Retirement Series Part 2: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?

One weekend a month…for 20 years.  That’s 25% of my weekends for over half of my life…for my entire adult life.  All of the extra weeks, summers, years away from my friends and family.  Missed occasions and opportunities.  Never being able to experience the raw power of a mullet.  I finally have the chance to walk away with my retirement benefits earned, yet I’ve decided to keep going.  Perhaps like the character Brooks from the Shawshank Redemption I’ve become institutionalized and fear having to fill all of those weekends with fun and relaxation.  I’m not going to get into that, but I’ll discuss…

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Optimizing the Air Force Fitness test

At the start of every Air Force fitness test you see any number of airmen nervously looking over the scorecards to ensure they know the minimum number they need to pass in the next up category.  Meanwhile I’m looking at it thinking how stupid it is that I have to go from 52 to 57 pushups in a minute just to get that last half point to take me from a 99.5 to 100.  Because I am who I am, I broke it down into a spreadsheet for you below.  I’ve only scratched my own itch and completed it for my age/gender.  If…

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How to Make Chief in the Air Force Part 1

I’ve developed a secret formula for making rank in the Air Force.  If you are in a different branch, or a civilian you can skip to part 2, the principles there apply to all.  Unfortunately, this segment is only applicable to Air Force, because every branch has its own standards. I’ve been too long gone from the Army to accurately create a list for it.   The secret formula is actually quite simple: Superstar in person + Superstar on paper = Chief material.   I know, a lot easier said than done. First of all, what makes me qualified to coach people to…

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How to Make Chief Part 2

Today we’ll continue our segment on how to make Chief.  The first installment covered the first part of the equation; becoming a superstar on paper.  This installment will cover the second half of the secret formula; becoming a superstar in person.  These are all suggestions I have used in myself and have found valuable in my own career. I feel that they are pretty common sense for the most part, but sometime we need a little reminder to do the things we should be doing.   My first tidbit of advice is to BE PUNCTUAL.  Actually, you should be early…to everything. Get to…

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