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    Doing Well in UPT

    You laugh, but a real life student at CBM pressed to test on this a few years ago. Not even the third ride in T-6s, pre-mission brief: IP: “So let’s get to what we wanted to work on from the last ride. Did you study up on on the stuff we talked about?” Stan: “No sir.” IP: “No? Everything alright at home?” Stan: “Oh yeah that’s fine, I just got wasted in Memphis all weekend.” Might still be the record for fastest ground hook. Stunningly the system actually worked, and got this student eventually removed from UPT. Stan is still out is out there somewhere in big blue, no idea where. It ain’t rocket surgery. Put the study time in, care enough to want to do well, and chairfly. Flying well is a bonus, but even if you aren’t, we can get you there if you’re putting the ground time in. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
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    Upcoming Boards

    Prior T-6 Flight Commander here...about 3/4s of this is reasonable, but the FAIP portion sounds sketchy. Do you know which base? We have had very good guard and reserve students who were destined for a heavy unit that we fought to get T-38s for. In each case they were at the top of the class and had fantastic attitudes. A lot has to line up for this to work. So, just to manage everyone’s expectations: 1) The gaining guard/reserve unit has to like the idea. 2) They have to like it enough that they would bug the NGB/AFRC about it to get the slot and get it paid for. 3) NGB/AFRC has to approve it. 4) The T-38 squadron also may have a say...as far as I know they are maxing out what they can take already. 5) Assuming that all this happens, it is almost certain you will still fly what you were hired to fly...you just will have gone through T-38s instead. 5.1) The only exception was an outstanding dude who was going to fly KC-135s in HI...HI ANG approved the switch to T-38s and a chance at the F-22, in HI. Not many other places where this sort of opportunity is even an option, so this was more like a one-in-million. “So you’re saying there’s a chance...” Lastly, we will approach you if we think the opportunity is there and if we think you can hack it. Just like everything else in UPT, keep your head down, do your best, and take care of others. Chairfly, study hard, cya.
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    How do I get my flight suit? - Already Active Duty

    Negative, do not get the A-2 jacket nametag. That is for the leather jacket only and is brown leather with a black leather boarder. You’ll look like a fool throwing one of those on a flight suit. The one ya want is a standard 2”x4” made of black leather only.
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    How do I get my flight suit? - Already Active Duty

    For your patches you’ll want the following: AETC MAJCOM Patch Black leather nametag with silver lettering. Students at Columbus wear the leather nametags until the class solos the T-6. You can put your current occupational badge on there if you want. An American flag for your left shoulder. Once you get to CAFB you’ll get a 14 FTW patch. Some sort of squadron patch for your right shoulder. A dude from Columbus would already have one of these so a bit different for you since you are TDY en route to Columbus. If your current unit has a patch that would at least be something to wear until you pick up a patch at IFT.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Big picture difference: ALP (only offered at CBM) students attend on a scholarship, i.e. we pay for it. T-6s only, they do all the same checkrides (just at different intervals) plus a nav check at the end. Takes a little under a year. It’s administered by the AF security assistance team for the reasons Motofalcon talked about. “International” students attend as part of the foreign military sales program. They pay for their own slots...and subsequent extra hours if they need them. Other than that, exact same UPT syllabus as an American just on their country’s own dime.
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    Columbus AFB Information

    Except for that it kind of does man. You get what hopefully is your dream job and you can’t be bothered to spend 3-4 days on the road to go make it happen? College graduate, sure. Adult and Officer? Questionable. Grow up dude. Also, nickel’s worth of free advice. Probably not the best move to ask folks in this line of work, who traverse the country and the world every 3 or so years, about how you don’t have the desire to take a little road trip. I mean really. Also, what was your plan for after UPT and/or every time you move for the rest of your life?
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    T-38 Down @ DLF

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    Non-Availibility lodging/letter

    Word dude. Definitely don't stay on base. Most folks going through PIT get some arrangement off base anyway. I think there's some good gouge on PIT pads on here in some thread somewhere. Basically they'll charge you the on-base rate and most take the GTC too, all owned by folks out in the bro network and they're in the business of making things as easy as possible. Furnished apartment is an option too, plenty in San Antonio that are solidly priced. Side note on those: I remember some issues dudes had if they put their spouse's name on the lease with theirs. Some combination of Texas law merged with finance/JTR rules, and boom all of a sudden finance would not reimburse lodging expenses. If others know the story refer to appropriate thread or correct me as required please. Good luck brother, enjoy PIT! "Stay as long as you can, for the love of god cherish it." Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network Forums
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    Non-Availibility lodging/letter

    Call back later, don't mention "pet." Profit? Are you concerned about getting a good place to stay or more just curious if you can snag a non-a letter for the TDY? If the concern is no-kidding obtaining acceptable living conditions, there are way better ways to do PIT than living on RND. PIT pads (I think some are pet friendly too), furnished apartments, you name it. But, hopefully that's not new information. Good luck to ya, them folks at RND seem to be sticklers on the non-a thing. Fight the good fight man. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network Forums
  10. Back in the day in ROTC I think there was some sort of "desire joint spouse" option you could mark when you put in for your UPT bases. No guarantees on the timeline, but for us we got pilot slots February junior year, put in for bases in the fall, and got our base December senior year. That was 6 years ago so take it with a grain of salt. Good luck man. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network Forums
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    Track Selects and Assignment Nights

    Last CBM Track Select (Class 17-13, active duty only) 3x T-38 CBM 1x T-38 to ENJJPT 2x UH-1. Both wanted helos Rest to T-1s Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network Forums
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    Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    Looks like Hacker answered this a few months back. Good luck.
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    APACS request/Country/Theater Clearance may not be required since your trip part of a cruise. Foreign Clearance Guide specifies for sure. Didn't need it for a Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico cruise back in July. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network Forums
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    Mil competency add-ons before getting winged

    Yep, here ya go. From the "how to run pilot training" reg AETCI 36-2605v4 6.14. Civilian Flight Training. To maintain the integrity of the AETC training system, students rated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (private pilot, commercial pilot, etc.) may fly civilian aircraft once they enter into UPT, but they may not pursue additional ratings or qualifications. Students not rated by the FAA will not fly civilian aircraft after entering into UPT. *edited to update proper title of the reg Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network Forums
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Some extra info for clarification Ragged: Big picture: if formal training is 20 weeks or more in duration, it resets your OPR date. If shorter than 20 weeks, OPR date does not change. So, you receive a training report (475) at the end of UPT which then marks the start of your evaluation period for an OPR. If your follow-on FTU is less than 20 weeks long, you still get a training report when you finish FTU but it does not reset your OPR date, and your OPR will close out a year after you received your UPT training report. Be prepared for the potential that you may have an OPR due a year after you graduated from UPT. Ensure you have a passing score on the books before then.