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  1. 2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    But there were more rumored applicants than rumored slots so I don't think they extended the deadline to simply get enough applicants to fill the slots. Ultimately it comes down to waiting until the list is released because we don't have any other information to go off of.
  2. 2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    Using the PDSMs from previous years this is my hypothesis: the results will be pushed on February 12 and we will find out Wednesday the 14th. In 2017, the PDSM was published on February 13th, 12 business days after the board closed from 23-26 January. In 2016, it was 11 days from 25-28 January until 12 February. In 2015, it was 18 business days from 17-20 February until 18 March. In last year's forum thread there was an update to the portal page on 1 February saying the results would be published on 13 February. Also note that last year the PDSM is dated the 13th but the earliest anyone posted about finding out was the 14th so 13 Feb might be more realistic. Last year the moderator of the board said they pushed out the PDSM on Monday the 13th. Some folks found out from their commanders on the 14th. On Thursday the 16th someone posted that the list was public on Mypers and on Friday folks reported receiving a auto generated email from vMPF. I have no idea if the ETP extension will delay the release.
  3. https://www.amazon.com/AFOQT-Study-Guide-2018-Qualifying/dp/1628454776/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516820418&sr=8-1&keywords=afoqt https://www.amazon.com/AFOQT-Practice-Test-Book-Qualifying/dp/1635301491/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1516820418&sr=8-3&keywords=afoqt I used these two. The first one I purchased because when you look at it on Amazon you can click the 'look inside' button and scroll through a good amount of the book and get a feel for the amount of actual info they have on the pilot knowledge section. The second one I got for practice tests, be warned that some of the questions have incorrect answers in the back but that is only for 2 or 3 and luckily the questions they have the wrong answer for are pretty easy to catch. There is a website where I paid like 10 bucks for 3 pdfs of tests that I don't recommend.
  4. 2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    If only they also listed how many applicants had a PPL or what their average PCSM was lol.
  5. 2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    I believe this is in regards to the upcoming 2018 active duty board which will meet in a few weeks for current officers.
  6. 2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    What makes you say that?
  7. 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!!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).