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  1. Test Pilot School - AD vs ANG

    I understand that UPT is challenging and that I am likely getting ahead of myself, but I’m just trying to get as much information as I can to try and figure out what path I want to take.
  2. Test Pilot School - AD vs ANG

    Thanks for the detailed reply. Seems like if TPS is my end goal, it may be better to go AD. Hard to know exactly what I want at this point though. I'm just going to be so happy if I get a slot anywhere. Follow on question. Does your assignment after TPS usually involve flying the same type of aircraft that you flew before TPS? That is, if you flew fighters before, you will likely be testing fighters after?
  3. Test Pilot School - AD vs ANG

    If my ultimate goal is to become a test pilot, would I be better off going AD or ANG? It seems like it is entirely possibly for ANG pilots to apply and get accepted to TPS. I know that there are huge benefits to the ANG (knowing your aircraft and location), but could AD potentially be a better option? One of the reasons I don't want to go AD is because I want to fly fighters, but if I my larger goal is to become a test pilot, it wouldn't matter if I was assigned heavies, right? Also based on the requirements to apply for TPS (Less than 9 years and 6 months in service, 12 months AC in a MWS, 750 hours of being an IP in a MWS), would it be easier/faster to achieve these hours going AD? Please let me know what you think/ where my thinking might be wrong. Side question: What kind of assignments do test pilots get after TPS? Do they incur an extra service commitment and usually stay at Edwards?
  4. UPT vs UFT

    The whole reason I originally made this thread was because I read about having to apply for all 4 positions, and I wasn't sure if this also applied to civilian applications (initially was confused about UFT vs UPT, but now understand they are the same). Here is the 2018 UFT Board thread: In the thread, Pred69 says this: So I guess everyone now has to apply for all positions. So what happens if you do not get selected for pilot but that is all you wanted? You turn it down and never get to apply again? Probably going to pursue the Guard route until age would force me try for AD then...
  5. Today I went in to get my third class medical renewed so that I could continue getting hours. While talking to the cool Doc, he suggested that we just bump me up to a first class medical since I was qualified. He thought that this might be something good to have on my record while applying for pilot positions. How similar is the FAA First Class Medical to the FC1 required for Air Force pilots? I'm assuming the FC1 is much stricter. Is it even worth mentioning that I have a first class FAA medical while applying to ANG units? Does this just look dumb or will it make them not have to worry that I am not medically qualified? Any thought would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  6. UPT vs UFT

    What is the difference between Undergraduate PILOT Training and Undergraduate FLYING Training? From doing some reading, it seems like UFT is for those who are already officers, whereas UPT boards include OTS and pilot training. I cannot find this explicitly written anywhere though.
  7. I'm 20 years old and will be applying to UPT boards soon. About a year ago I started having back pain. Not sure what causes it but it comes once every few months and only lasts a few days to a week. Really only hurts to try and bend over and touch my toes. Not sure how to go about this. Should I try to visit a chiropractor? Or should I try to just ignore it because it probably isn't too severe. Basically just want to minimize my chances of getting DQd and I don't know if going to a chiropractor could increase them. If I went to a chiropractor, I would need to tell them about it right? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  8. Chances at an ANG Fighter Squadron

    Somewhat similar boat to you. I am 20 and looking at ANG wings. 1. Study for and take the AFOQT and TBAS ASAP. You can retake the AFOQT after 1 year so you want to get your first one done as soon as you feel ready. You have a lot more hours than me so your PCSM (combined AFOQT and TBAS) score should come out to be pretty good. Either contact the ANG wing about this or a local AFROTC detachment. I did mine both at the AFROTC detachment at my college and they were very helpful. 2. If you want PRK/LASIK, try to get that done soon too. I had mine done in May and I have to wait 6 months to apply to make sure the surgery went okay. Also check the medical section on the forum to find out the details to see if you even need it. If you are 20/30 and 20/40 without the glasses on, you don't. If you do need it, make sure you get the appropriate form and go over it with your doctor so that everything is documented before/during/after the surgery. 3. As long as you didn't admit to smoking marijuana like 100 times, you'll be fine. An AD recruiter told me they are getting easier and easier on marijuana rules every year and you can admit to smoking something like 20 times now before it matters. This is AD though. An ANG wing may personally care more. I don't know about enlisting before trying to apply to a UPT board. Really depends on the specific ANG wing. Some wings only hire from within. Try getting in contact with other wings with airframes/locations you are interested in and seeing if you can visit. You can then decide where you feel you would like it/fit best and if it would be worth it for you to enlist to try to increase your chances.
  9. Thanks for the great response. Seems like having a part time flying gig wouldn't be as bad as I thought.
  10. Just to clarify, does USERRA require them to hold my job for me after ~2 years of training and ~3 years of seasoning? That seems like way too stupid (not sure if this would even be a good thing) to be true. Especially since I would be volunteering for the guard, and it's not like it's a required deployment after already being in. Also if I'm flying 5 times a month (let's just say every Monday), they are also required to have a job for me Tue-Fri? If this is true, I doubt any typical salaried employer would hire you knowing you are going to be flying 5+ days a month, which means that you would need that job before you started flying, which was 5 years ago... I guess do any part time pilots hold traditional jobs that aren't flying for the airlines? Seems nearly impossible that an employer would be required to put up with that shit.
  11. Two similar questions here, both having to do with civilian employer requirements for holding your job. I am going to be a senior in college majoring in mechanical engineering. I am planning on applying to some guard units that I am interested in, but also for a full time engineering job. My scores are good, but I'm not sure any guard unit will pick me up on my first application as I am pretty young. My question is, are civilian employers legally required to hold my job for me when I get back? I know that they are legally required to when you deploy in the guard, but I'm not sure how this works with pilot training. Also, I think ideally I would like to fly full time for the guard. But if I am not able to fly full time (let's say I fly something like 5 times a month, something more than the typical drill weekends and 2 weeks required) are they required to keep my job? I didn't think in any of these circumstances an employer would be required to keep my job, but reading another post made me wonder. Just trying to figure out what my options are so that I have a job before I am picked up by a unit and hopefully can find something that works if I am part time with a unit. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  12. PRK and LASIK Information

    I have been in contact with an AD and ANG recruiter who have told me different things about the time I need to wait after having eye surgery. One says it is 6 months and the other 12. Also, is this time measured from the date of my surgery to the date of my application, MEPS, or FC1/MFS? Any help would be great.
  13. IFS

    What determines if you will go to IFS? I heard before that if you have your PPL you are generally not sent, but I have now read some posts and even a book with a guy who had 800+ hours and multiple ratings was still sent to IFS. I am going to be getting some more flying hours soon, but I am not sure about getting my PPL. Should I want to go to IFS? And in order to go to IFS should I refrain from getting my PPL?
  14. Alert

    Thank you for the reply! Very helpful. I may be understanding you wrong and maybe it differs by unit, but while you are on alert orders for 3,6,12 months or whatever it is, are you actually required to be at base 24/7? Or do you work in shifts and are only required to be there maybe 12 hours?
  15. Alert

    Why? What's so great about being on alert? That's what I'm trying to figure out.