CommissionED: The Air Force Officer Podcast

By Colin Slade & Reed Gann

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Welcome to CommissionED: The Air Force Officer Podcast where we explore the training and development of America’s leaders in the application of airpower and the Profession of Arms.

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048 - 13S Space Operations Officer with Capt Matthew Folks
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Capt Matthew Folks didn't want to be a Space Operations Officer. Yet he explains in this episode how he ended up enjoying not only working in space lift, but being an instructor for new space operators.

03:16 - Matt's background and getting selected into Space Operations
16:15 - Matt's experience in AFROTC
23:08 - The Air Force's role in space lift (see How to Build a Satellite: https://youtu.be/W-1scVSpwbw)
33:41 - The career progression for the 13S Space Operations Officer
43:10 - Instructing the next generation of space operators
50:17 - AETC Instructor duty is a good thing
52:38 - Commentary

Contact Matt at MFolks@jd19.law.harvard.edu.

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Aug 12, 2020
047 - 64P Contracting Officer with Capt Brent Nichols
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Colin has previously stated that the Contracting Officer should be every other officer’s best friend. In this episode, Capt Brent Nichols explains why. Contracting officers conduct the business of the Air Force, interface with the external world, and spend the Air Force’s money.

05:29 - Brent's background and experience getting selected for OTS (see Air Force OTS Forum: https://airforceots.com/)
09:51 - Being strategic about differentiating yourself
15:19 - 64P Contracting Officers
20:25 - The Contracting Officer should be your best friend
27:49 - Contracting Officer career path and employability (see Defense Contract Managment Agency: https://www.dcma.mil/)
33:34 - Contemplating the transition out of the Air Force
40:12 - Making the decision to transition
49:54 - How to prepare for the transition (see Corporate Captains: https://corporatecaptains.libsyn.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/corporatecaptains/)
01:05:23 - Commentary

Contact or connect with Brent:
LinkedIn: https://www.slinkedin.com/in/brentcnichols
Email: corporatecaptains@gmail.com or nicholsgg@gmail.com
Phone: (520) 306-0935

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Aug 05, 2020
046 - Reasons to stop being an Air Force officer
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The reasons for leaving the Air Force are as individual as the reasons for joining. For this reason, in this episode Reed shares his reasons for when he will leave the Air Force sometime in the distant future and Colin explains his reasons for separating twice.

03:38 - Reed's reasons; can no longer achieve your goal
10:06 - Priorities are irreversibly forced out of order
16:31 - You can no longer give everything
21:02 - Your partner asks you to stop
30:18 - Colin's reasons for separating the first time
AFIT GEM: https://youtu.be/6DrFKu9rRSg and https://www.afit.edu/env/programs.cfm?p=36&a=pd
Olmsted Foundation: http://www.olmstedfoundation.org
40:38 - Reasons for separating again
Corporate Captains Podcast: https://www.facebook.com/corporatecaptains/ and https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/corporate-captains-podcast/id1458895325
51:01 - Transitioning during COVID

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Jul 29, 2020
045 - How and when to stop being an Air Force officer
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The time will come for every Air Force officer to leave the service. Like any good OPLAN, it's wise to have an exit strategy. Regardless of where you are in your career—or even if you haven't even entered the service—this episode will help you understand the how and when of separating from the Air Force.

03:40 - Important terminology and definitions
11:03 - Getting started on getting out
18:15 - When and where to "push the button"
19:45 - The all-important and inclusive outprocessing checklist
28:43 - Planning for what comes next
33:08 - Getting orders and what to do with your leave
37:25 - Your Date of Separation

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Jul 22, 2020
044 - 21A Aircraft Maintenance Officer with Capt Jenny Ruhnke
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Capt Jenny Ruhnke is an Aircraft Maintenance Officer with an extensive background covering not only the maintenance career field, but Officer Training School, multiple deployments, and community involvement.

03:46 - Jenny's background and experience getting accepted into USAFA (see Northwestern Prep School: http://www.northwesternprep.com and Falcon Foundation: https://www.falconfoundation.org)
11:51 - Assignment at Officer Training School
23:52 - 21A Aircraft Maintenance Officer career path
29:52 - Why do Aircraft Maintenance Officers exist?
36:40 - Relationship with other officers
41:30 - Career highs and lows
49:38 - Professional Development (see Start with Why by Simon Sinek: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1591846447)
01:00:41 - Commentary

Contact Jenny at jenelizd@gmail.com or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mrs.skyecanyon/

Give Jenny your support as she competes for Mrs. Nevada: https://mrsnevadaamericapageant.com/vote-for-jenny/

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Jul 15, 2020
043 - 11M Mobility Pilot (KC-135) with Lt Col Lacy Gunnoe
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Colin interviews Lt Col Lacy Gunnoe about being a KC-135 pilot, the transition into and differences of the Air National Guard, the officer mindset, and much more.

02:43 - Lacy's background and experience getting into the Air Force through Air Force ROTC.
10:12 - Things Lacy would change about Air Force ROTC
19:54 - UPT and being a KC-135 pilot on active duty
24:31 - Transition to the Air National Guard
27:07 - 11M KC-135 Pilot career field
32:44 - Dealing with adversity
35:34 - Working with the "aircrew" on the KC-135
45:36 - Professional development
Team RWB: https://www.teamrwb.org
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0967285550
Books by Wayne Dyer: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=wayne+dyer&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
Books by Tony Robbins: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=tony+robbins&i=stripbooks&crid=2RC6GLE2ZR2A1&sprefix=tony+%2Cstripbooks%2C181&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_5
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316017930
Books by Ryan Holiday: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=ryan+holiday&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University: https://www.daveramsey.com/fpu
56:09 - Commentary

Contact Lacy at thepilotspeaker@gmail.com or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lacygunnoe/

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Jul 08, 2020
042 - Protecting freedom while giving up our own
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After a listener sent in a question, Colin and Reed felt it necessary and timely to address the topic of freedom and the restrictions placed on members of the military.

00:41 - Colin's Big News!
05:24 - How to engage with social and political issues
09:25 - Restrictions on First Amendment rights (see AFI 51-508: https://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_ja/publication/afi51-508/afi51-508.pdf
DODI 1325.06: https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/132506p.pdf
AFI 1-1: https://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_cc/publication/afi1-1/afi1-1.pdf
15:23 - Why does this matter? (see George Washington, “Instructions to Company Captains: General Instructions to all the Captains of Companies,” 29 July 1757, http://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/02-04-02-0223)
17:38 - Defining discipline
28:41 - What does discpline do for the military member? (see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by JK Rowling: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0439784549/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_Wob.Eb1B85DDA
On Killing, by Dave Grossman: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FKS4QRO/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_Upb.EbGD6S57K)
34:59 - What does discipline of the military do for society?
42:33 - How does discipline work in reality? (see CSAF and CMSAF Dialogue on Race: https://www.facebook.com/csafofficial/videos/332011547783097/
Reed's lecture on outcome vs relationship: https://youtu.be/d4sI0pc9eUU)
52:45 - How does discipline impact a unit?

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Jul 01, 2020
041 - 13B Air Battle Manager and 11M Mobility Pilot (C-130) with Lt Col (Ret) Adam Jung
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From being the stealth cadet in Air Force ROTC, to planning the air campaign in Iraq, to Hurricane Katrina response, and then separating at 15 years of service, Lt Col (Ret) Adam Jung has had anything but a typical Air Force career. This interview covers all those things and more.

03:05 - Adam's background and experiences as an Air Battle Manager
15:13 - Retraining to be a pilot
26:54 - Choosing to separate at 15 years of service
37:12 - 13B Air Battle Manager career field
50:55 - 11M Mobility Pilot (C-130) career field
57:48 - Lessons learned
01:13:08 - Commentary

Contact Adam at jungada@hotmail.com.

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Jun 24, 2020
040 - 11F Fighter Pilot (F-16) with Major John Waters
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In today's episode, Colin interviews Major John "Rain" Waters about his career in the Air Force. They cover the importance of mentors, whether officers are needed to fly the F-16, and what it's like being the Viper demo team pilot.

03:26 - Rain's background and experiences in the Air Force
08:59 - The role of mentors and personal ownership
14:32 - Having a team mentality
24:07 - 11F Fighter Pilot and why officers fly
34:35 - Being the Viper demo team pilot
41:07 - Purpose of the Air Force demo teams
47:12 - Using experience as an officer to solve problems
51:19 - Traditional vs IMA positions
54:19 - Rain's reasons for joining the Air Force Reserve
57:38 - The Afterburn Podcast (see: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/id1496428378)
01:01:52 - Commentary

Contact and follow Rain on Instagram @rainwaters27 or on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/theafterburnpodcast)

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Jun 17, 2020
039 - Deep dive into USAFA with Capt David Rowe
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Continuing after the previous episode, Capt David Rowe takes a deep dive into the life and progression of being at cadet at USAFA.

04:21 - Basic Cadet Training and the first year
10:43 - Summers and professional development opportunities
15:26 - Year 2
20:59 - Moving into the upper class of cadets
18:56 - Notification of selection process
29:56 - Year 4 (see Lt Col Jay Zeamer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jay_Zeamer_Jr.)
41:02 - Graduation week
45:42 - "Selling" USAFA
49:26 - Commentary

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Jun 10, 2020
038 - How do you become an Air Force officer? Part 3 (USAFA) with Capt David Rowe
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In the first of two episodes on USAFA, Reed interviews Capt David Rowe about the application process, nominations, and the whole person concept.
 
02:39 - Introduction and Dave's background
05:25 - Nominations for appointment to USAFA
10:26 - Items needed for the application
14:31 - Physical and medical requirements
18:56 - Notification of selection process
22:14 - Arrival at USAFA and Basic Cadet Training
26:29 - Monetary value of USAFA education
28:39 - Whole person concept
31:28 - The Prep School
36:17 - Commentary
 
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Jun 03, 2020
037 - 19ZXA Special Tactics Officer with Major John Doe
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Special Tactics Officers play a critical role in delivering airpower for our joint partners and leading battlefield airmen. In this episode Major John Doe (alias) explains his experience as a cadet at USAFA, preparing for selection, and working to correct personal character flaws.
 
05:15 - Introduction and John's background
10:45 - Being a cadet at USAFA
16:36 - Earning a pilot slot
18:47 - John decides to pursue STO selection (see Air Force Special Tactics: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil)
29:11 - Explaining the Special Tactics Officer career field
40:04 - Who does the STO exist for?
46:20 - Highs and lows of being a STO
53:39 - John's thoughts on professional development
59:01 - Hindsight advice to Cadet John Doe
01:04:34 - Commentary

Contact Air Force Special Tactics at STO.recruiter@us.af.mil.

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May 22, 2020
036 - In memory of SrA Bryan Bell
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In honor of Memorial Day, Colin shares his experience as a new Second Lieutenant and Officer-In-Charge of SrA Bryan Bell's funeral. SrA Bell was killed on 5 January 2012 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan when his vehicle was struck by an IED (see Military Times: https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/air-force-senior-airman-bryan-r-bell/6568079).

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May 20, 2020
035 - Toolbox: Professional Reading
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Much has been said on this podcast about the importance of professional reading, but never directly addressed. This toolbox episode aims to correct that by providing some reasons for and tips in the pursuit of knowledge through reading.

03:00 - Defining professional reading
06:59 - Common barriers to reading
12:15 - General tips for getting started
24:59 - Reed's personal tips for successful reading
29:33 - Colin's personal tips

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May 13, 2020
034 - Senior Enlisted Perspective with Holm Center Command Chief CMSgt Jermaine Evans
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CMSgt Jermaine Evans is the Command Chief and senior enlisted advisor at the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions & Citizen Development. In this discussion with Colin and Reed, the Chief shares his experience working his way through the enlisted ranks and how that has shaped his perspective on officer accessions and leadership.

01:27 - The Chief's background and experience in the Air Force
34:01 - Getting hired as the first Chief in AFROTC
39:44 - The differences between officers and enlisted airmen
46:33 - What if we didn't have officers?
58:06 - The Chief's leadership philosophy
01:07:28 - Advice to officer instructors

Contact or follow CMSgt Evans:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HolmCenterCommandChief/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/holmcenterccc/
Email: evansjer80@gmail.com

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May 06, 2020
033 - Undergraduate Pilot Training with 1st Lt Morgan Curriden
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In this episode Colin interviews 1st Lt Morgan Curriden on Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT), covering peripheral topics like rated selection, the daily schedule, and tips for success.

05:18 - Morgan's background and experience in AFROTC
13:12 - Changes to improve commissioning sources
32:56 - The process leading up to UPT
44:52 - Broad strokes of UPT
55:45 - A day in the life of the UPT student
01:03:28 - Tips for success at UPT
01:14:04 - Professional development (see Team of Rivals by Doris Goodwin: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0684824906/)
01:20:05 - Hindsight advice to Cadet Curriden
01:24:35 - Commentary

Contact Morgan at morgancurriden@gmail.com.

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Apr 29, 2020
032 - 11F Fighter Pilot (F-15E) with Capt Clark Haymond
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Capt Clark "Slider" Haymond is an instructor pilot for the F-15E Strike Eagle. In this week's episode he shares his experience and philosophy on training and developing to be an effective aviator.

07:54 - Slider's experience in AFROTC and preparation for ENJJPT
17:25 - What is ENJJPT (Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training)
25:08 - Some thoughts on the ongoing pilot shortage
31:41 - Why does the 11F Fighter Pilot career field exist?
40:21 - Slider's thoughts on the pilot/WSO relationship
46:14 - Who is the 11F's customer?
56:02 - Slider's deployment experience
01:08:52 - The effects of combat on mental health
01:14:12 - Professional development
01:16:44 - Why are pilots officers?
01:22:18 - Commentary

Contact Slider at clark.haymond@gmail.com.

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Apr 22, 2020
031 - 12X Combat Systems Officer and UCT with 1st Lt Joseph Langford
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Combat Systems Officers are a much lesser known, but incredibly important rated career field within the Air Force. In this interview, 1st Lt Joseph Langford explains the various aspects of this specialty, the training pipeline, and his approach to success as an officer.

04:57 - Joey's experience in AFROTC and preparation for Undergraduate CSO Training (UCT)
17:15 - What is a Combat Systems Officer?
24:20 - UCT and the training pipeline
38:28 - How to become a CSO?
35:12 - Why does the 11B Bomber Pilot career field exist?
46:17 - Who is the CSO's customer?
01:06:00 - Joey shares some highlights from UCT
01:09:31 - Reading for professional development (see the following:
Deep Work by Cal Newport - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1455586692
Peak by Anders Ericsson - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F4A98WQ/
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01069X4H0/
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1439167346/
12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0797Y87JC/
Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V3LR2ZZ/
Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PKQMFT8/
1776 by David McCullough - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009S2F0G/
Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WOYDOI/
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S Grant - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CWFASO/
Winston Churchill biographies - https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Winston+Churchill+biographies
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084D1NZGL
The Mission, the Men, and Me by Pete Blaber - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H7W74MG/
Hal Moore on Leadership by Harold Moore - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078KLYRPV/
Turn this Ship Around by L. David Marquet - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CTDYYG2
Masters of the Air by Donald Miller - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006JSQFYC
Fighter Pilot by Robin Olds - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003H2O946/
01:26:17 - Commentary

Contact Joey at joseph.langford.3@us.af.mil or josephrlangford@gmail.com

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Apr 15, 2020
030 - 11B Bomber Pilot (B-52) with Capt Julian Gluck
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In this episode, Colin interviews Capt Julian "Cosmo" Gluck about his experience joining the Air Force, being a B-52 pilot, and his ideas for addressing the civilian-military gap.

03:26 - Cosmo's high school and USAFA experience (see In the Stairwell at America's Got Talent 2017 Semifinal: https://youtu.be/kzoz1ShE3Uw)
12:17 - Preparing for the USAFA application
19:16 - How to get nominated to attend USAFA (see USAFA LEAD: https://www.academyadmissions.com/prepare/enlisted/)
27:40 - Cosmo's experience as a B-52 Pilot (see Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot by Starr Smith: https://www.amazon.com/Jimmy-Stewart-Bomber-Starr-Smith-ebook/dp/B004PLNRL4/ and The Fighter Pilot Podcast B-52: https://www.fighterpilotpodcast.com/episodes/065-b-52-stratofortress/)
35:12 - Why does the 11B Bomber Pilot career field exist?
42:24 - Highlights from Cosmo's career (see Lt Col Dick Cole: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_E._Cole)
50:29 - Cosmo's approach to Squadron Officer School and addressing the civilian-military gap
01:12:58 - Commentary

Contact Capt Julian "Cosmo" Gluck:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julianrgluck/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliangluck/
Website: http://juliangluck.com

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Apr 08, 2020
029 - How to become a pilot in the Air Force
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The long awaited episode has finally arrived; the definitive guide to the process for being selected as a pilot, CSO, ABM, or RPA pilot. Colin and Reed take turns explaining the respective specifics for Air Force ROTC and OTS, as well as opportunities that exist for the Guard and Reserve and those already commissioned.

04:20 - AFI 36-2105 Applying for Flying Training, Air Battle Manager, or Astronaut Programs
08:10 - What is a rated officer? (see Elon Musk at Air Force Association 2020 https://www.airforcemag.com/elon-musk-the-fighter-jet-era-has-passed/)
13:27 - How to get selected as a pilot or rated officer?
15:41 - Colin explains the Air Force ROTC process
20:43 - What is included in the Order of Merit? (see Rated Medical Requirements
Pilot, CSO, and RPA - http://flightphysical.com/medical-standards/first-class
ABM - http://flightphysical.com/medical-standards/third-class)
27:23 - The role of rated preferences
29:53 - Reed explains the process for OTS, Guard and Reserve, and for officers who are already commissioned 

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Apr 01, 2020
028 - 13S Space Operations Officer with Capt CJ Carlisle
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In this the second part of Capt CJ Carlisle's interview, Colin and CJ discuss the Space Force and role of the space operations officer. CJ further describes his leadership philosophy and how he continues to develop as an officer.

01:41 - CJ's introduction and background (see "The Battle Above": https://static.dma.mil/usaf/csafreadinglist_2017/battle_above.html)
13:11 - Who does the 13S interact with?
18:18 - Developing warrior ethos for the Space Force
26:34 - Space Force culture
28:08 - CJ's approach to professional development
(see "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins: https://www.amazon.com/Cant-Hurt-Me-Master-Your/dp/1544512287
"Sell or Be Sold" by Grant Cardone: https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Be-Sold-Your-Business/dp/1608322564, and
"An Everyone Culture" by Robert Kegan: https://www.amazon.com/Everyone-Culture-Deliberately-Developmental-Organization/dp/1625278624)
40:08 - Taking ownership of yourself and your people
42:53 - CJ's advice to himself
51:03 - Commentary

Contact Capt Carlisle at ccarlisle@umass.edu or christopher.carlisle.2@us.af.mil

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Mar 25, 2020
027 - Prior-enlisted Security Forces with Capt CJ Carlisle
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Colin interviews Capt CJ Carlisle about his experience being enlisted in security forces and the challenges he faced. CJ shares his perspective on overcoming the obstacles of pursuing a commission and asking what he can do for the Air Force.

02:58 - CJ's introduction and background
10:17 - Being a dorm chief at BMT
15:26 - First enlistment at Malmstrom AFB
26:53 - Being an NCO and switching to combat arms
30:48 - Pursuing a commission
46:48 - Officer Training School
49:30 - Space operations and AFROTC
56:16 - Commentary

Contact Capt Carlisle at ccarlisle@umass.edu or christopher.carlisle.2@us.af.mil

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Mar 18, 2020
026 - Deep dive into AFROTC, Part 3 (Instructor)
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In this conclusion to his deep dive into AFROTC, Colin shares his experience being an instructor, as well as some of the nuts and bolts of applying for OIRSD. The episode concludes with a discussion on the cadet-cadre relationship and advice for future instructors.

01:25 - How to apply for Officer Instructor & Recruiter Special Duty (see AFPC Facebook Live video https://www.facebook.com/AirForcePersonnelCenter/videos/298244817767980/)
08:03 - How Colin was selected for AFROTC
14:45 - Why be an instructor at AFROTC?
20:01 - What it's like being an instructor 
31:56 - Being the Recruiting Officer
35:52 - Instructing AS 100
40:30 - Being the Operations Flight Commander
53:46 - Instructing AS 200
56:25 - Other officer cadre positions
01:01:12 - Cadet-cadre relationship
01:13:56 - Advice for current and future cadre

Holm Center Inspector General
The IG ensures the concerns of all complainants and the best interest of the Air Force are addressed through objective fact-finding.  IGs assist Airmen of all ranks, family members, civilian employees, retirees, and other civilians.

Where do I start?
Though not required, commanders and supervisors should be your first stop when you have a complaint. Complaints resolution is an inherent part of a commander’s or supervisor's responsibility. However, if they can’t help, or if they are at the root of the complaint, contact the IG.  If you are unsure about what to do, give me a call and we can discuss your options.

As an Air Force member, you have a right to:

  • File an IG complaint at any level without going through your supervisory channel
  • Address your complaint to any IG... though it may be transferred to the nearest IG
  • File a complaint with an IG without fear of reprisal
  • Request withdrawal of your IG complaint in writing…IG may still examine the issues and treat as a third-party
  • Request the next higher-level IG review your complaint within 90 days of receiving the IG response
  • Submit complaints anonymously
  • Submit a complaint on behalf of another individual
  • Request whistle blower protection under 10 U.S.C. 1034

How do I file a complaint? 
Complete an AF Form 102 and submit it to an IG OR Call an IG Hotline at any level:

  • Holm Center: DSN 493-8825, Comm: 1-800-522-0033, Option 2
  • AU: DSN 493-7752
  • AETC: DSN 487-4460
  • SAF: Comm 1-800-538-8429
  • DoD: Comm 1-800-424-9098

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Mar 11, 2020
025 - Deep dive into AFROTC, Part 2 (POC Cadet)
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Colin continues his deep dive into all things Air Force ROTC, this time describing the years spent as a POC or Professional Officer Course cadet.

01:25 - Contracting with AFROTC and the 300 year
05:06 - The rated selection board
09:47 - The 400 year
12:24 - The cadet wing commander
18:49 - Graduating and commissioning
24:27 - Waiting to enter Active Duty

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Mar 04, 2020
024 - Deep dive into AFROTC, Part 1 (GMC Cadet)
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Colin takes a deep dive into all things Air Force ROTC, focusing first on the years spent as a GMC or General Military Course cadet. The discussion includes scholarships, the training environment, and development opportunities, as well as Colin's experience as a cadet.

02:05 - Most Line-of-the-Air Force officers go through AFROTC
03:57 - Please share this episode with your friends and family
09:17 - AFROTC hasn't changed much over the years
14:15 - Meeting the Recruiting Officer
16:20 - AFROTC scholarships (see https://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/)
26:14 - Structure and timeline (see https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/2109)
36:27 - GMC/POC training construct
43:30 - AFROTC PT program
50:40 - Colin summarizes his AS 100 year
53:06 - Summer PDT opportunities (see https://www.afrotc.com/about/more-than-an-education/professional-development/)
55:15 - The AS 200 year and FTP
01:06:25 - Colin summarizes his AS 200 year

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Feb 26, 2020
023 - Great books and bachelors degrees with Scott Hambrick
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Colin interviews the owner of Online Great Books, Scott Hambrick, about his experience growing up as an Air Force dependent, as well as his take on the bachelor's degree requirement for Air Force officers.

06:04 - Eisenhower would have joined the Air Force
07:51 - Scott's life as an Air Force dependent
17:25 - Knowing the difference between officers and enlisted (see Brig Gen (Ret) David Angle:
Biography - https://www.nationalguard.mil/portals/31/Features/ngbgomo/bio/1/1103.html
Obituary - https://www.newspressnow.com/obituaries/angle-david-s/article_99b76ee4-a8f3-5e93-9071-4774f6cfeb26.html)
19:46 - Online Great Books (see https://onlinegreatbooks.com)
27:45 - Bachelors degrees for officers
33:35 - The future of universities
40:44 - The Air Force's higher education system
44:59 - Commentary (see https://www.barbell-logic.com and search for the Barbell Logic Podcast and the Online Great Books Podcast)
46:20 - Don't stop working on your degree (see https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9195.html)
51:14 - Bachelors degrees and universities
59:24 - "Devolution" to the liberal arts
01:01:42 - Reed's elevator speech for commissioning
01:03:01 - We don't fully understand the commission

Contact Scott at shambrick@intellectuallp.com and http://www.onlinegreatbooks.com.

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Feb 19, 2020
022 - Deep dive into OTS, Part 2 (Instructor)
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Reed continues his deep dive into his experience at OTS, only this time from the perspective of an instructor. This episode explores changes to policy regarding instructor duty, the OTS schedule, and advice for future instructors.

01:26 - OI&RSD (see https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1811802/air-force-announces-selection-process-for-officer-instructor-and-recruiting-spe/)
08:51 - Returning to OTS as an instructor
12:02 - Life as an instructor
22:46 - Student flights
27:32 - Evaluating student performance
33:36 - Advice to future instructors
38:54 - Using OTS knowledge and experiences
43:56 - Who should be an OTS instructor?

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Feb 12, 2020
021 - Deep dive into OTS, Part 1 (Cadet/OT)
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In this episode Reed dives deep into his experience as a cadet at OTS. He describes the arrival process, graduation requirements, and most importantly, the relationships he forged with his fellow students.

02:35 - Leaving home
07:09 - Arrival at OTS (see Full Metal Jacket opening speech: https://youtu.be/-ZYlXEUo-Lo)
16:23 - The training schedule
22:45 - OTS Instructors
29:30 - The OTS manual or OTSMAN
35:01 - Drill and marching
38:10 - OTS academics
47:32 - Becoming upper class
52:24 - Assignment drop
58:40 - Graduation week
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Feb 05, 2020
020 - Enlisted commissioning programs with Capt Sam Parrish
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Reed takes the opportunity to interview prior enlisted linguist, now Intel Officer, Capt Sam Parrish. Sam has made it a point to study up on the enlisted commissioning programs so that, first, he could commission himself, and now mentor his airmen who want to become officers in the Air Force. This episode covers a huge variety of enlisted commissioning programs, as well as a discussion about the transition from E to O.

03:49 - Sam's background
05:49 - Enlisted commissioning programs:
OTS - Talk to an OTS recruiter
SLECP-A - Search on myPers
SLECP-O - Search on myPers
USAFA LEAD - https://www.academyadmissions.com/prepare/enlisted/
ASCP - https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Holm-Center/AFROTC/Display/Article/1047848/
SOAR - https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Holm-Center/AFROTC/Display/Article/1047870/
POC-ERP - https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Holm-Center/AFROTC/Display/Article/1047868/
IPAP - https://www.afpc.af.mil/Assignment/Enlisted_Commission/
NECP - https://www.afpc.af.mil/Assignment/Enlisted_Commission/
EMDP2 - https://www.afpc.af.mil/Assignment/Enlisted_Commission/
HPSP/FAP - https://www.airforce.com/careers/specialty-careers/healthcare/training-and-education
16:38 - Base education office
19:34 - E to O transition
24:26 - Prior enlisted perspective
29:42 - Advice to airmen and “Priors”
32:11 - The Air Force is a lifestyle
35:26 - Show up, Be good at your job, Lead
36:55 - Colin and Reed’s commentary
38:08 - Predict the application cycle
40:18 - Contact Sam in the Facebook Group (see https://www.facebook.com/groups/airforceofficerpodcast/)
41:46 - Some programs are available to cadets and officers
43:03 - Revisiting the base education office
46:31 - Emphasizing the lifestyle of an Airman

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Jan 29, 2020
019 - Foundation of character
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Wrapping up their series of episodes on Gen Goldfein’s memo and the things the Air Force values in its officers, Colin and Reed revisit the topic of character from Episode 001 - What is an Air Force officer. Character is so foundational that it underpins most every success—and failure—as an Air Force officer.

06:17 - What is impeccable character (see https://www.usafa.edu/character/)
12:40 - Leaders of character
15:25 - Colin’s thoughts on character
22:32 - Reed’s thoughts on character
23:58 - How character foundational? (see Secretary Powell on Leadership https://youtu.be/ocSw1m30UBI)
30:30 - We take integrity seriously
34:34 - Failure as an officer
40:48 - Training for and development of character (see AFA Conference 2019 Panel Discussion https://youtu.be/BI1IpjJkwOY)

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Jan 22, 2020
018 - Improving the unit
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The Air Force is a product of innovative officers who looked to the future of what could be. In this episode, Colin and Reed explore that culture of innovation, what it means to improve the unit, and how to know when change is the right thing to do.

05:12 - The Air Force’s culture of innovation
08:06 - Unit’s focused on innovation
11:28 - Problem solving and the OODA Loop
18:18 - Change for change’s sake
23:50 - How to know when change is right
26:56 - Involve your people in the change process
30:51 - Evaluating “improve the unit”

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Jan 15, 2020
017 - Managing resources
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Ready for a civics lesson? Tough. Officers are federal employees and therefore subject to the policies, processes, and political fallout from Congress and the Executive Branch. The Air Force's resources come from them, so we best understand what they are, how we get them, and how to manage them.

01:22 - It's all about the resources
03:09 - The National Defense Authorization Act
Helpful Links: https://www.usa.gov/budget
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IF10429.pdf
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IF10515.pdf
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IF10514.pdf
10:10 - Manpower
13:57 - Funds
15:07 - Make friends with people who manage resources
19:41 - Equipment
22:28 - Facilities
24:53 - Follow the guidance (see https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/467167/service-chiefs-detail-2014-sequestration-effects/)
29:22 - Anecdote about End-of-year (EOY) spending practices
34:23 - Time
38:55 - Being an officer is all-encompassing

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Jan 08, 2020
016 - Setting SMART and “Everest” Goals
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Welcome to 2020! It's going to be a great year. One way to make the most of the new year is to set goals. In this episode, Reed outlines the definition and suggestions for setting SMART and Everest type goals. 

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Jan 01, 2020
015 - Jimmy Stewart's "Strategic Air Command"
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Merry Christmas! Jimmy Stewart's "It's a Wonderful Life" is a classic Christmas favorite, but did you know that he was an officer in the Air Force? In this short episode, Colin shares some lessons in officership from another Jimmy Stewart movie, "Strategic Air Command." Though dated, the movie offers an excellent glimpse into life as an Air Force officer.

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Dec 25, 2019
014 - Leading Airmen
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Continuing their discussion on things the Air Force values in its officers, Colin and Reed discuss the all encompassing topic of leadership. Tune in for a history lesson on leadership theory and some ideas for your development as a leader of airmen. 

01:45 - Defining leadership
08:14 - The history of leadership theory
14:32 - Media and its effect on leadership theory
18:02 - Leadership is more art than science
21:10 - Tools for leadership development
26:45 - Colin and Reed share experiences with leadership failure/success

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Dec 18, 2019
013 - Executing the mission
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Lucky Thirteen! Colin and Reed follow up on CSAF Gen David Goldfein's memo to wing commanders from earlier this year. Kicking off a short series of episodes on the values outlined within the memo, Colin and Reed focus on the importance of executing the mission as an Air Force officer.

02:17 - What is meant by mission in "mission first"?
06:38 - What is meant by first in "mission first"?
11:53 - Why focus on "mission first"?
15:06 - Reed explains the relationship vs outcome matrix (see Reed's "whiteboard" lecture in the Facebook group)
27:22 - Colin and Reed share experiences with mission failure/success

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Dec 11, 2019
012 - 13N Nuclear & Missile Operations Officer with Maj Greg Carter
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In this episode Colin interviews Maj Greg "Meta" Carter about the 13N Nuclear Operations Officer career field. Listen to learn about the Air Force's nuclear enterprise, the importance of staff work to officer development, and enlisted commissioning programs.

01:48 - Greg's prior enlisted background
06:15 - Enlisted commissioning programs
21:37 - What is nuclear operations?
29:52 - Who is the 13N's customer?
36:33 - Who does a 13N work with?
39:57 - What does 13N career progression look like?
47:05 - Greg's approach to professional development
(see The Armed Forces Officer by Richard M. Swain and Albert C. Pierce  https://ndupress.ndu.edu/Portals/68/Documents/Books/AFO/Armed-Forces-Officer.pdf)
49:03 - Staff work as an officer
53:07 - USSTRATCOM
57:47 - Greg's leadership philosophy 
01:02:11 - Advice for airmen interested in 13N
01:07:07 - Greg's future plans/Foreign Affairs
01:11:20 - Greg shares some great war stories
01:15:47 - How Greg got his callsign
01:19:04 - What is means to be an Air Force officer

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Dec 04, 2019
011 - Gratitude while deployed or TDY
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Happy Thanksgiving! In this episode Colin and Reed share some brief experiences about being deployed or TDY during Thanksgiving. To all who are away from family right now, you're in our thoughts and we wish you a speedy return home.

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Nov 27, 2019
010 - Answers to your recent questions
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With the growth of the listening audience, the questions have started to flow in. Colin and Reed have already answered back directly to the authors, but felt it worthwhile to share those answers with everybody else.
02:30 - Reviews and how they help the podcast
05:01 - What to do when you have difficulty contacting an OTS recruiter?
08:37 - When are the different types of AFROTC scholarships awarded?
10:31 - Is it okay to work with an OTS recruiter from a different region?
11:41 - How is the process of applying for OTS different when going into the Air Force Reserve? (see the following links:
https://www.ang.af.mil/Careers/
https://afreserve.com/jobs/
https://www.arpc.afrc.af.mil/Services/Guard-Reserve-Factsheets/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/637906/accessions/)
16:07 - What does Colin think about being an Air Force civil engineer?
18:05 - What is it like being a 61CX Chemist in the Air Force?

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Nov 20, 2019
009 - Toolbox: Bullet writing
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Given their recent discussion on how officers get promoted and the changes coming to that system, Colin and Reed felt it appropriate to share some thoughts on the critical skill of bullet writing. 
01:15 - People don't get promoted; their records do
05:52 - Tip #1: The best way to learn to write bullets is to write bullets
08:34 - Tip #2: Find a bullet jedi
12:36 - Tip #3: Follow existing guidance
15:10 - Tip #4: Look up/Raise your vision
19:43 - Tip #5: Some career fields and people are easier to write about than others
22:42 - Tip #6: Follow the format that your boss wants
24:48 - Rapid fire suggestions for bullet writing
29:19 - Post your bullets to the Facebook discussion group to get some feedback (see https://www.facebook.com/groups/airforceofficerpodcast/)

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Nov 13, 2019
008 - Colin's tips for success in AFROTC
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Following Reed's thoughts on how to be successful at OTS, Colin shares some ideas on how to succeed in Air Force ROTC. 
01:17 - OTS is a package deal
03:08 - Tip #1: Learn to prioritize
07:38 - What should you pick for an academic major? (see AFROTC's "Highly Desired Majors" https://www.afrotc.com/scholarships/desired-majors/)
16:51 - Tools for establishing priorities
23:37 - Tip #2: Air Force ROTC is not enough
29:17 - You're preparing for a lifestyle, not a job
33:05 - Professional reading is critical to your development
36:27 - Field Training is not hard
40:51 - Tip #3: Air Force ROTC is not the Air Force
46:47 - Look for the principles that carry over into the Air Force

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Nov 06, 2019
007 - Reed's tips for success at OTS
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Bringing attention back to commissioning programs, Reed explains to Colin and all who are interested in attending OTS his tips for success. 
02:32 - Reed gets asked for advice quite often
03:50 - Tip #1: Be humble and accept the training
06:04 - What is meant by training?
10:19 - Reed's double body weight deadlift (https://www.instagram.com/p/B4Oy1tIB4xq/)
12:30 - Tip #2: Bring your experience
16:53 - Tip #3: You will not succeed alone
26:27 - Officers not are more or better; they are different
31:42 - Tip #4: Prepare for OTS like it's a deployment
33:12 - The daily schedule at OTS
41:07 - You have a responsibility to prepare others for OTS
44:42 - Tip #5: Define your Why
54:19 - What is the best Why?

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Oct 30, 2019
006 - New Line of the Air Force developmental categories
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Changes are on the horizon for how Line of the Air Force officers are promoted. In this episode Colin and Reed discuss the proposed developmental categories and how they may affect some of the written and unwritten rules of promotion.
02:04 - Senior leaders recognize issues within existing promotion system
03:31 - CSAF memo to his wing commanders
06:12 - What do we value in our officers?
09:06 - The new developmental categories
19:07 - Humility of our senior leaders
23:53 - Examples of career path differences
27:57 - Why should a CGO care about this?
32:27 - What else are we looking forward to?

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Oct 23, 2019
005 - How do Air Force officers get promoted?
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Shifting gears from the process of becoming an Air Force officer, Colin and Reed now take a deep dive into how they get promoted. Whether preparing for an upcoming board or a brand new 2d Lt, this information is critical as you define what it means for you to be successful.
01:47 - Colin and Reed emphasize the importance of defining career success
08:03 - Defining position and authority within the Air Force
14:46 - DOPMA and ROPMA govern the promotion process (see http://dopma-ropma.rand.org)
17:51 - The harsh realities of the up or out system
22:09 - Why should a 2d Lt care about this stuff?
26:41 - Promotion zones and categories
30:49 - The board process and Record of Performance (ROP)
39:18 - This is a hot topic and may all change soon
41:29 - The unwritten rules of promotions; masters degrees, stratification, proximity to senior raters, timing, etc.
58:56 - HPO or High Potential Officer system
01:07:43 - Reed and Colin define career success

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Oct 16, 2019
004 - What do Air Force officers do?
3411

Having explained how to become an officer (through OTS and AFROTC), Colin and Reed now explore the range and scope of the many things officers do in the Air Force.
01:09 - Colin and Reed explain their respective career fields
04:43 - Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs) and the classification directory
11:55 - The simple way to understand AFSCs
16:33 - AFSCs are not static and often change
21:27 - Most people in the Air Force don't fly
25:10 - Civilian equivalents to Air Force officer career fields
32:40 - Being an Air Force officer provides many transferrable skills
40:16 - The career progression for Air Force officers
42:13 - Is the Air Force having an identity crisis?
46:24 - Air Force officers are a weapon system and force multiplier
50:59 - Colin and Reed give their final thoughts on what Air Force officers do

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Oct 09, 2019
003 - How do you become an Air Force officer? Part 2 (AFROTC)
2509

Colin and Reed continue to explain the process of becoming an Air Force officer, this time focusing on Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).
01:25 - Air Force ROTC produces the most officers
02:02 - What is AFROTC?
04:20 - Things that affect AFROTC detachments
09:37 - How many people can join?
12:21 - How do you join?
(see https://www.afrotc.com)
14:32 - What are the eligibility requirements?
17:24 - Height/weight and medical standards
23:11 - International students cannot do AFROTC
25:29 - Criminal background and drug use
29:19 - Reed shares his story about getting pulled over on the way to OTS
33:07 - Create a WINGS account
(see https://wings.holmcenter.com/psp/hcp/LANDING/PORT_HCP/c/W_ROTC.W_PTL_PRESCREEN.GBL)
34:39 - Register for AFROTC classes through your university
35:49 - Weekly time commitment 

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Oct 02, 2019
002 - How do you become an Air Force officer? Part 1 (OTS)
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Having discussed "What is an Air Force officer" in their first episode, Colin and Reed now explain the process of becoming one. In this episode, Reed explains everything you need to know about Air Force Officer Training School (OTS).
00:46 - Focus on OTS and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
02:25 - Program Guidance Letter (PGL) explained!
06:24 - Commissioning source pecking order
7:15 - The many many types of OTS applicants
9:53 - The many types of Air Force officers
12:09 - The multiple different Air Force components
12:59 - You need to work with a recruiter to go to OTS
14:46 - Reed explains his key principles for applying to OTS
15:10 - Working with a recruiter
17:16 - Reed shares his experience applying for OTS
19:19 - Resources available for applying to OTS
(see https://www.airforceots.com)
20:08 - Contact Reed at reed.gann@us.af.mil
21:00 - Stay on top of your paperwork!
22:21 - Have a Plan B in place
23:41 - Reed talks about cancelled OTS selection boards when he applied
27:33 - Work your Plan A (OTS) and Plan B (something else) simultaneously
29:00 - To be continued...

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Sep 25, 2019
001 - What is an Air Force officer?
2833

In their inaugural episode, Colin and Reed set the stage and attempt to answer the fundamental question underlying CommissionED: The Air Force Officer Podcast, namely "What is an Air Force officer?"
00:52 - Host introductions
04:13 - Worst National Anthem EVER!!
(here's the evidence: https://youtu.be/EumPzPxBXxE)
05:04 - Purpose and intent of CommissionED
10:02 - Review of Title 10 USCode requirements to be an officer
11:09 - Review of the eight requirements outlined in AFI 36-2005 Officer Accessions
20:42 - Are officers and the commissioning sources elitist?
21:40 - Defining good moral character
22:23 - Which of the eight Air Force officer requirements can be influenced?
24:07 - Reed shares his thoughts on the question "What is an officer?" (see The Armed Forces Officer by Richard M. Swain and Albert C. Pierce here: https://ndupress.ndu.edu/Portals/68/Documents/Books/AFO/Armed-Forces-Officer.pdf)
26:55 - Enlisted leadership: How are they different from commissioned officers?
30:07 - Colin shares his thoughts
(check out The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army by Paul Lockhart here: https://www.amazon.com/Drillmaster-Valley-Forge-Steuben-American-ebook/dp/B001EWOFJU/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1558567622&sr=8-1
and
On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by David Grossman here: https://www.amazon.com/Killing-Psychological-Cost-Learning-Society-ebook/dp/B00J90F8W2/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=on+killing&qid=1562817059&s=gateway&sr=8-2)
44:51 - Closing comments

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Sep 18, 2019
000 - Pilot
1847

In this episode, Colin and Reed share thoughts and ideas about the Air Force ROTC Field Training, Officer Training School, and officer accessions.
01:00 - Cadets at Field Training
07:00 - Cadre at Field Training
12:00 - Ideas about officer accessions
17:00 - Guidance for Field Training
26:00 - Guidance for Air Force officer accessions

Jun 24, 2019