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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Thanks for the great response. Seems like having a part time flying gig wouldn't be as bad as I thought.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 only 21. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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?
  11. Alert

    Why? What's so great about being on alert? That's what I'm trying to figure out.
  12. Can somebody explain what being an alert ANG fighter wing entails? I understand what the purpose of an alert base is, but how does it change the life of a pilot? Do you get to fly more hours comparatively to a non-alert fighter wing? Are there more full time AGR and ART positions available? Do you have to spend nights at the base?
  13. I have 3 questions all related to first assignments after UPT. 1. Lets say you really want to fly Eagles or Raptors. You do well in UPT, but none drop so you get selected for Vipers instead. After your first assignment, are you able to switch over? How likely is this and what is the process like? 2. Let's say you don't do as well as you would've liked to in UPT and get assigned to a C-17. What are the chances for then switching over to any fighter? I assume this is very low. 3. Finally, why is it seen as a bad thing to be a FAIP? Do you not get a lot of hours? Does the Air Force not select the better pilots to be instructors?
  14. AD vs ANG

    Makes a lot of sense! Thanks for the advice man, and good to know I'm not directly competing with guys like you! i might get some more hours, but I am really going to try and stick my foot in the door somehow and try to get them to know me.
  15. AD vs ANG

    They have boards just for priors? Initially I was interested in the 115th for location, but after making this post and reading other threads it seems like any ANG wing may be a better bet, and the 115th would be especially amazing for me. Just worried that I will have literally zero chance being a fresh college grad. It seems that I have decent AFOQT and PCSM scores, but I only have 13 hours and no military experience. Why would they ever pick me over a guy who has 10+ years flying in the military already?