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  1. Thunderbird F-16 flips at KDAY

    "Originally developed for pilots who faced a hazard with water pooling on aircraft canopies and windshields, the coating is designed to quickly shed water off transparent surfaces for improved visibility during inclement weather" http://www.wpafb.af.mil/Portals/60/documents/afrl/sbir/achievements/archive/Luna_Innovations_N102-135.pdf?ver=2017-06-06-141643-410 This the stuff you're referring to?
  2. Thoughts on my Chances

    Won't have an effect on the selection process. AFAIK they can only see the most recent score. Degree doesn't have to be STEM - I was just picked up with a Poli Sci/Sociology degree. Your GPA just has to be above a 2.5
  3. Deciding to retake AFOQT

    Again, I'm not sure on the ROTC process regarding how competitive it is but I've seen people get Pilot slots with scores similar to yours. Is there no way you can compete for a Pilot slot with those scores? Or have you already tried and got denied? If you study the right way for at least a month there's no reason you shouldn't be able to improve your scores the 2nd time around now that you know what to expect from the test. I had the same fear as you that I would fail the AFOQT the second time around and when I left the testing room I thought I failed the math portion. It turns out that I improved every composite score, doubled my quant score and bumped my PCSM in the process - I'm now waiting on a class date for OTS/UPT. What I'm trying to say is that realistically the AFOQT is a hard test to fail so I really wouldn't worry about that especially since you already passed once. Don't let fear of failure keep you from shooting for your goal - just prepare the right way leading up to the test, put the work in and you'll be fine.
  4. Deciding to retake AFOQT

    1. Probably - what are your current scores? 2. A lot 3. Pilot composite score went up 3 points, PCSM went up 2 points - see number 2 4. Not sure what you mean by upgraded - from what I understand if you're an RPA Pilot and you want to cross over to Pilot, you have to submit to the UPT board for current officers, which is arguably the most competitive route to getting to Pilot training If you want to be a Pilot, don't settle for anything else. Retake the AFOQT and crush it, and get some flying hours if you haven't already. I'm going the OTS route so I don't know the ROTC process and how heavily they weigh the PCSM in their selection, but it definitely can't hurt
  5. Chances at an ANG Fighter Squadron

    The Pilot portion of the AFOQT is without a doubt the most important part of that test for someone looking to get a Pilot slot because it has a large effect on your PCSM, but definitely don't neglect the other portions. My scores were as follows: 90s/80s/60s/70s/40s (didn't take a single math class in college and yeah.. math is not my subject) The reason I mention this is directly related to your question - I interviewed with a fighter unit and one of their questions was something to the effect of "so you have some test scores that are pretty good and some others that are not so good - why should we feel confident that you'll be able to pass the academic portions of UPT?" Study for the test every night (or as much as realistically able) for a month and time yourself. The content of the test is not that hard, but the time limits make it difficult. If it hasn't been mentioned here yet, never leave a question blank - you don't lose points for wrong answers so leaving answers unfilled is leaving a 20% shot at a right answer on the table. Good luck
  6. I agree with the mentality that whatever you get is what you get and make the best of it. Everyone going into UPT thru Active Duty knows (or should know) the deal and how the drop process works, it's not a secret. I was just curious if the AF allowed swaps and if it was common.
  7. Thanks for the info. Of course I'm not planning on having to do it but it's good to know there's at least a slim possibility to swap assignments if it can be mutually beneficial.
  8. Just out of curiosity - is it common/possible for guys to request to trade drops? In the above example, the guy that was upset about getting an F-16; could he have found another T-38 stud and traded assignments with him if they wanted each others airframe? On the surface it seems like it would make sense so that everybody's happy but I'm sure there's more to it than that
  9. TBAS Information

    I've seen low to mid 80's and as high as 85 with that flight time bracket and a similar AFOQT score
  10. TBAS Information

    If you're confident you can do better the second time around 100% retake it. One of the newer Pilots at a guard F-16 unit I recently interviewed at said he had a 94 PCSM when he was selected, just to give you a reference point
  11. TBAS Information

    You could definitely squeeze a few more points out of the PCSM if you retook the TBAS. Are you looking to apply AD or Guard/Reserve?
  12. The Pilot AFOQT composite has a considerable impact on your PCSM score. Definitely retake and shoot for 80s/90s there
  13. What do you think?

    Yeah, those stats are for the Active Duty board for current officers. If I'm not mistaken that's the most competitive avenue to a UPT slot. The Active Duty OTS process is entirely different. They're not selecting you on your potential ability as a Pilot but rather your potential ability as an officer. If you're in the Facebook group for 17OT02 you can see the grading criteria. To summarize it, the PCSM score is applied within the "education" grading block which also includes your AFOQT score and GPA. The education block makes up 3/10ths of your entire score. So it stands to reason that your PCSM makes up a relatively small portion of your overall application.
  14. TBAS Information

    I think the AFOQT Pilot composite is a bigger part of the PCSM algorithm than it's given credit for (ie in comparison to flight hours). When I re-took my AFOQT my Pilot score went from a 93 to a 96. In that process my PCSM jumped 2 points from 76 to 78. Flight hours/TBAS didn't change. Simple math would show that 3 additional points on the Pilot composite equated to 2 PCSM points but I doubt that scale is linear. For reference another 9 flying hours would put me in the 21+ hours bracket and bump my PCSM to an 82. So for dudes in the 80s on the Pilot composite it might be worth it to retake if you think you can score in the high 90s. Would definitely seem like a cheaper alternative to getting more hours if time/money are tight.