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  1. One Kidney

    So why don't you try an army forum?
  2. One Kidney

    Did you just create an account on an Air Force flying forum, pose some medically obscure scenario in reply to a post from 2006, and ask how it affects your chances with the Army? ...sounds like you're mentally qualified.
  3. Again, you need to finish your PPL and actually STUDY AFOQT prep books. Then retake the test. I'm not bashing on AD, it's all about lifestyle choices. But the general consensus is that ANG/AFRES > AD. You need to ask yourself what you want out of life. Would you like to have a full time commitment of 10 years in AD taking whatever is thrown at you (could be awesome, could be...not), or would you rather keep some semblance of a normal life and fly for the guard/reserve? The only catch is that you will need to be employable in the civilian world for most guard/reserve jobs, since they are typically part time after seasoning.
  4. GPA is competitive + STEM degree. You're good there, just don't let it fall. No, your volunteer stats are sufficient. You should aim to get a PPL at the very least and as many hours as financially possible. If you can afford to keep flying after PPL, get your instrument rating. So that's the good. Your AFOQT is sub par. Find a highly rated AFOQT study book on Amazon. Shouldn't be too hard, you're a data scientist, no? Formulate a study plan, take the test over and over again. Timed. However, I wouldn't take the AFOQT until after you take your PPL written. It will help your pilot score tremendously. And then take the TBAS. I'm not even going to comment as to why you'd consider active duty over ANG / AFRES. To each their own, but who wouldn't want to be able to pick their airframe and their base?
  5. TBAS Information

    Let me google that for you.
  6. No worries. I'm just another dude in your same situation. I have a 2.5 hour drive and I show up every drill. You should swear in ASAP and then you'll get paid to show up to drill (probably as an E3) and get free lodging. Just make sure you're on the Student Flight Roster before you make the drive. PM me if you have any questions.
  7. Dude...you got hired. Friggin' show up to drill and get your shit done. The guys hired in on my board who aren't willing to commute aren't nearly as far along in the process because they don't show up to drill. It's all about face time with the right people.
  8. Buckley 2018 UPT Board Difficulty?

    I personally think enlisting with the specific intent of getting a UPT slot is a waste of time. Either enlist because you believe in the mission, or broaden your application scope. Don't let your dead-set fighter attitude cause you to miss the boat altogether.
  9. Texas Church Shooting

    ...the hell?
  10. Should I test again?

    Scores are low. Retake both tests ASAP after executing a better study plan. Apply in the mean time and don't get discouraged.
  11. Viper down in DC

    You never know, that's the scary part. Just saw an engine come back into the shop with a sheared HP shaft because someone put a seal in backwards. Was fielded for about 250 hours. We couldn't believe it made it past the first run to takeoff power.
  12. I recall the first portion of the test (orientation questions) gives you instant feedback for each question. All of those questions are (or should be) freebies. I don't have specific feedback for your question since I didn't retake any tests, but I think you should retake the TBAS after studying the online flash cards.
  13. Did you get all the orientation questions correct?
  14. Painful and Honest Opinions for Fighters

    There is nothing remarkable about any of your numbers, but it sounds like you're on the right path. Your GPA is the only thing you can't do much about. But it's a STEM degree, so I think you're fine there. You definitely need to get your PPL. If you retake the AFOQT after you take the written test for your PPL, you will definitely bring that pilot score up. So get your PPL, retake AFOQT and TBAS, collect some good letters of recommendation, and start sending out applications. It won't hurt you to send out applications now, but I doubt you'll get much interest from fighter units. What will help is to start getting some face time with units at which you'd like to work. If the pilots know and like you, you're more likely to get an invite to the next hiring board. Bottom line - you're not in a very good spot right now. But your half-year plan is solid and you're young with plenty of time.