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DO Away With Use or Lose Leave and apply it towards Retirement

Allow service members to save their leave as they desire. Do not take away any excess leave based on their decision to not take any during that Fiscal year. Instead do not offer to buy it back but allow them to save it unconditionally and apply it toward their departure or retirement of the military. So if a military member is about to retire and their 20 year mark is identified, they have 142 days of leave saved up, ...more »

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Stop Paying Civilians to Conduct Fitness Testing

The Air Force lost faith in its NCOs a few years ago and decided it would be better off paying a legion of civilian bureaucrats to conduct the tests. Not a single one of these civilian jobs is necessary. Cut them in entirety. We're a military service and our NCOs are capable of setting, bearing, and enforcing standards. Our officers are capable of leading and using discipline where necessary to reinforce and maintain ...more »

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Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing) We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay ...more »

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Military uniforms

Oh. My. Goodness - Where to begin? We have at LEAST 4 main branches of the military. Each branch as at LEAST 2 uniforms (for the Air Force we have ABUs, BDUs (that are phasing out), Blues, Service Dress, Mess Dress, Informal...) It's unrealistic. Not to mention a whole WASTE of paper that outlines specific rules and measurements for wearing each uniform... down to the 1/4 inch! Are you KIDDING?! We're a military ...more »

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Remove Golf Courses from AF Installations

The Air Force constructs and maintains golf courses on the majority of installations. The running joke (which is not so funny) is that the first thing the AF built on the installation was the golf course and the second was the airfield. I know of one installation that has *two* golf courses and a major construction project was going to take one; in order for the project to proceed they had to agree to build a replacement ...more »

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Elimination of DoD Decal on vehicles

Eliminate the DoD sticker on vehicles...this was tried in the Air Force but the Army did not like it. There is no value to a DoD sticker since ID cards are used for entry onto installations. They cost money to make and people need to waste government time to register their vehicles so productivity loss too. Police funtions can run plates which is much more efficient and accurate than a DoD data base. Most Army posts ...more »

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SAVE MILLIONS PER YEAR BY ELIMINATING WASTED BAH!

There are over 30K mil couples (one mil member married to another) on active duty in the USAF. Both spouses are receiving untaxed Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). One of the member’s is receiving BAH at the “single” rate (i.e. they have a spouse and/or child) rate, while the other is also receiving BAH at the “single” rate. This is obviously necessary, if they are stationed in separate locations. However, if they are ...more »

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Eliminate aircrew flight pay for AF UAV pilots and sensors

The Air Force currently pays officer pilots and enlisted sensors of unmanned vehicles such as the MQ-1 and MQ-9, a monthly bonus of $800. Though these two positions are two of the fastest growing and in demand positions in the Air Force, they basically fly in a room, on the ground and do not fly in the air in actual flight conditions. It is s a tremendous waste of money to reward thousands of pilots and sensors with that ...more »

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Government pay is messed up

Salary of the US President - $400,000. Salary of retired US Presidents - $180,000. Salary of House/Senate - $174, 000. Salary of Speaker of the House - $223,500. Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders - $193,400. Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN IRAQ - $38,000. I think we found where the cuts should be made!

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Eliminate Staff Vehicles and VIP Aircraft from the DoD Fleet

Staff vehicles and aircraft are a huge waste of money for a Colonel up to four star General to have his own transportation at the cost to the tax payer. 1 staff vehicle (currently a Ford Fusion Hybrid) per O-6 and higher in the military has a base price of $28,600 per vehicle. Just on our base alone there are 7 of these vehicles, costing a total of $200,200.00, take that times approximately 81 AF Bases equals $16.2M. ...more »

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End of Year Spending

Instead of penalizing programs for saving money, allow saved monies to be rolled over into the next year. This will end large amounts of waste at the end of the year when everybody in the government is trying to get the money spent that is on programs. Granted, it will require a large overhaul to the accounting practices and the color of money. But I would estimate that this happens for every Federal agency and program ...more »

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Simple Solar Idea for Military Installations

Cover the roofs of large buildings on military installations with solar panels. The enormous square footage of these roofs presents an "already-in-place" platform for solar energy generation. No additional space would be required for solar farms, wind turbines (which would be impractical due to the danger posed to flight operations), etc. Just use the space we already have. This would drastically reduce the strain ...more »

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Save billions by using military instead of contractors

The Government pays contractors billions of dollars to do installation projects that could be accomplaished by assets that are already in place! I work in the Telecommunications field and have deployed twice to Iraq and Afghanistan to install communications on bases there. I also went to Iraq for 1 year as a contractor. I made more money in the one year as a contractor (over 170k) than I did the other 2 combined! And ...more »

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TELEWORK!!!!!!

We have been advised that Telework is both supported and encouraged by the Sec. of DOD and CMDR. in Chief. However, the loophole states that the final decision is left up to supervisors etc. There are other agencies(DLA) doing the exact same work and permitted to Telework, where as we NAVSUPWSS are not,, simply because the supervisors just don't like the idea. I live over an hour away from work and have asked for Telework,, ...more »

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