I haven't talked to a strike team guy yet who doesn't prefer it. 14/14 with a $20,000 stipend. And despite what was stated above, I'm about 85% sure AEL pays their travel. Their main function is to open new bases and fill in where Area Pilots cannot. They used to function as a sort of standardization department as well, but I think that sort of went by the wayside awhile back. 14/14 not for me, but works for some.