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  1. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    Full disclosure, I have absolutely 0 insider knowledge, this is purely a personal guess... I would speculate the board was moved up because we are expected to have the 2019 NDAA signed into law on time for the first time in two decades (potentially tomorrow). Traditionally, the AF hasn't known it's FY budget until months into the FY which has made it difficult to figure out how many selects can be picked up. I'd imagine that's why it has been in January/February. Last year's board hinted that the budgets had influence when the release for last year's was actually postponed after the budget NDAA announcement came out, and we saw an increase in selects. As far as number of selectees, I would imagine it would be similar to last year or maybe a little more. That is speculation based on the fact that the pool of applicants will probably be smaller this year with the boards moving up (therefore the same number of selects would mean a higher overall selection rate), and the fact that the AF has publicly stated they are increasing pilot production by 200 more pilots a year going forward. Once again though, this is all my own personal opinion on the question you asked. Best of luck to you, if you're submitting this year!
  2. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    You can apply three times, but you must rank all jobs you are medically qualified for each time. If selected for any slot and you reject that selection, then you cannot reapply for the UFT board. If you're asking about my reasoning for waiting, that is because had he been picked up for CSO instead of pilot, he would have had to take it or stay his original AFSC. All of this information is in the board release by the way. If you haven't read it, I would highly recommend you do.
  3. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    I will say that one take away from last year's board that I see. Is reading through the old thread and seeing those that got picked up, I think Big Blue is sending a pretty clear message. That is that they want as fresh of bodies as possible to retain in the long run. It looks like the less time in service you have, it may give you a better shot.
  4. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    Ya, you never know... They've had a CSO with a 1 PCSM. It's possible. I think it shows they really do look at the whole person, but the things that you can control like your PCSM and PPL can help boost you. I know someone picked up with a 65, no PPL last year. I was trying to tell him to wait a year and boost his score to make sure he'd get a pilot slot over one of the others. I was clearly wrong. He walked away with the pilot slot. Then there are people with PPLs getting passed over if you look at last year's thread.
  5. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    That graphic is the number of applicants selected for pilot from the board. Go to this link on the portal to get the full slide deck. It will give you that same info for RPA, ABM, and CSO all from the same boards. They only publish numbers selected, never the number that applied. They make the same generic post on their portal page though saying the numbers are around 200 total applicants. If you add each total up, and assume 200, you've got over a 50% shot at getting picked up for something.
  6. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    I can confirm that is definitely true. I submitted mine with a waiver a couple months ago, and it came back stating no waiver required. They are still requiring me to go to Wright-Pat though. Yes, this is for AD only. I would look for another thread for your question, not sure anyone here is going to be much help. I would guess you should be looking for OTS information though.
  7. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    So the reduction means you don't have to get a waiver for eye surgery anymore? My physical is already submitted with a waiver for LASIK so I'm just wondering.
  8. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    I guess there's good and bad news there for you. Last year rated applicants weren't required to rank ABM, so you wouldn't have to worry about that one atleast. The bad news... You said you don't have portal access? Does that mean you are new to AD and are in the RPA pipeline right now? If so, I believe you have to have 2.5 years post training to apply. That'll also in the board release when it drops though.
  9. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    Not sure there's anyway to know that until the release drops, but I would speculate that that will be the case again. They ran into the problem of not being able to fill ABM and CSO slots two boards ago because not enough people ranked them, so by making you rank all of them, then they can fill all their slots. Who knows though? Maybe they'll change their mind. It does appear those slots are going to people with lower scores when you check out the stats on the portal. There also are far few of those slots than pilot, so it doesn't seem that likely you'd get them if you put in a little time to get a competitive package. The ones I know that have gotten those slots, are the ones that just wanted a career change and didn't really care what they got.
  10. UPT_Hopeful

    2019 Air Force Active Duty UPT Board

    That's what I am assuming, but I'm not sure of an official announcement saying that. The past two board releases have dropped in June. If they sped it up, it wouldn't hurt my feels though.
  11. First off, congrats to all of those that were selected for the 2018 board! I know the MyPers release has not dropped yet, but I wanted to go ahead and put this thread up because last year one of the board members was nice enough to reach out and give us info early on here. Also, it lets everyone thinking of applying get a head start on asking questions. Best of luck to everyone, and I look forward to seeing the updates!
  12. UPT_Hopeful

    2018 Active Duty UFT Board

    Dutch566 did you have an ETP too? If not, would you mind sharing your PCSM?