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  1. Vance AFB information

    Does anyone have the latest gouge on housing options in Enid they'd like to share? What are the odds of me getting off base as a single guy with no dependents, best places to live off base, apartments, side off town? I will be reporting there next month so i'm trying to figure out what I should do regarding housing. My hopes are to get off base so I can move my gf down with me. How realistic would this be? Thanks in advance for any input.
  2. Published list of OTS start dates?

    Yeah OTS is now 8.5 weeks for everyone. They will send the pre-rec course out no later than 60 days prior to start date. And this is not a course you can knock out in a weekend, just the CBT's are 30 hours of computer work and then you have some other work they ask you to do. I steadily worked on it for the full 60 days, considering I juggled it around my family, civ job, and all the other stuff that goes on concurrent in the training pipeline. So don't expect to get paid for doing it. UPT classes start roughly at least once a month. For the reserves we got a dream sheet to pick our base, and 90% got their preferred base. Not sure how the guard works though.
  3. Published list of OTS start dates?

    True to an extent. Some are starting UPT in December and the ones starting in later Jan are going to SERE in between.
  4. Details on Age Requirements

    Your recruiter is full of it, he just wants to increase his odds of getting you checked off for his quota. And my OTS date was 3 months after me getting approved by the AFRC board. Now that's reserves, not sure about AD. They usually want you to start the process by your 28th bday so there will be no in question you can be in UPT by 30. You're in a good position regarding age, just keep it moving along and don't let your recruiter jerk you around. Some of those guys you really need to hound to keep stuff moving along.
  5. Pretty much anything in the defense industry, they seem to value past mil experience the most. My company employs a ton of prior mil people in our defense sector. This is for a couple reasons, 1.)They understand how the military works and how to deal with them, doing business with a gov will make a civ (non prior) pull their hair out due to the fact that none of how the mil deals with things makes a lick of sense. 2.) Companies see 20 years as an officer essentially as 20 years com of leadership (management) experience, which is awesome when they are deciding a salary. 3.) 1 and 2 combined with technical knowledge is a huge benefit as well. Aircraft manufactures also like prior mil, I've even see some gigs where you can still fly occasionally while holding a management role.
  6. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    Cliff notes on the ASAP reporting shenanigans? I'm assuming its similar to ASRS reporting? Sounds like a witch hunt.
  7. KC-46A Info

    Interesting enough the 707 was actually developed as a tanker first, then converted to a civilian airliner.
  8. KC-46A Info

    The 135 was considered a interim tanker. Meaning literally a temporary gap filler until something else could be developed. This is what the 46 is also being called. Boeing is already working on a clean sheet design tanker. The link below has some neat history on the 135. http://www.amc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/147243/development-of-the-modern-air-refueling-aircraft/
  9. KC-46A Info

    What i was told is that its just a gap filler until they develop something to replace all the 135's with. But the 135 was also just suppose to be a filler......
  10. Dyess B-1 Reserves Fall Hiring Board

    Some people probably don't feel comfortable sending all their personal info to a gmail account...... Weird right? Come on guys, didn't Hillary teach us anything on using a gmail account for DOD biz....
  11. Chances at an ANG Fighter Squadron

    They say give about 30 days to study. Focus the most on the sections that count towards the pilot and nav scores, because that is what gets looked at and goes into the PCSM formula. I didn't buy any books as most the info is available online. I also took a bunch of timed practice test, the hardest part is the time limits they give you. You being a CFI will help a bunch on the aviation knowledge and instrument reading, Its very basic and anyone that went through a ppl ground course should be able to get all of them correct. In all honesty I only studied about 2 hours everyday for a week then went and took it. I ended up getting a 94 for pilot, did pretty bad on the other sections but still got above the min required to be bale to apply for a pilot slot.
  12. Chances at an ANG Fighter Squadron

    If your intentions are to fly , I would be careful of taking the gamble and enlist "hoping" to get hired. All 3 guys that got hired with my unit, including my self, were off the street. We interviewed along side current enlisted folks and came out ahead. In my opinion if you have a competitive package and seem like a good dude they will hire the best fit. If you do well on your AFOQT and TBAS you will have a pretty competitive package, the rest is up to you being a good fit with the unit.
  13. IFS

    Did they give you a PPL after IFS? Also not to hijack the thread but since you are currently in UPT I am going to pick your brain while I have the chance. Did most the guys start upt at or about a PPL level? As in all had around 60 hours? How do the studs that came in with 500 + hours and advance ratings do? I've heard many different conflicting opinions on this, some say it shows a lot and they do well, but others say they have a difficult time transitioning to the military way of flying. Thanks for your input and good luck on track select night!
  14. So I've been trying to figure out my pay during OTS, UPT, and as a traditional reservist. Forgive me if some of these questions sound dumb, coming from the civ word and still figuring out the mil pay structure. Wondering If any one still in UPT, or just finished could give me an idea to some of the questions below. My civ employer offer's differential pay for long term and short term deployments. They consider anything under 30 days short term and over 30 days extended. They only pay dif pay for 12 months of any extended deployment. Question: Will OTS and UPT be separate orders? Or will I be considered "deployed" from day 1 of OTS until I become a traditional reservist? To take advantage of this benefit I need to submit a LES, is that the mil version of a monthly pay statement? Also what is pay like throughout UPT? I've looked at the pay charts and know basic pay for a O-1 is roughly 36k a year. But what else it included, like Basic Allowance for Subsistence? or Aviation Career Incentive Pay? Whats pay like for a fresh Lt after a 2 week TDY? For the dif pay stated above, they only allow 30 days of short term deployment dif pay in any calendar year. I suspect (or at least hope) I will be flying more than 30 days a year, so i'm trying to figure out if a 2 week TDY is comparable to half a months salary for me. Thanks in advance for any input from the guys that have recently done this. I'm just trying to get ahead of what the situation financially will be before i step into training and start going full speed.
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