being kept from us.  Or slow rolled.  Who knows, it's just a big mystery as the Air Force seeks to boot a bunch of meddlesome kids.

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