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  1. Yea, it seems it really varies. The squadron(s) I am particularly interested in are big on the PCSM score..I think with some study practice with the math stuff I could get my AFOQT up to a more competitive level.
  2. Hello Baseops, I was trying to get a feel for what a decent PCSM score looks like in the current Reserve/ANG hiring environment. AFOQT 75 for both Pilot and Nav, 127 or so hours flying time (have PPL, some XC time built up and 1/4 of the way through instrument training; working towards CSEL rating and maybe becoming a CFI while I work to get selected by a squadron and get to go to UPT). Current PCSM 69; I have another chance to take the AFOQT and I think I can raise it if I get some math tutoring help...I was able to find information about previous years on some forums somewhere and as I recall the median PCSM score for people selected for UPT in FY 16 or 17 was something like 66. Of course, the higher the better, but I was wondering if anyone had more current data or information. I'm pretty interested in flying fighters so that's some motivation to hit the books extra hard before giving the AFOQT another go. Thanks
  3. I know a bit about how the two differ, but what about getting in? I know that the ANG in particular seems to like to hire from within, but how does one get hired into the guard as a pilot off the street? I have about four units (mostly KC135) in the west and northwestern U.S. that I'd like to shoot for but I see a bit of a roadblock in trying to get in to the guard when you're not from the unit. I guess the answer is "be a good dude" and do the best you can, but can it realistically be done if you're not from that unit?
  4. Friend of a friend. It was a great adventure but very challenging mentally. It's hard to break into that industry if you don't know anybody who owns or runs a boat. Also keep in mind many (though not all) people who are in that industry do it because life has given them no other choice. You will be in a small space with some potentially very unpredictable people for weeks or months.
  5. Noted. Thank you, I have full intentions of graduating with as strong of a GPA as possible. I didn't know how early was to early to begin applying.
  6. 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: Academics: - 3.19 GPA, going into my last semester of college this fall and hope to bump it up to a 3.3 or greater. -Leadership experience: 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. -Teamwork/Communications: 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: -Communication skills -Situational Awareness -Working closely with others over long periods of time in high stress and potentially high danger situations -Physical Fitness: 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. Thanks for taking the time to read this, your feed back will be taken into account.
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