Currently trying to build a competitive résumé to be a pilot in the Reserve or Guard. I want to be ready to interview about a year from now. I want to fly heavies. I grew up around heavy pilots and always looked up to those guys. I have a good mentor that has made a career as a USAF pilot but it always helps to hear from other sources like this one as well. I have read extensively in the forums on this site and have found them very helpful. I want to fly because flying itself is very fun as well as challenging, I like being in environments with high expectations and I like being around people who go all in and commit to being their best at what they do, and I see that alot of that in the pilots and USAF people that I have known growing up. It doesn't hurt that the schedule is generally pretty good, too. Anyway, here's where I'm at:
- 3.19 GPA, going into my last semester of college this fall and hope to bump it up to a 3.3 or greater.
My internship over winter involved guiding other students for backcountry skiing and winter camping. I plan on getting more leadership experience this winter from a guiding company that I have my foot in the door with.
Spent a summer on a fishing boat in Alaska. Worked with very rough people over long periods of time (some 20 hr days broken up by two two hour naps) and high stress environment. Learned A TON from the challenge and experience of that job. Also built up (and really tested) the work ethic.
Currently on a Wild Land Fire crew, and I think that there are many parallels that can be drawn between fighting fire and flying, such as:
-Working closely with others over long periods of time in high stress and potentially high danger situations
Not a problem.
Now, here's what's lacking:
-Have not taken the AFOQT. I plan on studying for and hopefully taking this in the spring. I will utilize the forums on here to figure out how best to study for the test and do as well as possible. I know that this test is required and doing well is critical.
-Flight time (LOL ) obviously this is also very important if some body wants to be considered for a pilot slot. I signed up to start working on the PPL this fall and plan to have it completed by spring. I know that the general rule of thumb is the more hours the better, so I fly as much as possible once that gets going. I've flown in the sim a little bit, flown small airplanes a few times and have gotten to sit in the jump seat of some bigger planes and really enjoyed it all.
-Would like more formal leadership experience
-Have some volunteering time in, but plan on getting more when I go back to school in the fall.
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