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    Comparison of BQ Answers

    By all three I assume you mean your coworker, his son, and his nephew, correct? Fair enough. I have no problem admitting my mistake. It makes me very curious to see how this questionnaire is scored and measured then. I suspect questionnaires with the exact same answers would get flagged by...
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    Comparison of BQ Answers

    You make a valid point. Some combinations will be more frequent than others among a population, and hence why it is believed by the FAA that such a test has predictive ability in determining who will be successful in ATC training. If it was truly random there would obviously be no predictive...
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    Comparison of BQ Answers

    I'm not sure if you are talking to me, but I have plenty of room.
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    Comparison of BQ Answers

    I hope this doesn't come across as me calling your coworker or his nephew and son a liar, but I'm suspicious about these claims that x number of people got together and answered this questionnaire the same way. A.) Beforehand, who would've thought that the questionnaire would eliminate so...
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    The Opinion Article on the WSJ: The Fall of the College

    Don't get me wrong, Riddle, DeVry, ITT Tech, etc. are all overpriced schools in my opinion. That's why the GI Bill exists so I can continue to live my life by the proven theory of: Step 1: Underpants Step 2: ? Step 3: Profit It's worked out for me so far, but I think underpants may be in a...
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    The Opinion Article on the WSJ: The Fall of the College

    LOL. You're making me come to the defense of a for-profit college. DeVry's undergraduate in-residence engineering technology degrees are accredited by TAC of ABET (Accredited Program Search). Conversely, their fully online degrees aren't currently accredited. However, with a program...
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    The Opinion Article on the WSJ: The Fall of the College

    I assume you mean ITT Tech, am I correct? ITT Tech is accredited by a national accrediting body. Most regionally accredited schools (what most state and non-profits are) only accept credit in transfer from other regionally accredited schools; however, it is still up to the school's discretion...
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    The Opinion Article on the WSJ: The Fall of the College

    Not justifying either school, but they are both accredited institutions as in accredited by bodies recognized by CHEA. Actually, DeVry also happens to be a TO-CTI school. Approved Technical Operations CTP Schools and Associated Checklists
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    New Budget to Hurt Controllers Hired After January 1st...

    Like someone else mentioned, actual hire date is what counts. However, you may still be grandfathered under the old rate if the wording is something like "at least five years of potentially creditable service on or before December 31, 2013." Your Active Duty Air Force service should cover you...
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    GI Bill for OJT

    A few reasons: 1.) Money. Someone going to college full time at a campus with an NYC zip code gets $3,258 extra a month in their checking account on top of N90 pay. 2.) Knowledge. Even if someone stays a controller and doesn't use the degree to get a job, the education could pay off. For...
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    GI Bill for OJT

    The difference is even more pronounced for someone working at N90 (I don't work there). N90 falls under the Long Island BAH rate which is $2,343/month. New York City BAH (highest in the country) is $3,258/month. Ignoring future increases, someone going to school in New York City will receive...
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    October 1st Government Shutdown

    Oh, ok. With your comment on Obamacare, I figured if it was potentially affecting you in such a way then you ran one of the larger small businesses in the country. I was wondering why you would walk away from millions. I'm not trying to put you down as I admire most all small business owners...
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    October 1st Government Shutdown

    I thought Obamacare only mandates that businesses with at least 50 full time employees provide healthcare coverage or pay a penalty? I'm not an expert, so maybe I am missing something. Why are you trying to go to the FAA if you are running such a successful business?
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    FAA or Private Sector?

    In my opinion between the FAA (or any federal job) and the oil industry I would choose the FAA hands down. The industry you are in right now is very cyclical. While the industry is booming things are great as I'm sure you can attest, but things will go south very fast when a bust hits...
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    401K

    While there is an income cap on direct contributions to a Roth IRA, there is no income cap on conversions. Therefore, it can be as simple as contributing money to a non-deductibe IRA (if you are above income limits for Roth then you will also be above income limits for any deduction), and then...
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    ANG Vs. AF, Pros and Cons

    Correct, there are ten states with air traffic control squadrons (ATCS). 1.)OR 2.)MO 3.)WY 4.)LA 5.)NC 6.)SC 7.)PA 8.)NH 9.)MS 10.)HI Active duty USAF would provide ATC for most USAF bases. Examples of exceptions would be Andrews AFB and Charleston AFB where the FAA provides ATC. There...
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    TOL Update... *rumor*

    Things were different several years back. I'm fairly certain the reason for the OTS announcements was that the applicant pool between CTI/VRA did not then meet hiring demand. Here are some things I remember back in 2007 (VRA at least): 1.) Panels met monthly or maybe every other month 2.) You...
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    Air National Guard ?

    You may have misinterpreted what he said. The rule is that for every 90 days deployed in a fiscal year as a Guardsman you can reduce the age you can claim the pension annuity by 3 months. Medical benefits still are locked at 60. They are trying to change it and remove the fiscal year...
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    Air National Guard ?

    Also, federal active duty time counts both towards the ANG non-regular pension and FERS pension (if you buy it back). Really nice to have the same time count towards two pensions.
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    FERS Revised Annuity and Military

    From the way I am interpreting it an employee hired/re-hired on or after January 1, 2013 would need at least five years of creditable/potentially creditable service as of December 31, 2012 in order to be grandfathered into the lower rate. For example, someone serves honorably for five years on...