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  1. Backing up what @FLEA and @viper154 said on the DITY. I flew up, rented a truck, hired movers to pack and load, and drove the truck down myself. I took all the receipts from the truck, movers, fuel, etc. to TMO and got those amounts taken off the taxable amount paid out for weight, the packet certified, and sent off to my finance office. The payments are in the works and I've gotten the tickets that they're to be paid out, so I think all is well. As for hiring movers and still doing a DITY, a Guard bro here at UPT with some solid prior service time and a lot of financial savvy told me you can definitely do that. He said he just hired movers on his own and was able to come out ahead because they were below what the government would have paid out. It's more wrangling on your end by getting everything lined up properly by booking the movers, getting them on base, ensuring they get the weigh tickets, etc., but it's definitely doable and you can get a few bucks for your trouble, as long as your bill for hiring them is less than 95% of what the government would have paid out to do it themselves. And you don't have to wait weeks for your stuff.
  2. Congrats on getting through the board! You'll probably be in the next OTS classes, as long as your MFS goes off without a hitch and your medical is certified. That can take a month or two, which might delay your OTS, if you get bogged down. But, I think mid Oct is the beginning of FY20 classes, from something I remember seeing passed around, so you've got a little bit of cushion (but not much) built in for certification since you're going in mid-July. I was picked up in the Sept 2018 AFRC board (had my FC1 complete and certified before going to the board) and made the next batch of available OTS classes in Jan 2019 after that board. Your recruiter should be getting you sworn in soon and the 340th will gain you at some point in the next month or two, I'd guess. Then you'll head down to Randolph ~2 weeks before your OTS start date for a week of Inprocessing. You're in the Delayed Entry Program, so you won't be drilling or anything; just swearing in and waiting until they bring you down for Inpro before OTS. Reach out to the 340th before too long to ensure your paperwork goes through properly and they gain you. My paperwork (1288 form, specifically) got a little screwed up from my recruiter and I ended up getting gained by my home unit, which is not supposed to happen; all Reservists go to the 340th FTG for the training pipeline, no matter who you're picked up by. So, there was some time burned getting that squared away, but it worked out in the end. Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions along the way!
  3. Yes, as I understand it, part of what they do (beyond wrangling us Reservists) is to help place Unsponsored folks because they can't really go chasing down interviews while in training. But, there's always the chance "needs of the AF" overrules if you don't get picked up.
  4. No worries, dude! I'll definitely offer up the advice someone told me: make everyone tell you "No." Apply everywhere you'd consider applying to and to every airframe you'd think you'd enjoy flying. You're not out of any fight until they definitively have told you, "No," and closed the door on coming back for another application period. Unsponsored is good and you might have a leg up getting hired if you're already through OTS and here at UPT, because you've got pilot community connections helping make connections at a unit and an interested unit just has to agree to pick up the tab. In the Guard pipeline, this is doubly so, as they have to fight for each training slot (OTS, IFT/SERE, UPT, etc.); the Reserves just have you shunted to the 340th, which handles all training for all Reservists, regardless of the squadron. On the downside, until you get picked up, you're at the whim of the Reserves and don't have a "champion" of your cause. If you're picked up by a unit before starting the ride, you'll have them in your corner if you hit any bumps and to help push your paperwork. Pros and cons to both. Either way, just keep doing all you can to get that spot!
  5. I'm not sure if they bumped Unsponsored age cutoff up with the general UPT cutoff age (from 30 to 33), but I thought it was 28.. So, if not, you might be a little late to grab one of those. My .02 from the few Unsponsored dudes I know here at UPT is that it's not terrible. One got picked up before even starting UPT and the others are still in the hunt. You'll be likely shunted into T1s and leaving fighters a very long shot, but it's not impossible if you get picked up. I wouldn't rule it out if it's an option. They need meat in the seats, so my brief time on base at UPT hasn't had anyone dropping drones. But, that can always change. You have a good explanation for the college scores, but you might have to overcome the AFOQT scores, too. Your pilot is strong, and your PCSM is decent for heavies (fighters will be a stretch, I'd guess), but the other scores might on the low side for a lot of boards. I had a low Quant, so they can definitely be overcome, but you've got a few that aren't helping much. In the end, it depends on how bad you want to fly mil, no matter the airframe, or if you're set on a certain mission. Keep networking and making friends in the community; that'll help, too! Good luck!
  6. I'm just getting ready to start UPT and got in with a Reserves heavy squadron, so I'm not sure I'm going to have the fighter game down very well and I'm not a pilot on a hiring board, but I can look over your packet for ya if you just want a different set of eyes. I did manage to get myself picked up at 36 with no prior service and worse scores than you've got, so I reckon my packet wasn't terrible. If you want me to take a look, just PM me on here with your info and I'll get to it when I can. I'm in the middle of moving into my house and have my family coming down on Sunday, so it might take me a few days to get to it.
  7. I just had this situation and, yes, the AF has the same (I believe; I'm a Reservist, so I can't speak 100% to AD rules). I PCS'd to UPT right after OTS and left the wife and kiddo at home. She was still working and I had the TDY to SERE between OTS and UPT anyway, so it made more sense for her to stay home.
  8. @SocialD They mentioned the possibility of Unsponsored hires FAIP-ing when my batch went through Inpro late last year, but I'm not sure if/how that's playing out. The Unsponsored I know that were interested in it seem to feel as though that option fizzled (at least for -38 tracking) as they have dates/TLNs for T1s already. I'm sure it's not as easy as 1-2-3, so I don't know where the bumps may be.
  9. THIS OTHER LOGGING THREAD has some pretty good info. I linked to page 14, since it had some specific explanations of UPT time, but the whole thread is good. In a few other convos I've had, I'm of the understanding that if you have a PPL and an ASEL rating, you CAN log T6 time as PIC on flights you are the sole manipulator of the controls. It won't count as "sign for the plane" PIC time that some airlines are counting, but it does count as PIC since you are the sole manipulator. YMMV and opinions seem to differ, but that's my take...
  10. BLUF: AFAIK, they aren't doing waivers for Active Duty that high up in age, but they are going through for Reserves/Guard. However, if you want it, you better start getting your ducks in a row and reaching out to any and all contacts you have from past service that might be able to help out. Networking is what makes this all happen. They have definitely eased rules, but I wouldn't push too much longer. You'll have a little more leeway with prior service, but you're not "buying" back the years you were in; they just might give you more of a look and be willing to work the age waiver for higher ages if you've got prior service time. That said, it's not a regular occurrence or given and I'd get cracking ASAFP. The process can be long; especially if you go the Guard route, which seems to take quite a bit longer than the Reserves for all of the boxes to be checked. I've also heard horror stories of waivers getting shot down at various levels in the NGB months into the process, so definitely be aware of the process if you push that route. Reserves you can get the ball rolling with a Reserves recruiter right now, work on getting MEPS and an FC1 done on your own dime, and get all of the other paperwork done by the time you sit down with any units for interviews. If you wait for a unit to hire you and push you through those steps, you're going to draw out quite a bit. Honestly, I would start applying yesterday to any and every unit you can. If you're down for the C5, HERE'S A LINK TO THEIR UPCOMING HIRING at Dover. This is where I got scooped up and I couldn't be happier. They're an awesome group of guys and they're not strangers to doing a waiver (source: my old, non-prior-ass getting one at 36 that they helped immensely with pushing from their end). I'm CERTAINLY not the norm, but I was able to get from hired, through the UPT board, and stepping foot into OTS almost exactly 6 months later and will be starting UPT in less than 11 months from hire date. That is a pretty blistering pace for the process; especially with a waiver. That said, I did a TON of my own legwork with the recruiter before getting hired, got MEPS and my FC1, and a lot of paperwork out of the way PRIOR to interviewing with the 709th. They just pushed their hiring paperwork/my waiver through to get me to the next UPT board. Good luck out there! Feel free to hit me up if you have any questions.
  11. You've got one hell of a packet, dude. While I know nothing of the hiring inner workings as a new guy in the training pipeline, I think you could write your ticket, especially in the helo or heavy world, with your scores and background. Gonna second @Stoker completely; especially on the Reserves timeline. I'm old as shit and needed an ETP, but was able to hustle and go from unit hiring to OTS in right about 6 months with the Reserves; that's with pushing the ETP. Guard has supposedly streamlined things, but I've heard more than a few horror stories of drawn out processes and would expect a longer ride, if you go that route. Biggest advice on next steps would be to get talking to a Recruiter to get the ball rolling on paperwork and your FC1. If you can get over the medical hump, the rest opens up quite a bit and I think you'd have no problem getting snagged. Good luck!
  12. No idea, unfortunately. I will say that you won't be able to live in NJ (legally) while working for NYPD. Us and NYPD can't a mile across the Hudson in Jersey City, but you can live 100 miles out in Montauk on LI. Of course, there are folks that don't fully follow those NY State only residency rules, but you're doing so at your own risk and, if you get caught, it can be painful. Sounds like you've got a pretty open batch of options, so good luck! You've got a lot of time, too, so just be persistent!
  13. It completely depends on hiring needs, but it seems a lot of places are twice a year; with once annually being the most common. McGuire has 3 options (2 KC-10 squadrons and a C-17 squadron) that seem to hire a decent amount. I've heard the KC-10 squadrons supposedly have low manning, but I've also met a metric f-ton of people recently going to fly for those squadrons. If you go Guard, you've got NYANG C17s at Stewart that will click off your season/mountain/civil service job points. NYPD pays pretty well, you're definitely seeing some interesting stuff and have a lot of options for work environments, and The City is pretty solid with supporting military service. That unit has quite a few NYPD/FDNY members, too. Anyway, knock out those AFOQT and TBAS tests and see where your scores will take you. It'll give you a much better idea where you stand that you'll know what doors will be open. Then you can turn your focus to the other pieces.
  14. Awesome, dude. You've got the right mindset, for sure. Make them tell you, "No," because, until then, you don't know for sure that it won't work. Send as many apps as you can, even if they say "no waivers" because it's all good practice. Even more so, you never know who might see your packet and think you'd be a good fit for ### unit and reach out to their buddy there to pass along your packet. And I'm flattered, dude, but my story and background is no better than anyone else's, by any stretch. I got lucky, for sure, but I also created a bit of my own luck by trying to get my best foot forward and put as much legwork as possible to remove as many potential hurdles as possible. Keep up the good work! Start firing out applications (I have a little time, so feel free to shoot over your packet if you need another set of eyes) and apply anywhere you think you'd consider being. Have good (legitimate) reasons for applying to any unit you do and sell yourself to the best of your ability. It's not impossible until the last fighter unit says, "No," right? Good luck!
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