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Agree with WheelsOff, I moved quickly through upgrade (more luck and timing) and went to PCO (AC upgrade) at just under 2 years on station (21 mo. CMR) and upgraded to AC at 2 years CMR, that included an additional trip back to Altus for copilot airdrop school. I think we are going to see that timeline compress due to the shortage of pilots in the community now. Going at 2 years was considered fast but now I think we are going to see that become the norm for two reasons: 1) we are undermanned and 2) with 2 squadrons closing and the remaining squadrons not getting any bigger, there's less competition for school slots (CPAD slots used to be very competitive, now we are sending guys with less than 200 hours back to Altus).
As a dude who escaped from robots, it is near and dear to my heart what it's like to show up and be three or more years retarded from your peers. If career advancement is your thing, this cross flow gig is not for you. If you're tired of explaining to your FE the finer points of holding and flying upside down and killing bad guys are in your bucket list, give it a whirl. Those IGI and WG/XP positions aren't gonna fill themselves.
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