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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I don't have a dog in this fight obviously but I remember meeting Bondo when back when he was the F-15 Demonstration Team pilot, seemed like a solid guy and it sucks this is happening to him.
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    AFROTC Advice

    Major in something you might actually like to do for a career, in case the Air Force/flying doesn't pan out for some reason.
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    SNL Call Sign Skit

    Anyone else notice the Hot Shots patch on the first guys right shoulder?
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    Getting into the AF Academy

    I'm referring to the fact that the Academys got lots of pros AND cons. I know several people that go there, and without getting into any details I have very little respect for the Academy's honor board. If you get in (say you will for motivation) most likely you'll avoid having any problems but one of my friends wasn't so lucky. Stay away from classmates who think they can get away with anything.. even if they do. Not trying to discourage you, just be aware that not everyone follows the core values. And while I personally would pick the AFA over the other commissioning sources for a variety of reasons, as many others on here have said the other routes can work out just fine and may offer you a path better suited for your needs. ROTC is a great option, the standards for entry are much lower, and you can still get a pilot slot while living a normal college lifestyle.
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    Getting into the AF Academy

    You'll need atleast a 3.75 GPA with APs if you want to get into the Academy. It was insanely competitive in 2008 when I was first applying and the incoming classes are even smaller now. You're almost guaranteed a pilot slot if you're medically qualified, but there are better institutions you can go to (you'll just have to pay for them). Some ROTC dets get more rated slots because some dets have more rated applicants. My det had very few that wanted to go rated. Also according to a friend whos there now, almost 100% of rated applicants get picked up at ERAU. YMMV.
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    Mental Health issues

    Everybody goes through shit at some point during their life, that doesn't necessarily mean they wouldn't be qualified to serve in the military.
  7. Since you are not attending the school the ROTC program is at you would be considered a crosstown cadet. There should be zero issues with you attending LLAB/classes as a crosstown so long as you meet all the requirements to join. My det was roughly half crosstowns and some would drive as far as 3 hours every Friday to attend training. Since you are almost done you should start as an AS250 and shoot for Field Training as soon as possible, however the learning curve will be steeper as you'll only have a year to learn what most of your classmates did in 2. And as far as CC's go I know a couple cadets that got pilot slots that transferred so its definitely possible. Your 3.5 GPA is solid for EA selection so as long as you don't fail any classes and participate (and pass the dodmerb) you'll be fine.
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    Mental Health issues

    Any follow up on your situation? Were you prescribed meds of any kind for your depression? I'm very interested to hear the full circumstances. Feel free to PM me if you don't want to post it publicly.
  9. As someone who did exactly what you are doing right now, and rightfully got pounded for it, take what these guys are saying and go with it. Arguing with Danger makes it look like you're going to do the same thing with your instructors at UPT.. see how that goes for you. You say you're passionate about getting a fighter, great, let it show through your work ethic.
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    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-la-worst-traffic-20160314-story.html LA traffic shouldn't deter you from picking a detachment, its merely another factor to consider when choosing and subsequently getting there once a week if you're a crosstown cadet. I had to sit in traffic for almost 2 hours after every LLAB which was very frustrating but in my opinion it was worth the benefit of spending every Friday at an awesome nationally ranked school surrounded by great classmates and thousands of gorgeous girls. Bottom line ROTC is what you make of it. Very few, if any detachments are mediocre enough that you can't grow as a person and achieve the goals you want. I spent time at 2 different dets and had vastly different experiences from each one. Its all about attitude.. sprout where you are planted and make the most of whichever one you end up at. Do some research, find a det that best fits your needs and show up with an open mind ready to work hard. It can be as rewarding or as miserable as you want it to be. Yes being a cadet (especially underclassman) does suck at times but its only four years and you will learn a lot about yourself again if you are willing to put in the effort. Find a balance between studying and tearing it up on weekends just don't be stupid and break the law like getting a DUI and don't let your grades slip. The cadets that usually fail out (yes it happens) are the ones who don't find that balance and focus too much on one thing. I let my grades slip early on and it ultimately cost me a Field Training slot after 3 years of hard work. Also don't be the guy that only shows up to PT and LLAB then bails either, get involved in your wing and show them you truly want to be an Air Force Officer and work hard to get the scores to back it up. Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding ROTC/LA dets.
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    Voted #1 worst overall in the US several decades running!
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    LMU is a much smaller det, but generally had lower EA selections than USC from what they said. But, downtown LA traffic is absolutely terrible. I recommend giving the UCLA det a look, their EAs and rated slots are usually fairly high.
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    F-22 Raptor info

    Where did CNN get that $412 mil figure? Seriously, I thought it wasn't even close to that.
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    5 year major

    Just FYI i would say roughly 30-40% of the cadets at my det were on a 5 year track. I'm assuming you are a tech major which is no big deal, you would just be a super senior your 5th year and pretty much just sit back and help out with anything your POC/upperclassmen need until you commission.