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  1. Youngstown, OH 910th AW has the DoD's only large-area, fixed-wing aerial spray mission (pesticides, herbicides, oil clean-up). Don't know about firefighting however. Sent from my SM-G970U using Baseops Network mobile app
  2. O5 at my hiring unit keeps asking me why I'm not in OTS yet. He said once i get the FC1 it shouldn't take as long as i think to approve and that they can push it. Is it wrong to really doubt he's right? Sent from my SM-G900V using Baseops Network mobile app
  3. From what my recruiter/unit both said, "That sucks. Everyone asks to fill in absentee slots or speed it up somehow but its just slow." So good luck, man. Sent from my SM-G900V using Baseops Network mobile app
  4. Well if you applied in Jan, i applied in March. So 5 months from application to date for me. Good to hear I'm not the only slow one though. Sent from my SM-G900V using Baseops Network mobile app
  5. Thanks for catching me, and yes I'm just a lowly civilian lol. Updated my post with the date I just received. Currently reaching out to my recruiter to see if there's any way to get in sooner than August, that's way longer than I expected. Figured I'd submit an application and be at WPAFB 2 months later. Hoping I can bump that up.
  6. I totally forgot to post this following my interview back in Feb and for that I'm sorry for lack of detail, considering how well this thread helped me. I was the only civilian at mine so not sure how my interview compared to the Officer/Enlisted guys in the unit / Enlisted from another base. Got word that i knocked it out of the park and I believe its because i compiled all the questions from the threads and spent the time answering them. Casual interview environment with some joking, but I can't overemphasize how cool it was and the advice I got. Girl from another base said she was given a plane down scenario (at her home unit's interview) and basically had to answer in a timely manner how they'd deal with potential hostiles approaching a downed plane. Sounded rough compared to my experience at this other unit. Remember to have good thoughtful questions to ask them too by the way. Evaluate how they treat you and if the unit interviewing you (chances are you'll work with them all) has the leadership/atmosphere you'd want to spend your life working at. 1. Tell us about yourself. 2. What is the hardest thing you've ever had to do? 3. In what ways are you a leader? What type of leader are you? 4. How would your friends describe you? 5. Who were some role models in your life and why? 6. What do you know about the whole process? 7. Have you considered the time commitments / where will you work and what you will do besides the Reserve (seasoning will make it hard to have a job for a while after you're back at the base from training)? Deployments and TDY? 8. Some questions about my hobbies and personal interests. 9. What questions do you have for us? Attached the list of questions that I went through and answered. Ended up being about 7 pages of text but it was worth the time. Interview Questions Blank.pdf
  7. Civilian to Reserve heavy unit. AFOQT/TBAS: JAN 2018 PPL: OCT 2018 Application to Base: NOV 2018 Interview/Hire: 8 FEB 2019 FC1 Submitted: 7 MAR 2019 FC1 Notification of Scheduling: 3 MAY 2019 FC1 Date Scheduled: 19 AUG 2019
  8. I know you cannot have punctual plugs at the physical, it was listed on the LASIK waiver info. I would advise you use preservative free artificial tears (or a hot towel or whatever else helps you) and to not DQ yourself by getting diagnosed or treating it with plugs.
  9. I am the same age / similar boat, just got picked up by a Reserve unit. Sounds like you need to get a timeline going: make an application and apply to the units you want (and try to figure out which you want the most / why. Its important both for you and when they ask you at the interview why you applied there). If these units have set deadlines for applications and you think you can make that but not the AFOQT prior, then apply. I think you can do better on the AFOQT considering your grades and flight experience, I spent about a month studying every resource out there and taking practice tests, did well despite no flight experience. Like jonlbs said there's no punishment for going to a board more than once and you might be surprised at how much they weigh who you are vs. your scores. Study hard for the interviews and feel free to PM me for advice man. Good luck PS study for that TBAS too. Yes, there's ways you can prep for it.
  10. With an 86 pilot and a "meh" tbas attempt, I had a 52. So yes a dismally low pilot score will affect it. I believe navigator affects it (pcsm) marginally as well? 99 nav and no hours
  11. Someone posted a TBAS game very recently, if it isn't too late look for it.
  12. If they let you apply, go for it. Assuming you have a PPL already and just have to take the AFOQT and TBAS? If not, PPL first usually. I took the tests before but I bet I would've did better on the Pilot section had I waited until after PPL ground training.
  13. Wow very neat. Would've helped me a ton as I was TERRIBLE at this section and only this one. Playing fighter sims didn't help me at all, not sure what my problem is tbh. Going to play around with this for fun though just to see if I could get decent at it eventually. Not planning to retake the TBAS myself. Thanks for sharing to all those that will need it, I know I would be ecstatic to find this.
  14. Study hard for the AFOQT and TBAS and when you feel you're ready, ask a recruiter or go straight to a ROTC detachment at a college to ask to sign up. I wish I had started my PPL prior to taking the AFOQT as my Pilot score probably would've been 10% higher. If you feel like your recruiter is blowing you off, engage them or get another if you need to. Research and ensure there's nothing holding you back / waivers you may need. ie I got LASIK as I was worried about my vision DQ'ing me. Definitely stay abreast of unit activities you may get a chance to visit but it might not be worth your time/money traveling far before knowing where you stand as SugandeseFighter said.
  15. Interesting, I didn't realize this was the case. Thought if I applied for a rated position, they were all possible. I will definitely look into this and reach out to my Reserve recruiter for a point of contact. I was also concerned about swearing-in before getting a UPT slot guarantee but sounds like that's doable as well then. Thanks for sharing your experience!
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