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Warner Robins, GA (US)
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  • "Great way to start a career, don't wait around to start looking for civilian employment."

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    I worked at Air Force Reserve part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good paycheck, good amount of hours and experience to start an aviation career, and a great resume builder.

    Cons

    From the pilot side of the house. Flying is NOT your actual job. The distractions will be many, support will be minimal, and more and more the Reserves see themselves as your primary employment instead of a part time job as it was originally intended. Get your time in, do some good in the world, then when you have your hours and your commitment is done get your apps out to the rest of the aviation industry. That's IF you have a passion for flying. If your passion is to just be IN the military but don't want to be forced to move every three years, flying is something you are ambivalent about then there are no real negatives. If you aren't bothered by spending a career arguing with agencies and individuals over non-mission related details every step of the way in trying to get anything done then you will enjoy the second half of a Reserve career past your commitment. For some it's a dream job. But don't expect the pilot shortage to go away, which also means if you are looking for a reserve career not involved in flying you would do well to find a reserve job at a base that is joint owned with active duty or whose primary purpose has nothing to do with flying airplanes. That way you don't have to worry about finding yourself needing to relocate or just without a job 10 years in to your career because such a base loses funding or gets shut down.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your people, be consistent. Both are qualities that have all but disappeared in the AF Reserves. You can't plan for every contingency, that's not just a military truism, it's life. But you can control how honest and consistent you are in the face of each change. Reserve employees are first and foremost volunteers who want to do their part but also want to have roots in the community, keep family stability, and build a civilian career at the same time. Otherwise they would have joined active duty. Lose sight of that and you lose their passion, their intensity, and eventually they just leave. Oh, and don't be afraid to mess up, and be fair and balanced to your people when they mess up. That's how people learn. Everyone knows it's a one-mistake Air Force these days, which creates a risk averse culture of leadership. When in the realm of a safety standpoint, you need to keep young excitable personnel from thinking they are invincible. But from a leadership culture realm, it stifles innovation and breeds complacency. I'm not saying this as someone who has messed up and am bitter, I'm a very good pilot who has been an admittedly exceedingly average officer who has seen a lot of VERY good officers and senior non-commissioned officers get held down, held back, and thus encouraged to leave while other exceedingly average or less than average leaders climb the ranks.

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    • ¬Analyze reports and records to establish stock control levels, and use necessary inventory methods for mission readiness
    • Monitor expenses and funds of multiple in-flight medical equipment and supplies costing over $500,000
    • Awarded Airman of the half (2018) and Airman of the year (2018) for hard work and 100% mission readiness

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