First off be grateful that you are in the operational community at all. I spent 5 years of my life in CE and while I didn't completely despise mission support it was not where I wanted to be. I worked hard and applied to get into any flying program(Pilot, CSO, ABM) and was accepted into the CSO program and will never scoff at it. I wanted to be a pilot above everything else but the AF decided this was best for me and I was more than happy to take the position.
There was another individual in my flight at Pensacola who had the same experience as me but he still wanted to pursue the pilot program. He was 28 when he started the CSO program. He made his intentions known to leadership and tried just about every angle to get in to UPT while still enrolled in UCT. He even put together an application package and submitted it. It never left Pensacola...
Don't slap the AF in the face for a good thing that has been given to you...it could be worse. There are waivers that you may be able to get for a Guard/Reserve unit. From what I have seen from the guy I know who was trying to do the same thing as you no units will really even talk to you until you finish UCT and the schoolhouse for your MWS (whatever you end up getting.)
If you have specific questions feel free to PM me. But as for the goings on down at P-Cola; do well in academics and the flightline and keep your head down. If you make your intentions public the word will get around and it won't be looked upon very favorably....
Edited by HerkNav, 25 March 2012 - 08:55 PM.