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  1. 2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    @IMUA . Thanks for the response. I tried getting a hold of the POC but they are probably swamped with calls at this moment. I was able to adjust my personal letter a bit (a new addition this year) to mention my flight hours. I will have to submit an MFR to update my 215 to show the latest pilot-in-command time date (which was actually today) since back when I submitted my 215 to my commander I hadn't solo'd yet. Now the form has been signed so its locked. Once the board has those two pieces of information hopefully it signals to them that although I might not have my PPL yet, I am doing everything I can to get one as fast as possible. It'll probably be a stretch to get the full PPL before the deadline for updates in January, but I should be able to finish a sports license. I'm not sure whether or not they care about any of that, but I've been doing literally everything I can for this application and am eager to show it in some way! Regardless, continued flying will get me into the 41-61 category which will get my PCSM up to 73. I'll be happy to be out of the 60's. Good luck to everyone submitting applications tomorrow!!
  2. 2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    On the 215 instructions is says: Civilian Flying Experience: FAA certifications (i.e. Multi-Engine Land, Certified Flight Instructor, Airline Transport Pilot, etc.) may be annotated at the applicant's discretion in the remarks section. My question is, what remarks section? On the first page there is a block 18 where text could be entered, but that does not appear to be intended for "remarks" which begins below that block in section V. There is a text box, but again I think that is intended to explain if you answered yes to question 18. Does anyone know where we are supposed to list civilian flight experience beyond just the yes/no question about a PPL? I ask because I have 31 hours, but no certificate and would like to annotate that somewhere on the application.
  3. For the TBAS, not enough. For the AFOQT, multiple hours a week for two or three months. I took every practice test I could find but I only studied the pilot categories.
  4. I improved my AFOQT pilot score from a 71 to a 99 and it improved my PCSM from a 36 to a 62. The small improvement on the PCSM even with a good AFOQT pilot score is reflective of have done really poorly on the TBAS. I have two AFOQT study books I'd be happy to send you if you are interested. PM me.
  5. In fact it is your only other option. Beware though, there is no guarantee that you will do better on the TBAS the second time. I know people who have done worse, as evidenced by their PCSM scores (for different levels of hours) going down. The way I see it you have two options: Option 1 is the TBAS. The pro is that it is free and quick, you've already seen it once so you can likely do better, you know of some resources you can use to prepare, etc. However, the cons are that this is your last shot, that your score could go down, and that there are some sections of the test that you really can't prepare for. Option 2 is flying. The pro is that there is no risk, in other words your score can only go up and in fact you know exactly how much it will go up for a given number of hours. The cons are that it is slow, expensive, and there are diminishing returns. (When I say no risk I mean strictly in the context of the PCSM, there are obvious other risks, costs, and opportunity costs associated with flying). There used to be a third option (retake the AFOQT). You've already executed that option which was smart. Now you need to decide whether or not you want to go with Option 2 and Option 1 or just Option 2, since you should definitely do the risk-free Option 2. You said your hours were 67, that's pretty good, so the 81 is certainly attainable and 101 might be too. My additional two cents. For most people 201+ hours is not financially feasible / would take way too long. Another option (lets call it option 4) you have is to strongly reconsider your 'dead set on fighters' mentality. While fighters are a fantastic goal and represent an incredible element of the Air Force mission set they are just a piece of the pie and by no means the only cool piece of pie. Ask yourself why you want fighters and if you would be happy flying something else. Ultimately you need to consider the needs of the Air Force.. which might not be for you to be in a single seater and you need to ask yourself if you're okay with that. If you're not okay with the needs of the Air Force creeping into and in front of your wants, well then you need to reconsider the Air Force in the first place. A well-balanced blend of these options will get you in an AF cockpit.
  6. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    "The Air Force needs about 1,500 pilots more than it has." - although we already knew this, I wonder what it means for the number of slots in the upcoming active duty UFT board.
  7. 2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    Do we have any idea when they will be, looks like the applications are generally due in november from what I can find online with the boards meeting in january. With all this talk of the shortage, I wonder if they will pick up more folks. I can see why they would (such a large demand) and why they wouldn't (ability to supply via training pipeline).