Jump to content
Baseops Forums


Supreme User
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by EvilEagle

  1. Each unit is likely different, when you contact them they will let you know when is best to show up. At my unit it's best to be there Friday afternoon and Saturday. Sunday we are mostly in the vault all day and you won't get much interaction with the pilots. BL it depends - talk to the contact at the unit you are rushing and they'll have more info for you.
  2. The real question would be why? Sometimes it happens; we try to avoid it to the max extent possible. Every community does things a bit different, every jet has completely different HOTAS and community standards so if you switch you will likely not be an asset to your new community for a long while after being hired. Why do you ask?
  3. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    We typically have 25-30 for each drill weekend leading up to interviews and we usually try to interview no more than 5 or 6.
  4. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    We might hire more if we get a good group of applicants. We may hire less if they aren't as strong. As a general rule we'd like to hire 3-4 per board in Nola, doesn't always work that way.
  5. EvilEagle

    AD or Guard Help

    All of your question have been answered here many times. Use the search function and you’ll find em.
  6. Fresno is there for the exercise. No name released yet. .05
  7. EvilEagle

    How important is visiting units?

    I think it all depends on how it goes on the first visit. If you are comfortable, things seem to be going well and you made some connections, the guys will probably say "I hope you keep coming back". That's an open invitation. Each squadron is different but visiting more than once is more likely to be a good thing than a bad thing.
  8. EvilEagle

    Fishing for options, another old dude edition

    If you do go to the ANG, there are programs to send people to OCONUS assignments for a couple of years. We had a guy that was going to Kadena for a 3 year assignment, changed his mind as it got close. It's not as often as AD, but I don't know anyone in the ANG that ended up going to staff, school or white jets that didn't ask for it; not the case on AD. Either way, good luck!
  9. EvilEagle

    Best chances at becoming a fighter pilot

    The ANG is a great option. If you want to go that route you'll need good grades, some leadership background and to get hired asap after college (while you're young). There are advantages to both ANG and AD (I've done both). Keep reading the forums and you'll catch on to most of the pro/cons. Good on you for setting a goal at a young age. Just remember you don't really know anything yet - and won't for a while - about the military and flying in the military in particular. A lot of young people say they want to be a fighter pilot but they don't know why, don't know what the life of a fighter pilot is like and don't understand the things that go along with being a fighter pilot. You might find out that you are much more suited for airlift, rescue, tankers, etc. We need good people in every airframe and there are folks that love what they do in any aviation walk of life. Setting a goal is good, I recommend not getting so focused on one specific goal (that you don't know much about yet) that you don't keep your eyes open for other opportunities that might make you happy. Good luck!
  10. EvilEagle

    How important is visiting units?

    We don't interview folks that don't visit. I understand it's not free/easy to visit, funny thing is that there's nothing free or easy about becoming a fighter pilot. As Brabus said, we have tons of visitors and highly qualified applicants for every board, someone that doesn't show their face isn't going to stand out enough to get an interview. Good luck!
  11. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    Sounds like a great setup. I wish we had recruiters that we could trust to do things the right way/the way we want it done and in a timely fashion. Sadly that's far too much to ask in this neck of the woods.
  12. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    We don't even let the recruiters touch the packets until we've decided who we're going to interview. If you are applying to the Louisiana ANG and you aren't talking to a pilot, you aren't actually applying. Recruiters don't recruit pilots.
  13. Many of these "new" AGR positions are converting technician positions to AGR. You can't legally pre-select someone but many times the most competitive person for that "new" AGR is the guy/girl that's in the technician position that was traded away for that AGR. YMMV
  14. You don't need to talk to a recruiter, you need to talk to a pilot to get hired. If you want to set up tests and administrative things like that, try the local AFROTC unit as well. They administer all of those tests.
  15. My unit has hired several guys straight into AGR. If you are changing airframes you'll get MEST days ("seasoning days") first. How much depends on your experience and how big of a transition you are making. Lots of ways to get a full active retirement. AGR is the easiest math, but ADOS, deployment (MPA) and seasoning all count towards your 20 years.
  16. EvilEagle

    Points, no pay?

    I know guys that have done USAFA interviews, CAP liaison and JROTC stuff for points only. Can put you in touch with one if you like.
  17. If you live near your guard unit, you work there and are home at night. Commute to the airline and you are gone at night. If you live at your airline domicile you are gone when you work either job. (Unles you are on reserve and not flying). Honestly if you think you can be happy flying a heavy, go do that. That’s likely where you need to be. Nothing wrong with that! Being a fighter guy is too much extra work to sign up for if you are trying to talk yourself into it. Just go fly heavies, be a guard bum and fly airlines. Being a part timer in a fighter squadron is hard freakin work; especially if you are an IP and trying to stay credible.
  18. Not required at any fighter unit I know.
  19. EvilEagle

    Honest feedback

    (remember, you asked for honest feedback...) You wouldn't be competitive for getting an interview here with those scores; other than pilot/nav they are all very low for fighters. Rushing is your best bet if you want to press it (unless you can re-test?) Having a slot or being an enlisted flier wouldn't have bearing (at least not positive bearing) on whether we gave you an interview. My advice is to take the heavy slot you have and enjoy your career!
  20. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    Walked into that one (STS)... (going to have to STS every damn thing I say from now on.... geez...)
  21. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    This is worth what you paid for it, YMMV, etc, etc I've seen a lot of my young enlisted guys tell me how they want to be a pilot. They enlist for tuition assistance, money, experience, whatever. All good reasons. I'd say more than 90% of them never even get an application together and submit it. Various reasons - most common is they drag their feet through school because they like being a crew chief/med tec/engine shop guy or the unit deploys and they have to go. One thing leads to another and they are all the sudden scrambling at 29 to take the tests, finish school and rush the squadron. Never works. If you enlist as a means to become a pilot, be warned: you aren't the first one to try it, some make it most (IME) don't. I love my enlisted dudes, couldn't make it happen without them and there's absolutely nothing wrong with the work they do or the career they chose. For a lot of them it was their second choice - just know that going in.
  22. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    Interview invites for the 122FS in New Orleans were sent out last night. Thanks for all the interest and the visits. Good luck to the interviewees.
  23. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    Reminder - next weekend is drill in New Orleans (May 18-20). We'll be sending out invites for UPT interviews after next weekend. Interviews will be held over drill weekend in June (8-10). Good luck and we'll see you in NOLA.
  24. EvilEagle

    Upcoming Boards

    I’ve had a lot of rotor dudes show up with the same questions. Your packet would go to an ARB (aviation review board) to determine exactly how your cross service time is to be counted and how much credit you’d get for training. Don’t be surprised if they require you to do a lot more than you expected. We hired a Navy Hornet guy and he might have to go back to SERE in addition to the chamber and centerfuge. It’s ridiculous, but a lot of it has to do its the way the USAF tracks and documents things vs the Navy way. Bottom line, that wouldn’t keep your from getting hired if you are the right guy for the job. Let the unit figure it out if they decide to offer you a job.
  25. EvilEagle

    Pilot Math

    Still a 1...