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The Super-T/Light CAS combo is one of the few things that would get me to just about instantly volunteer for something.
If the O-8s think the troops don't want that kind of thing...there must be more than one USAF, because that's not the one I'm in.
So I took the ATP CTP back in March, but am waiting til after the masses complete the practical by Jul 31st. I am curious what the thoughts are on prices dropping and/or smaller places folding due to business drying up. Seeing what the peanut gallery's take is on the subject.
Your best bet is to make a list of all the Reserve/ANG fighter units out there and start contacting them. See what manning requirements they have and figure out how you can help them. Also, find out when they are having a drill weekend and plan to go visit. There is a lot more to it, but this will get you started.
We've put a few BUFF guys through already when they got hired for the B-1 reserve unit, and they all seemed to do fine. I think they'll be OK in the beginning at the ops squadron. Where the credibility thing will really come into question is this scheme for them to upgrade to instructor a year after graduating the FTU. Most pilots don't upgrade to IP until about three years in an ops squadron, most WSOs at two. AFGSC will have to re-write some portions of the 11-2B-1 for these guys to meet minimum hours/sorties/time to upgrade to AC, FLUG, and IP.
They should be relatively knowledgeable about the threats in general. Since the Bone's defensive stuff is much more user friendly, I doubt they'll have issues. My worry for the Buff guys going to the Bone is fitting in from a credibility standpoint. You take a guy who's been flying really nothing more than Lancer sorties and the occasional CBP deployment and you plunk him into a squadron where even most of the LTs have combat time. Tough sledding, if you ask me. The Bone guys coming to us will probably have a leg up on your average run-of-the-mill offender, as we're only qualifying them in the offense seats. Just get ready for a culture shock when you go from 1980s tech to 1960s.