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    Car loans and interest rates

    If you already have the appropriate cash reserves set aside, have enough cash flow each month to comfortably pay off the debt (in good markets and bad), AND you can put that money into an investment vehicle that will very very likely appreciate at a higher rate than 1.49%, then sure, go for it. Debt is just a tool. You can choose to use it, you can choose not to use it. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it by any means I handle my money similar to @waveshaper in that 99% of the time I’m going in with cash....but with enough cashflow and savings, I’m more than happy to take on some cheap* debt if it’ll bring future cash flow
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    Hurricane Michael

    If we’re throwing out ideas here, get some engineers to design a large waterproof vacuum seal storage bag and sink the jets for 24hrs.
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    Grumpy MC Driver

    @Linda
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    Stocks for Dummies (Aviators)

    @Craftsman Certainly no expert myself either but I mostly agree with avoiding mutual funds. Target date mutual funds even moreso. If indexes are good enough for Buffets family they’re good enough for me. With that being said, you can still find a handful of mutuals that have consistently outperformed SPY and VOO every year for the last 20 and have low fees. Dave Ramsey has some videos on the topic. Like with everyone else, I take what he says with a grain of salt. But good mutual funds are still out there if you do the research.
  5. I used their services and was hired shortly afterwards, I believe in large part because of it. I thought it was worthwhile and would definitely suggest it if you have the means. There wasn’t any groundbreaking information, per se, but the feedback I received was relevant, valuable and actionable. Ultimately, it’s up to you to get hired. Getting consulting is not a “make or break” thing, but if you decide to use their consulting services, you will be better off because of it. If you go through with it, make sure you are well prepared and take detailed notes.
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    Energy question - Challenge you to answer!

    Heat?
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    AFOQT scores too low?

    Your AFOQT scores are low but everything else looks pretty good. Keep studying and retake it ASAP as you’re starting to get in age waiver territory. Other than that you look plenty competitive to me. Keep visiting units, don’t get discouraged, and get your AFOQT scores up. If you can get all those scores up >70 I’m willing to bet you’ll get hired sooner rather than later. Good luck!
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    Upcoming Boards

    @ayz33 Dude, you’ll get picked up with that background. Go visit units as soon as financially possible. I (personally) can’t give you any specific advice on how early a unit will or will not hire, but go meet the guys/gals at the squadrons you’re interesed in ASAP. The sooner you visit, the better off you’ll be. Prior E with 99 pilot and 93 pcsm is pretty dang strong. Good Luck!
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    Chances for Fighter Units?

    I am going to use context clues (I.e. “Hopeful”) and assume that you’ve never been on a hiring board. If I’m wrong, I’ll gladly put my foot in my mouth. The dude is a mechanical engineer with a high Pilot and Nav score, decent flight hours, a LOR from an Active pilot, and he’s 23yo. A PCSM of 80 is in the ballpark. Is a hiring board going to be amazed all that? No. But if he visits a unit and hits it off with the guys he has as good of a chance as anyone does. To flat out say that he “doesn’t have a package for fighters” is garbage. @Fakedicck Apply. Send them far and wide and do your best to visit those units. You might not get picked up....but then again, you just might. Just like John Daily once said: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” Or was that Oprah? Regardless, you get the point.
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    Chances for Fighter Units?

    @Fakedicck Below is what was sent out by the 457th a month or two ago. “In the meantime this is a good synopsis of what you need to be competitive for a UPT spot. AFOQT PILOT 91 AFOQT NAVIGATOR 83 AFOQT ACADEMIC APTITUDE 65 AFOQT VERBAL 66 AFOQT QUANTITATIVE 60 ***PCSM 84*** GPA 3.3 FLYING HOURS 3.3 (and continuing to build hours)” Buckley Viper Hopeful is trolling you.
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    F-22 Pilot's comments after flying the F-4

    I always thought it would be cool to fly a P-51 in WW2
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    Standard Interview Questions

    I have consolidated a handful of the questions on this thread in case anyone wants to print them out for an interview prep. What leadership skills do you bring to the table? What is your career plan after you complete UPT? Why do you want to fly XXXXXX? How do you feel about killing someone? Explain induced drag. What’s your idea of a perfect day? Do you wear pink shirts? Do you have a fart can on your car? Have you ever met an f-15 pilot, if so did he hit on you? Favorite movie? Biggest accomplishment? Biggest failure? What did you learn from it? Explain your speeding tickets Why did you get a C in calculus? How do you deal with stress? What do you think UPT is going to be like? Have you done any research? Why do you think you should get this slot over the other candidates? What is the toughest thing you have ever done? What is your civilian job? With your civilian job, how often will you be able to fly with us? What accomplishment are you most proud of in your life and why? How do you think your civilian aviation experience will fit into UPT? What makes you think you'll be successful at UPT? How would my best friends describe me? What do I think is my biggest fault? Define the term Leadership What does it mean to me to be an officer? Tell me about a time that you had a disagreement with a peer and how you dealt with it Why do you want to be an Officer? A pilot? Which is more important and why? How do you feel about the possibility of having to shoot down a civilian airliner? If your dog was drowning and a complete stranger was drowning, who would you save if you could only save one? Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? Are there any questions for us? Why you? Tell me what leadership and integrity mean to you, and how they go together What will you do if you don't get selected? Why didn’t join the Air Force earlier? What are 3 characteristics of a good officer? Have you ever had to make a difficult decision? What else are you interested in besides flying? Loyalty vs Integrity? Why fighters? Are you applying to other units? How would you interact with other UPT classmates? Why you over the other people asked to interview?
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