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  1. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Office Space is the most accurate film about the Air Force ever made.
  2. If I had the money prior to joining the Air Force (I didn't), I would have spent it on getting an instrument rating. Much of what you're going to do in UPT is completely different from what you'd do in civilian flying. What doesn't change ... an ILS approach is an ILS approach. Knowing the concepts before starting UPT would be a big help IMO. We had a guy who was a CFII and he cruised right through the instrument phase (and everything else). I cannot even comprehend showing up to UPT with literally no flight time. Just my two cents as a guy who showed up to UPT with a PPL.
  3. I flew MQ-9s and killed people. I saw an entire spectrum of reactions. Some people handle it without issue, some people break down crying in the debrief, some people go home and drink too much, one dude passed out when it was time to shoot. You never know what you're going to get from someone until it happens. The people who approached the task of killing as just another job to excel at seemed to have the least problems. That's the approach I took and would recommend. It is not a job for the squeamish. I saw heads and limbs blown off, injured dudes flopping around trailing their guts be
  4. I'd recommend buying an AFOQT study guide or 2, then taking the AFOQT. It won't cost you much, and an hour of study per night for a week or two should be more than enough prep time. The practice tests in the study guides will be a great help to you.
  5. I can't speak for the fighter or F-35 specific stuff, but if go-arounds were a bean, people would have to log them. That might diminish the reluctance of folks to go around in a borderline situation, since they'd have the face-saving option of rehacking currency.
  6. The major party POTUS candidates have been especially bad the last two elections. I'm a third party guy, but I'd take any of the major party candidates from the previous 3 decades over Trump, Hillary or Biden.
  7. We had a guy in my class hook all four checkrides in the T-6 and still graduate. You can do this. I struggled as well and just chairflew everything with the cockpit printout in front of me (radio calls, where I was turning, what my visual reference was, what pitch and power settings, what switches I was flipping, etc.). If you have to think in flight, you're going to struggle. Practice the basics until you can do them from muscle memory. That's what worked for me. If you're in UPT, then you're talented enough to graduate. You can do this. Don't quit.
  8. As yet another divorced pilot chiming in on this thread: DO.NOT.GET.MARRIED. I've literally never met a man who regretted staying single.
  9. They probably have the same name as the one poor IPZ person with a DP who didn't get promoted. Luck is a skill.
  10. I know someone who got one of those (n+1)/n strats. He earned it.
  11. I think they "randomly" select people who can waste a couple hours without affecting the flying schedule. I remember being on casual status prior to UPT and having to go pee in a cup three times in one two week period, including back to back days. Either I was just available, or someone was spreading lies about me. Same thing happened at my first base after UPT. I don't get tested for over a year, go DNIF and get tested twice in a week again.
  12. We haven't had a draft in decades, we should save some money and skip this debate by scrapping our draft registration system.
  13. I've been tagged to do one. I got a 10 minute powerpoint presentation and then a 15 minute discussion with the JAG. I did get some support and advice during the investigation, so that helped.
  14. I declined continuation in 2016. I separated one month later, so there is some flexibility on DOS. If you're looking to get out fast, follow up with your MPF to make sure that they are processing you correctly as an involuntary separation. These go much faster. Voluntary separations for officers have to go to the SECAF and through associated wickets along the way. The approval authority for involuntary separations for officers is some random E-5 at AFPC.
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