Looks like I missed the cut on getting an interview with Oregon. So, I figured it's time to post one of these to try and get a better idea of my weaknesses and areas I can improve on. Of all the upcoming (fighter) boards this year, I figured this was one of my better shots of at least getting an interview, so looks like I have a lot of work to do. Any feedback is much appreciated!
AFOQT: 98 / 76 / 82 / 65 / 90
PCSM: 98 (will max once I reach 61 hours)
PPL (49.5 hours total / earned at 40)
FAA 1st Class Medical; No Limitations
Aerobatic Experience: MiG-15, L-39, Yak-52, Citabria
Currently: Fire Protection Engineer at a national laboratory (~ 4 years). Part of the lab's fire marshal team and assigned to overseeing the lab's Plutonium Facility (plutonium science/manufacturing facility which supports our national stockpile). Responsible for the fire protection oversight of ~1,000 people and ~$2 billion in lab assets.
Previously: FPE consultant (~ 1 year). Coordinated the fire protection needs on multi-disciplined engineering teams. Developed system designs/calculations for new projects.
Prior to graduating, I worked the following seasonal/summer jobs: Jamba Juice, Beer Distributing Warehouse (), and at an industrial park doing building maintenance/grounds upkeep.
Local Civil Air Patrol squadron (~ 4 years). Serve as Admin Officer, conduct monthly PT testing for cadets, and assist with monthly cadet aerospace education.
Emergency Operations Center at current job. Responsible for compiling and distributing incident reports/documentation to the EOC team during emergency situations.
Veterans Memorial Museum Docent (6 years - during college). Led guided tours for visitors, mentored junior docents on operations/knowledge, and helped with veterans assistance fairs.
TONS more volunteer/leadership activities, mostly during college, but the above is what I have/am including on my resume.
Highest employee performance rating at current job (top 10 percent) - 3 years
Professional Engineering License
1,400+ volunteer hours (mostly military / aviation related)
Summa Cum Laude (MS Degree) / Multiple Deans List
Master of Science - Fire Protection Engineering - 3.85 / 4.00
Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering - 3.01 / 4.00
Previous lab Group Leader (high level boss, retired) of 3 years. Worked with me daily, spoke very highly of my work ethic and performance, etc. - 32 years of military service.
Current job engineering Technical Lead and Civil Air Patrol SQ/CC. Talked about my work performance, volunteer involvement, and overall character.
Civil Air Patrol Vice Wing Commander and former SQ/CC. Talked about my volunteer involvement and overall character.
I believe my biggest areas of weakness right now are:
Age (28, will be 29 in May - Not much I can do about this. Goal: Get an interview to show units why I'm worth a waiver)
AFOQT Scores (Goal: Study hard and hit all 90's, even if Pilot score decreases)
Low hours/lack of advanced ratings (Goal: Increase hours short term / earn IR ticket medium term)
Didn't mesh well during visits?? (I wouldn't have thought this was the case but obviously a possibility)
I'm sure there are others that I'm overlooking though. I used Bogidope to really polish my cover letter and resume and I rushed multiple times. I know I'm fighting an uphill battle, just want to make sure I'm giving myself the best chance I can!
Thanks again for your time everyone, I really do appreciate any and all advice you can give, even if it's some tough love.