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  1. Air Force to begin testing enlisted pilots

    Completely anecdotal but worth mentioning: In my Fort Rucker class we had a guy we'll call Ryan. The kid just could not hover. Maybe his instructor wasn't the right match, couldn't make the right connections for him, whatever. Or maybe the syllabus didn't afford Ryan the time and free space to focus on his weak area when we had a full list of other contact maneuvers to work on. Trying to be a bro, I invited Ryan over to put on my HTC Vive and I spun up the most accurate flight model for a Huey I could find (DCS Huey for the record). We spent a good hour drilling the required control inputs and hand-eye exercises demonstrating the various aerodynamic phenomena involved in hovering (and make no mistake for those who haven't flown a helicopter, hovering is all experimentation and feel till you get it.) No shit, within that hour something finally clicked and Ryan was getting it. The next day we saw that kid hover the way he was meant to in the helicopter and it wasn't a problem from then on. I bring up this story because I can see how as a function of part-task training, you could easily accelerate learning for very specific skill sets in undergraduate training using technology. To the extent that these accelerative events would add up to producing an extra pilot (or however many extra pilots) without sacrificing quality is obviously the big question. I'm just saying that I can see how there is value in holding the experiment.
  2. Any guard/reserve DOT guys here notice the NGB A3 timeline to full up is now showing about 5.5 years from start? I think it was closer to 3 years total when I was hired over two years ago. If I had to guess why so long I'd venture that significant b-course delays are the issue. Curious what the timeline is for the active duty component. Now back to your regular programming...
  3. Air Force to begin testing enlisted pilots

    If one believes per the article that a) there has just been poor communication about this aspect of the test and b) that they legitimately want data points on learning modes (and not trying to actually build an enlisted -> pilot program) then this is just a big flag that they are investing heavily in Instructional Design to optimize pilot production. In any case I think everyone is pretty clear that big AF has given up on the retention piece and is now in panic mode to make enough pilots fast enough to get us through what will be a very painful ripping of the bandaid as experiences guys continue to pull chocks. No matter how you slice it it's not a good signal.
  4. I'm just going to leave this right here.... https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/12/06/enlisted-combat-pilots-the-air-force-is-launching-a-test-that-could-lead-to-that/
  5. Requesting Status of Medical Waiver - FC1

    Have you gone to your med group? Sounds dumb but I spent months badgering my recruiters about my waivers and only got "we haven't heard anything yet". Walked across the hall into med group and spoke to a flight doc who was like "oh I have access to that system" and just pulled it up right then a there. Turns out Wright-Patt had submitted the paperwork maybe a month after my FC1.
  6. I have the milcomp but like my own civilian business everything in the northeast is seasonal and shutdown.
  7. More or less. They are trying to figure out how to put me on orders but the only option we are getting from NGB is to submit an ETP and rob from my MEST days (for MQT) which would make for a short seasoning. It just sucks because I have a wife and kid and my civilian job is seasonal (worst timing for all this unfortunately). Just trying to stay useful at the unit and use drill days until we can figure something out.
  8. Unable. I’m guard so we come off orders after UPT and they PCS us back home. My last aircraft was a Huey which my unit has none of. As of right now I am just a civilian with about six more months before I go back on orders. My colleague is an airline pilot (hired right out of UPT) so he has some way to keep his Air sense but I don’t have that luxury.
  9. Howdy. Both myself and a colleague at my unit finished UPT this past summer. Like many other MDS' our schoolhouse is extremely backed up and as a result (partially due to poor planning from the wing) we are facing a significant delay before we go to our B course. In my case it will be 9 months total of downtime (no flying) between UPT grad and going to IQT. I'd like to sell the idea of a fam ride program at my unit since the problem doesn't just affect me. Like I mentioned I have a colleague in the same boat and we have several new hires in the pipeline right now that will likely be in the same situation or worse. My thought was having some sort of structured fam ride progression that allows for periodic flying to keep guys like us entrenched in the USAF flying world...could be a way to keep our hands a little warmer and our brains a little sharper when we show up to school. Obviously it's on us to stay in the books but I think a case can be made that there's value in doing ground runs, going on the occasional contact ride, etc to bridge the gap on what would otherwise be almost a year of cold hands (or potentially longer for some folks). So far beyond the MDS vol1 and vol3 guidance the only other relevant literature I have found is in 11-401. In particular the 401 ANG SUP (attachment 5) has a ton of language on doing just this sort of thing. However, I'd like to hear from other guard dudes to see if it has been applied in such a context. A few questions.... 1) Is there anyone out there who has seen or run a program like this at their unit that I could talk to? 2) Can anyone recommend any other regs that might be permissive to such an idea without doing SMT waivers or sending paperwork up to NGB? 3) Any other ideas??? Thanks.
  10. Military Equivalency Process

    I literally just did this a few weeks ago and it was super easy. Don't pay anyone $250...get the Sheppard Air software (it'll take you less than two hours total time over the course of two days to get everything down to be ready for the test)...the software costs something like $30. Once you're done, schedule your test, pass it, fill out IACRA and get an appointment at the FSDO. Have all your paperwork handy (Sheppard can talk you through what you need over the phone or you can just ask the FSDO, it's pretty straight forward). Finally, I will add that you do NOT need to go through the local FSDO near your UPT base. Especially since some FSDOs are shittier than others and may not be very responsive or helpful. I happened to be in the Miami area for a few days and stopped by the FSDO down there and they had me in and out in an hour or two with ticket in hand. For IACRA make sure you are accurate and select the correct ratings and don't gyp yourself. For example as a helo guy we get the CPL IR for both fixed wing and rotary. I imagine for heavy guys you would get ME and whatever else corresponding to your training.
  11. Regs pertaining to Bursitis?

    If a rated fellow were to have an undiagnosed pre-patella bursa (bursitis with retinaculum damage and potential arthritis) what would this member be looking at in terms of medical restrictions? Is this a permanently DNIF situation?
  12. Dual qualification

    One thing I haven't seen in this thread or the original discussion in Track Select is the fact that this is already being done by the RPA Guard unit in Syracuse, NY. I have a buddy who was hired by them and was sent through UPT. I believe he went through the heavy track and now that he is rated is going to RPA school. Those guys are dual rated to both fly the RPA bird and also fly the chase plane (DA42?). I don't know much about it but it seems like a practical application of the dual qual concept.
  13. Many moons ago I posted on here asking for advice about juggling my small business while going through UPT. I got a variety of comments and direct messages ranging from "hire a manager" to "I can't see how it would work" to "a friend of a friend did something like that". I ended up hiring a manager to run the place while I was gone and gave up a big chunk of my salary to do it. But I trusted him, and with my wife's help running admin stuff from behind the scenes I was able to keep and actually grow my business. I just pinned on pilot wings a couple of days ago and wanted to come back here to thank everyone for the encouragement and advice. I also am back here to encourage others to do press with their dreams no matter how complicate their situation is. Presumably the core psychographic on the Guard/Res forum is someone who either has a job or plans on going back to one while flying for the military concurrently. UPT is incredibly challenging but it's not impossible while juggling stuff from back home. I had a full-time business that services over 1200 clients a year, have 6 staff that I had to manage and additionally had a wife and daughter that I brought with me to UPT that I had to play husband/father roles for. It was challenging but there are ways to get it done. Some things that worked for me: Compartmentalizing - Being good at this skill is essential whether you are a bachelor right out of college with no commitments or someone like me. I saw a dude break up with his fiancee, a bro's wife cheated on him with another officer in the squadron, another guy in my class who was a fellow business owner lost a partner while writing a PhD thesis...all of these things happened in the throes of UPT. Every single one of these guys shared the ability to switch hats quickly and prioritize and press. Being able to focus on the mission, put out the fire that's immediately in front of you and then go on to the next thing is an essential quality of being a USAF pilot in my opinion, and UPT seems to have a way of weeding people out who can't do it. Delegating - Being able to rely on my wife was the deal maker for this to work. She was incredible. Running the household, taking care of our daughter, running my business admin and ALSO working her job at a software company that she stayed on with when we moved for UPT (they let her work remotely) AND packing the house for multiple moves (4 military moves shipping 11,000lbs of household goods in the past 18 months)...she did it all. She was a champion and having someone that you can rely on is huge whether it be a parent, spouse, best friend, whatever. Know when to ask for help, people in your life will step up and you can't do it all on your own. Setting Expectations - When training my manager at the outset I made it very clear that he was going to have to be self-reliant. There were many days where I just wouldn't be able to pick up the phone and help him put out fires. Often he would forward angry customer emails that I wouldn't see until 3 days after he had already figured out how to deal with it. He had to learn a lot on his own or with delayed responses but it wasn't impossibly frustrating for him because he knew it was going to go down this way. Letting people in your life know (family, friends, colleagues) that you will be out of pocket is an important part of building the space you need to get things done and focus during UPT. Knowing your limits - I carried ORM points on basically every other ride. I didn't care what people thought although I got the sense it's taboo or some bullshit to admit weakness (especially during T6's). I wanted to be honest with myself and the crew in the back of my helicopter or other crews in our flight. I even found that my IPs became more honest and carried their own points when I added mine when they may not have otherwise. Having an honest conversation about the stressors in your life automatically helps make things safer because you can move on and compartmentalize. I also said "no" to rides. I was pressured by IPs to go when I felt I would be dangerous and I said no. It wasn't popular but I finished the syllabus on time and did well enough (#2 out of 8 for daily rides #3 for academics). I think being aware of your limits ultimately creates a culture of collaboration. Within my class, my stud bros and sis became more aware of everyone's inherent limitations and advantages which made us all work better together. We knew what we'd have to do when paired up with certain stick buddies or meshing with other crews on a ride. "Cooperate to graduate" can't happen if you don't know how to cooperate. Again, I am eternally grateful to all the advice I've been given and mentorship by those who've come before me, and guidance from the folks who held my hand at the squadron and had my back...including those who were willing to step up and take ownership when bad things happened (like when I came off orders in the middle of UPT). Thanks to all and hopefully this helps someone who is in a similar situation or someone who is considering going Guard but are worried they won't be able to reconcile all the forces in their lives asking for attention.