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05-30-2007 02:17 PM
foreverjeepin
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Originally Posted by Plate
Having breasts doesn't hurt in today's Army either. Not a sexist remark, just reflecting the current climate in the military.
It helps in all branches these days to be a (more) true statement.

Plate, nice sig, squeakers the hamster is the POO, don't forget about Texas the cat tho, he is the real evil one.....
05-30-2007 09:35 AM
laybackman
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Originally Posted by dawnskaybug
Ive been in the AF for 10.5 years Im an E-5. Im not a slow burner but not a fast burner either kinda average...
Talked to a girl joined the Army 5 months ago when she hits Iraqi dirt she will be an E-5 ... Took me 5 YEARS to get E-5..
But then again the only sand Ive ever seen is from the beaches with a beer in my hand working 16 days a month..
The ARMY has many more slots to fill since it is so large compared to the other branches of the service. If you are making a career out of the military and don't care which branch you serve in then the US ARMY is the place to be I would think, and the Marines are the smallest (I believe) so promotion there can be slow once you get to E-4.
05-30-2007 08:24 AM
talonegress NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL We really have no idea. I think we're still waiting on what the AF wants to do with that burnt POS. That thing is so warped though they should just **** can that thing and take one back from DM. We had to do some things on it when we got there. It took about 6-7 people to close the right rear hatch. That included 3 people standing on top of it, 1 person hanging on it from the inside, another pushing the handle to latch it, and one more with a cargo strap hooked to it cranking it down. Took 3 hours to get that thing latched. One of the guys in my shop that was part of the rotation it happened on took pics of all the **** they removed. The whole right nacelle area was a black charred mess.
05-30-2007 08:12 AM
dawnskaybug You guys forgot somethign when ya coming back to get it ?
05-30-2007 08:08 AM
talonegress Yeh being in a maintenance squadron all the chicks get stared at....especially this one HOT chick that works in metals tech down the hall back at Ellsworth. If a female ever PCS'd to our shop we'd have to get a betting pool together on who would be the first one to get hit with sexual harassment. We're pretty bad with jokes in our shop since it's all guys.
05-30-2007 08:01 AM
JimenyFKrickets
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Originally Posted by Plate
Having breasts doesn't hurt in today's Army either. Not a sexist remark, just reflecting the current climate in the military.
and everywhere else
05-30-2007 07:59 AM
talonegress That is true...you have to do some major **** like DUI or something to lose rank.
05-30-2007 07:52 AM
dawnskaybug But we dont lose it as easily as other branches though
05-30-2007 07:02 AM
talonegress That's one thing that sucks about the AF they want us to believe we're on the same level as all of the other branches promotion wise and we're not. Takes way to long to get rank in the AF compared to the Army.
05-30-2007 06:44 AM
dawnskaybug Ive been in the AF for 10.5 years Im an E-5. Im not a slow burner but not a fast burner either kinda average...
Talked to a girl joined the Army 5 months ago when she hits Iraqi dirt she will be an E-5 ... Took me 5 YEARS to get E-5..
But then again the only sand Ive ever seen is from the beaches with a beer in my hand working 16 days a month..
05-30-2007 05:51 AM
Poor Boy
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Originally Posted by Grape Ape
Navy e-1 to e-3 is the same you get it after a certain time if you have been a good sailor. To make e-4 and above you take an exam. Your score on the exam, time in grade time in rate, awards and evals all count as part of the final score. They then determine how many they need to advance and set if they need 12 then the 12th highest score is the last to advance. They give points up to a certain amount to the people who passed the exam but did not advance. When I was in to go from e-5 to e-6 they only advanced 3 of 218 and even worse odds a few times. All of your extra points had to be maxed out evals had to be 4.0 across the board and you about had to ace the test to advance.
and e7 is all of that crap, plus a selection board after you pass the test.
05-29-2007 10:40 PM
War Eagle I think you trade in box tops or something.
05-29-2007 10:28 PM
talonegress E-1 thru E-4 in the AF is all on your TIG/TIS too. To get E-5 and up it's all testing and a points system. You get points for what you got on your EPR's, awards/medals, two part test (PFE, AF history and such and test of your job knowledge). They set a cutoff point score...everybody above it gets promote, below better luck next year. I test for Staff Sergeant(E-5) this year.
05-29-2007 08:54 PM
shunt Also being in the Regular service as opposed to the Reserves or National Guard used to make a difference. They don't have as many promotion slots.

If you're squared away and good at your MOS the promotions will come.
05-29-2007 08:49 PM
grovesj2
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Originally Posted by Grape Ape
Navy e-1 to e-3 is the same you get it after a certain time if you have been a good sailor. To make e-4 and above you take an exam. Your score on the exam, time in grade time in rate, awards and evals all count as part of the final score. They then determine how many they need to advance and set if they need 12 then the 12th highest score is the last to advance. They give points up to a certain amount to the people who passed the exam but did not advance. When I was in to go from e-5 to e-6 they only advanced 3 of 218 and even worse odds a few times. All of your extra points had to be maxed out evals had to be 4.0 across the board and you about had to ace the test to advance.
Hes got it pretty much right for the Navy. One thing to keep in mind is not all rates have that low of an advancement percentage. Most e-5 to e-6 advancement is usually around 10% - 15%.
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