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  1. I had a gap in orders between OTS/UPT and UPT/PIQ, so plan for the worst case accordingly. USERRA is a wonderful thing if you do have a job by the time you leave for training. However, your unit should work with you and keep you on orders if the gap is less than 30 days.
  2. I’m 31 and single with no kids. It has never been as issue with me ever. Especially if you don’t mind being the DD haha.
  3. Congratulations, getting picked up by any squadron is a big deal. My biggest advice is to embrace humility until you’ve made it. There’s still a long way to go, and a lot more opportunities ahead for training to knock you on your as*. To answer your question, when I was picked up a while back, my own father laughed in my face for me wanting to quit my civilian job to be a pilot. Our relationship deteriorated for a while, but come graduation day at UPT, he was the one beaming the most. People will come around. Keep chasing that dream.
  4. You won’t need a waiver. GPA requirement pretty much only applies if you’re applying to AD boards.
  5. My waiver was approved by NGB/SG. Sure, the state surgeon may help or hinder (I’ve dealt with both), but the finally authority came from NGB. Just make sure you have your ducks in a row with paperwork, second opinions, medical reports, etc., and know what those say inside and out. If SG rejects the waiver, FIGHT! NGB f’ed up my waiver the first time around, solely for the fact that the person reviewing it was sloppy and didn’t care to read all the way through the reports.
  6. Shack. Studs also don’t realize how many badass and different missions are out there besides warheads-on-foreheads. When I went through T-6s, every Friday an IP from a different platform would brief us on their mission, family life, lifestyle, trips, etc. I knew at least five classmates that realized they wanted AFSOC/AMC after all.
  7. I’d be hard pressed to find a T-1 stud that tracked a F-35 or F-15E in those drops 😉
  8. What the heck did I just read?
  9. That looks like an unofficial, in-house reg. About six years ago when I was looking at doing AD before getting picked up by the guard, my own recruiter had a document somewhat similar to that. It wasn’t an official reg. I’d highly recommend you find another recruiter elsewhere.
  10. Three checkrides in the T-1: Transition, Navigation, and Mobility Fundamentals.
  11. I don’t have my stein handy, but I’m 99.69% certain this is the company CBM studs use for steins. They always seem to turn out well. https://www.ajmugs.com/products.php?category=Steins
  12. Some will hold joint pilot/nav boards, others separately. Best bet would to check out their websites, bogidope, or cold calling the squadron POC.
  13. From my understanding, C-130H units are generally hurting for Navs in the ANG/AFRC. You shouldn’t have a tough time landing a slot with a unit, if you choose to go that route.
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