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  1. If it were me, I would absolutely not retake the AFOQT. Your scores are great and are super competitive. Your resume and experience is much greater than most people that apply. Make sure you communicate that being older has led to achieving all of the things you have done so far etc. You have a phenomenal well rounded packet imo. (just my .02 coming from an age waiver heavy guy)
  2. I personally would start applying ASAP but that depends on what you want to do as a career and whether that involves favoring AD or flying civilian or even something else entirely. If you want a good shot at fighters and the family doesn't mind moving around for a while then AD is the way to go. The scores look good but I would advocate doing at least some single engine GA flying to bump it up a few levels and get to that first solo at a minimum.
  3. I used BogiDope for a mock interview and was thoroughly impressed and feel a lot more prepared for the real deal. Without giving all of his info away just in case (seems like some of us spoke to the same person), the interviewer I had is a current fighter pilot commander who not only interviewed over 5 times himself as an applicant but has now sat on more UPT boards than he can remember. It was great practice and just a good way to ease some of the nerves before going to the real interview. He gave me great feedback after and I really feel a lot more comfortable after having done a mock with him. I also just love getting emails from the site saying that a new job posting has opened up and frantically opening the email to see what airframe/where it is!
  4. Brad Pitt is dreamy... Side note: I got my rejection email from the 133rd ARS at Pease for the KC-46 today. I know most of you guys are looking at fighters but good luck to whoever gets a shot at the new tanker, looks pretty nice compared to the 1958 model!
  5. I haven't rushed any too far from me yet but have chatted with the guys at Youngstown who were awesome and said they definitely need pilots and can work a waiver. I plan on checking out Mansfield and have heard great things about the guys at Rickenbacker. I did get a couple interview bites for next month at some heavy units so we'll see how that goes! I also got rejected today for the KC-46 at Pease but I figured that would be a pretty competitive one anyway even without needing an ETP.
  6. This whole story just sounds absolutely ridiculous, I'm sorry. You need a new CFI anyway in my opinion and I've heard many stories of DPE's like this. If you show an instructor the ACS and read it verbatim and they disagree...time to leave anyway man. I recommend still trying to finish the PPL part 61 because you meet all of the requirements and you are so close. If you go to a part 141 at this point they will only transfer in a certain % of your hours towards their syllabus most likely. It will end up costing you more in the long run with the extra hours and ground requirements and there really isn't a benefit. Is there a local flying club or anything nearby?
  7. Grats, that's awesome! That seems to be the normal timeline recently, I'm guessing you did not need a waiver? Are you able to share where you got picked up at by chance?
  8. Thanks guys, that's what I was hoping to hear but wasn't sure how much the age issue still applies in this environment. I've sent my packet to a few heavy units recently so we'll see what happens! Where are you guys at in the process? @Engraft @Waterhouse
  9. What's up everybody! Long time lurker, first time poster. I'm a former AD KC-135 Boom Operator that has been working to get a spot for UPT anywhere and on any airplane! I obviously feel like I'd be a good fit at a tanker squadron since I know the drill but I am open to serving once again anyway and anywhere I can. Here are some of my scores: Age: 32! I don't feel THAT old... KC-135 Boom Operator, MacDill AFB Pilot: 90 PCSM: 89 Bachelor's of Business Admin 3.1 MBA 4.0 Commercial Pilot License; ASEL; Instrument Airplane 295 Total Time LOR's Major - KC-135 Pilot, Reserves Captain - KC-135 Pilot, Current AD T6 IP Lt. - KC-135 Pilot, ANG Director of MBA Program Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice I was a boomer down at MacDill while I was active for a few years and have since moved back up north to my home state of Ohio. I'm a diehard Browns fan and can kind of say that proudly now since we've actually won a football game! I've been finishing my MBA and flying GA aircraft since I separated. The GI Bill has been a godsend. I have just finished my CPL and will be going for my CFI in October. I found my love for airplanes and service a little later in life than most but I'm hoping that I don't get penalized too harshly for that. I didn't grow up in an aviation or military family and I decided to join the Air Force and enlist after I graduated with my bachelor's degree. It seemed like a small decision at the time but it changed my life in so many ways. I loved my job while enlisted and the only reason I decided not to reenlist was because I knew I finally had a passion in life and it wasn't behind a desk in the business sector, it was flying airplanes. I've been shooting my applications out wide and far because my wife and I are 100% committed to relocating anywhere that would have us. She works in a hospital and has never had trouble finding a job while I was dragging her across the country during my active duty time. She understands the lifestyle and the deployments since she's already been through it with me before (if you can call 2 month tanker deployments a deployment!). This forum has been such an amazing resource already and I've made some great contacts just from reading others posts and chatting through messages. I hope to see some of you guys out there or message me on here, thanks for reading! Go Browns!
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